Jantine Schuit

Professor Jantine Schuit

Jantine Schuit (1964) is member of the Executive Board and Vice Rector Magnificus of Tilburg University since November 2020.

Jantine Schuit is Professor of Health, Behavior and Society. Her research area of interest is the effectiveness of health-related behavioral interventions and policy measures. In her scientific work, Jantine Schuit aspires to contribute to effective and sustainable preventive interventions.


  With the focus on
Strategy, profile, governance and identity  
  • Quality assurance and accreditation
  • Academic study success
  • New degree programs and educational innovation
  • Internationalization of education
  • Marketing and recruitment
Research and Impact
  • Quality assurance
  • Academic Collaborative Centers
  • Centers and Institutes
  • Open science
  • External acquisition
Human Resources (HR)
  • Recognition and rewards
  • Talent management
  • Diversity and inclusion
  • Social safety
Sustainability and Well-being
  • Sustainable campus
  • Healthy Campus

Ancillary activities

  • Member of and independent advisor to the Executive Board of the West Brabant Regional Health Service (GGD)
  • Member of the WO Advisory Committee for VSBfonds Scholarship Program
  • Member of the International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity Editorial Board

Functional activities

  • Universiteiten van Nederland Education and Research steering committee (SOO) member 
  • Brainport Smart District board member
  • HOVO Brabant Seniors Academy board member
  • Mindlabs board member
  • We Care steering committee member
  • Member of the Visiting Committee Nivel

Study and former principal functions

Jantine Schuit studied Health Promotion and Consumer Sciences at Wageningen University.

From 1990 up to and including 1997 she was a researcher at Wageningen University, obtaining a doctorate for a study into the effect of an exercise program on risk factors for heart and vascular diseases in the elderly.

From 1997 up to and including 2017 she worked at the RIVM (National Institute for Public Health and Environment), among other things as head of the Centre for nutrition, prevention and health care.

From 2005 she held the endowed chair in Health Promotion and Policy at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, supervising PhD students and teaching Bachelor's and Master's classes in public health, prevention and health policy.

Between September 2017 and November 2020, Jantine Schuit was dean of the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences at Tilburg University.