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Dr. Alma Tostmann 


Infectious diseases and global health


Alma Tostmann (PhD) is an infectious disease epidemiologist who is specialized in outbreak investigations, infectious disease surveillance and applied epidemiological research, working at the Department of Primary and Community Care at and with the Radboud Institute for Health Sciences at Radboudumc. Her area of research includes epidemiology of vaccine preventable diseases, infection prevention among refugees in the Netherlands, antibiotic resistance in the public health domain, and hospital infection prevention and control.

Dr Tostmann was trained as biomedical scientist and graduated as epidemiologist at the Radboudumc in 2004. She holds a PhD in tuberculosis treatment and transmission, for which she performed some years of field work and data collection at the Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Centre in Moshi, northern Tanzania, while working for the Department of Respiratory Medicine in collaboration with the Department of Pharmacy. After her PhD, she was selected for the European Program for Intervention Epidemiology Training, which is organized by the European Centre for Disease Control in Stockholm. The training took place at Public Health England in the UK from 2009-2011.

With the newly required applied infectious disease epidemiological skills, she returned to the Radboudumc in 2012 as postdoc researcher and lecturer at the Dept of Primary and Community Care, where she works for the Academic Public Health Initiative AMPHI ( From 2013-2016 she was also working as epidemiologist for the infection prevention and control unit of the Department of Medical Microbiology.

National & International Personal Prizes & Awards

- 2014: Teacher of the Year (‘Docent van het jaar’), Biomedical Science, year 3. - 2009: selected for the competitive European Program for Intervention Epidemiology Training. [hosted by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control in Stockholm; based at Health Protection Agency -now Public Health England] - 2008: awarded “L’Oréal/UNESCO For Young Women in Science Fellowship” (1 of 15 worldwide)

Secondary functions

Lecturer at the National School of Public Health

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