About Peter Eerens

30+ years of international public health practice, mainly management of technical assistance programs in countries of Africa. Familiar with intervention frameworks of bi-laterals, multi-laterals, non-governmental organization, international foundations and charities . Positively-biased towards integrated approaches in health systems development, but fully cognizant of traditional programs (FP/RH, MNCH, CS, Mal, HIV/TB, WASH, Nutrition, Mental Health, Infectious Diseases, etc. and cross cutting subsystems or building blocks approaches (governance, finance, service delivery, logistics, etc.) . Life long interest in complexity science and its translation into actionable insights applicable to health systems. Promotor of the concept of "living health systems" in which evolution is emphasized rather than structure and which integrates life sciences thinking. Familiar with multiple supervision and quality improvement frameworks and with the fascination that health professionals have with checklists. Offers alternative vision on checklist and their use in the study of dynamic networks.

Full Professional Proficiency
Full Professional Proficiency
Native or Bilingual Proficiency

Interests are where experts would like to focus their attention on Collectivity and try new fields.


Harvard School of Public Health
August 1990 to May 1991
Boston, United States
International health epidemiology, ecology, political science, health management


Fractals and Scaling
Santa Fe Institute of Complexity
March 2018 to April 2018
Santa Fe, United States
This online course is intended for anyone who is interested in an overview of how ideas from fractals and scaling are used to study complex systems. Self-similarity dimension; box-counting dimension; power laws and their relation to fractals; empirical examples of power laws; mechanisms for generating power laws. Rich-get-richer phenomena; metabolic scaling. West-Brown-Enquist scaling theory ; urban scaling.

Financing for Development
Open Learning Campus
March 2017 to March 2017
Online Cours, United States
Main sources of and trends in development finance; innovative solutions for generating the resources required to implement the new global development agenda. This course has focus on the increasing need for mobilizing public resources to leverage the large and growing pools of private finance potentially available for development. Insights into current thinking on how to make more effective use of domestic public resources, Official Development Assistance, and private and multilateral development bank finance.

Advances in Complex Systems - certificate
Lake Como School of Advanced Studies in Complex Systems
July 2015 to July 2015
Como, Italy
Seminars, presentations and discussions on different topics: e.g. Economic complexity ; Controlling complex systems; crisis in simple macro economic models; Darwinian dynamics and large deviations; Bipartite networks; Pattern formation, Pathway based personalized analysis of cancer; Pattern formation in cellular systems, Global Systems Science Developed collaboration with Milano University - economic complexity group

Nonlinear Dynamics: mathematical and Computational Approaches
Santa Fe Institute of Complexity
October 2014 to December 2014
Santa Fe , United States
This on line course provides a broad introduction to the field of nonlinear dynamics, focusing both on the mathematics and the computational tools that are so important in the study of chaotic systems. Overview of the field and its history, the dynamics of maps—discrete-time dynamical systems—notions of state space, trajectories, attractors and basins of attraction, stability and instability, bifurcations, and the Feigenbaum number ; Study of flows and continuous-time dynamical systems; How to solve chaotic systems numerically, and learning what challenges arise in that process. Techniques and tools for applying all of this theory to real-world data.