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Interdepartmental Program in Health Economics


Are you interested in finding out what Johns Hopkins Health Economics alumni are up to?

Our health economists have gone to work in the public and private sectors, as well as in academia.

Check out a Twitter list of faculty and alumni tweets.

Lisa Clemans-Cope, PhD 

Lisa ClemansLisa currently works in Washington, DC as an Associate Professor for the Department of Family and Medicine and and Adjunct Associate Professor for the Department of Health Services at the University of Washington. Her previous job was a senior research associate and health economist at the Urban Institute, a nonprofit, nonpartisan policy research “think tank.” Her areas of expertise include health spending, access to and use of health care, private insurance, Medicaid and CHIP programs, Medicaid/Medicare “dual” eligibles, health reform legislation and regulation, health-related survey data, and Medicaid administrative and claims data including MSIS and MAX. An example of her research is a project that explored the large differences in US health insurance coverage by racial and ethnic groups, and how state’s policy decisions under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) could affect the distribution of coverage. These estimates were computed as part of a microsimulation model, and show results by state and detailed subgroups of race and ethnicity, including subgroups of Asian/Pacific Islanders and Latinos, and American Indian/Alaska Natives by tribe. In other research, Clemans-Cope is conducting quantitative and qualitative analyses of federal and state implementation of the ACA and an evaluation of children’s access to and use of health services in the CHIP program. While health policy research is her main focus, Lisa engages policymakers in using research to support policy decisions and works with various forms of media to engage the public in understanding the impact of policy decisions.  Clemans-Cope has published research in journals including The New England Journal of Medicine, Health Affairs, Pediatrics, and Inquiry. Her work has been cited in media including The Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, Forbes, National Journal,, The Huffington Post, The Incidental Economist, and Modern Healthcare. She has appeared on National Public Radio and Fox News. She holds a doctorate in health economics from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and B.A. in economics from Princeton University. “Follow Lisa at @LisaClemansCope”

Arantxa Colchero, PhD

ArantxaArantxa is currently an assistant professor at the National Institute of Public Health (INSP).  She graduated from the Johns Hopkins Health Economics program in 2007 where she did her research on the impact of obesity on women’s labor supply and earnings in Cebu.  Since returning to Mexico, her main research interests are the use of econometric techniques to study the determinants of overweight and obesity in developing countries, particularly among women; and the design and evaluation of innovative strategies to prevent and reduce obesity such as taxation. Other interests are the design and evaluation of structural interventions for HIV prevention and treatment among high-risk populations. She is National Researcher I by the National System of Researchers and Researcher D by the National Institutes of Health in Mexico. She is the President of the Health Economics Academic Committee and member of the Research Commission at the National Institute of Public Health.

Bianca Frogner, PhD 

BiancaBianca once expected to become a physician, but undergraduate courses in public health persuaded her that good health involves so much more than just medicine. Deciding instead to pursue training in health economics, Bianca Frogner now takes a fresh approach to the analysis of health care spending, using macroeconomic theories and models of workforce dynamics (involving, for example, labor, wages, and technology). As a graduate student, Bianca compared the determinants of health spending across Organization of Economic Development countries and has subsequently collaborated on a variety of health system topics, including consumer-directed health care, Medicare risk adjustment, and health reform. Bianca also served as a consultant on health services delivery issues for the World Bank, the Kaiser Family Foundation, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and the South Africa National Education Health and Allied Workers Union. Bianca teaches courses on health economics and quantitative methods. Bianca earned her B.A. in molecular and cell biology at the University of California at Berkely, her Ph.D. in health economics at Johns Hopkins University, and completed a postdoctoral fellow in health policy and administration at the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health. Currently she is an Associate Professor and health economist in the Department of Family Medicine in University of Washington’s School of Medicine.

