Population Health Monitoring

Climbing the Information Pyramid

  • Marieke Verschuuren
  • Hans van Oers

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxv
  2. Marieke Verschuuren, Hans van Oers
    Pages 1-9
  3. Bernd Rechel, Nicole Rosenkoetter, Marieke Verschuuren, Hans van Oers
    Pages 11-34
  4. Michael van den Berg, Peter Achterberg, Henk Hilderink, Arpana Verma, Marieke Verschuuren
    Pages 35-58
  5. Mariken Tijhuis, Jonas David Finger, Lany Slobbe, Reijo Sund, Hanna Tolonen
    Pages 59-81
  6. Marieke Verschuuren, Hans van Oers, Henk Hilderink, Neil Riley
    Pages 83-105
  7. Marja van Bon-Martens, Hans van Oers, Marieke Verschuuren, Laurens Zwakhals
    Pages 107-125
  8. Rosemary Rushmer, Vicky Ward, Tim Nguyen, Tanja Kuchenmüller
    Pages 127-150 Open Access
  9. Ahmad Reza Hosseinpoor, Nicole Bergen
    Pages 151-173 Open Access
  10. Rainer Fehr, the EUPHA Sections working group on Health Assessments
    Pages 175-196
  11. Back Matter
    Pages 205-209

About this book


This timely volume presents an in-depth tour of population health monitoring—what it is, what it does, and why it has become increasingly important to health information systems across Europe. Introductory chapters ground readers in the structures of health information systems, and the main theoretical and conceptual models of population health monitoring. From there, contributors offer tools and guidelines for optimum monitoring, including best practices for gathering and contextualizing data and for disseminating findings, to benefit the people most affected by the information. And an extended example follows the step-by-step processes of population health monitoring through a study of health inequalities, from data collection to policy recommendations.

 Included in the coverage:

·         Structuring health information: frameworks, models, and indicators

·         Analysis: contextualization of process and content

·         Knowledge translation: key concepts, terms, and activities

·         Health inequality monitoring: a practical application of population health monitoring

·         Relating population health monitoring to other types of health assessments

·         Population health monitoring: strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats

A robust guide with international implications for an emerging field, Population Health Monitoring is a salient reference for public health experts working in the field of health information as well as post-graduate public health students and public health policymakers.  

"In this comprehensive and easy to read volume, Verschuuren and van Oers, accompanied by other specialists in the field, present a fresh and thoroughly researched contribution on the discipline of population health monitoring. They critically analyse and describe the phases, functions and approaches to population health monitoring but far more importantly, the discipline is positioned within the wider domains of public health, health policy and health systems. The book is definitely highly recommended reading for students of public health and health services management but is also a useful refresher course for public health practitioners."

Natasha Azzopardi Muscat, President, European Public Health Association

Chapter 7 of this book is available open access under a CC BY 3.0 IGO license at

Chapter 8 of this book is available open access under a CC BY 3.0 IGO license at   


population health health information systems health systems public health indicators public health data public health reporting knowledge transfer knowledge translation knowledge synthesis evidence-based policy evidence-informed policy public health policy making foresights health assessments public health surveillance health monitoring data forecasts hybrid open access

Editors and affiliations

  • Marieke Verschuuren
    • 1
  • Hans van Oers
    • 2
  1. 1.Centre for Health Knowledge IntegrationNational Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM)BilthovenThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Chief Science Officer Health System Assessment and Policy SupportNational Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM)BilthovenThe Netherlands

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2019
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Medicine
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-76561-7
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-76562-4
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