Since October 2009, Prof. Van geertruyden created and coordinates the Global Health institute (GHI; former International health Unit; IHU)
He worked over a decade as a clinician and a manager in several humanitarian and disease control projects in developing countries mostly in Sub Saharan Africa with the 'World Health Organization' (WHO) and 'Médecins Sans Frontières'(MSF).
His academic career started at the Tropical institute in Antwerp where he was involved in malaria and HIV research and teaching activities.
His interst is still mainly concentrated on malaria but als extended to health system research related to Chronic Disease Management, HPV-cancer, task shifting& sharing. Most research projects have a major capacity building component in the South (Masters or PhDs). His main expertise lies in biostatistical support, operational research, designing and implementing quantitative research designs, disease control and conducting clinical trials in resource poor settings.