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The mission of HAPS is to enhance healthy ageing in society by studying the societal aspects of the process of healthy ageing, over the life course, focussing on the interactions between the three societal levels: macro, meso, micro.

HA​PS is multidisciplinary in nature and combines the individual approach of epidemiology with the macro-population and socio-cultural approach of (social) demography and the institutional and network approaches of sociology. An outline of the scientific rationale has been published in “Stolk, Hutter, Wittek.
Population ageing research: a family of disciplines. Eur J Epidemiol 2009“ (for download please see below)