Omar Galarraga, PhD

Omar GOmar is an Assistant Professor at Brown University School of Public Health, Department of Health Services, Policy and Practice, and Faculty Associate at: Center for Gerontology and Health Care Research; International Health Institute(IHI); Population Studies and Training Center (PSTC); and Lifespan/Tufts/Brown Center for AIDS Research (CFAR). During 2006-2010 he was Assistant Professor and Researcher in Health Economics at the National Institute of Public Health (INSP) in Cuernavaca, Mexico, and at the Institute of Business and Economic Research (IBER) at the University of California, Berkeley. During 1999-2001 he worked for the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Omar is the PI for NIH-financed projects on conditional economic incentives for prevention of HIV and other sexually transmitted infections in populations at high risk. Other areas of research include the evaluation of Mexico's Seguro Popular (the Social Health Insurance program) and Kenya's National Hospital Insurance Fund (NHIF). He analyzes the impact of the programs on various health outcomes using econometric methods to estimate treatment effects. Omar obtained his doctorate in Health Economics at the Johns Hopkins University (Bloomberg School of Public Health, Department of Health Policy and Management). He has been a consultant for the World Bank, UNAIDS, World Health Organization, the World Food Program, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Boston University, the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation working with large datasets on modeling, cost-effectiveness and quantitative evaluation of health interventions as well as projections of demand and future funding for global HIV prevention and treatment programs.

Tianyang Liu, MHS

LiuTianyang recently won funding for her proposal to study factors influencing the implementation of an M-Health application to enhance healthy aging among seniors and to connect community healthcare resource with general hospitals in China.  The grant is funded as part of Future Health Systems and will span from November 2014 to June 2016.  Ms. Liu earned her MHS in Health Economics from Johns Hopkins in 2013 and now is a research associate at China National Health and Development Research Center Department of Risk and Public Health.

Divya Nair, MA, MPA, PhD 

DivDivya currently lives New Delhi, India and is the Director of IDinsight, a thinktank in New Delhi devoted to evidence generation. Her primary research interest is child and adolescent health and wellbeing in developing countries. An estimated 200 million children below five years of age in developing countries do not reach their development potential. She is interested in household and societal mechanisms that create these deficits and that go on to reinforce poverty across generations. In South Asia, where girls are more disadvantaged, understanding these processes was one of the aims of Divya’s doctoral research. At Hopkins, she took courses covering developmental aspects of child health, biostatistics and economics. Her advisor was David Bishai. In 2013 her dissertation research won the prestigious Harper Award for best dissertation in the department. Divya joined the PhD program after working on issues of food security, poverty and the environment at a number of multilateral organizations including the World Bank, International Fund for Agricultural Development, United Nations Development Program and World Trade Organization. Prior to that, she did her undergraduate degree at the University of Delhi; as a British Commonwealth Scholar she received a Master’s in International Law and Politics at the University of Hull; and she has an MPA from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School. For more information see Learn More.

Eric Roberts, MA, PhD 

EricEric received his PhD in Health Economics and Policy from JHSPH in 2015.  His dissertation examined supply- and demand-side determinants of primary care use due to the Medicaid expansion authorized in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.  Eric's research interests include provider organization and behavior, including provider-insurer contracting; the relationship between housing, neighborhoods and health; and health insurance, with a focus on Medicaid.  In 2015, Dr. Roberts became a Marshall J. Seidman Fellow in Health Economics and Policy in the Department of Health Care Policy at Harvard Medical School. His current affiliation is Assistant Professor at University of Pittsburgh, Department of Health Policy and Management. More information on his research is available here.

Andres I. Vecino-Ortiz, MD, MA, PhD

VecinoAfter receiving his PhD, Andres joined the Institute of Public Health at Universidad Javeriana in Bogota as faculty and in the fall of 2018 joined the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health as an Assistant Scientist. Andres received his PhD in Health Systems from the Department of International Health. His dissertation focused on the relationship between chronic stress, social programs and preventive health behaviors among seniors in England. He is an M.D. from the School of Medicine at the Universidad Javeriana and has a M.A. in economics from the Universidad de los Andes in Colombia. Before joining Johns Hopkins, Andres carried out a postdoctoral fellow at the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington in Seattle. Andres’ main field of research is the economics of prevention activities. Such research interest has allowed him to be involved in a myriad of different topics such as road safety, fiscal policy for health, stress, noncommunicable diseases, health and workplace insurance, pharmacoeconomics, and child and maternal health. Andres has become particularly interested in the translation of research for policy-makers to enable them with tools to prioritize and take decisions in current policy issues. Andres was also elected to the Board of Directors of Health Systems Global for the period 2018-2022. For more information, visit Andres’ faculty profile or visit his profile in LinkedIn, Academia, Google Scholar or ResearchGate. Follow Andres in Twitter at @andresvecino