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Interdepartmental Program in Health Economics

Current Students

Carolina Cardona Cabrera, PhD candidate

CarolinaCardonaCarolina is a doctoral student in Health Economics in the Department of Population, Family and Reproductive Health.  She has a BS in Economics from Universidad Privada Boliviana and a MHS in Health Economics from Johns Hopkins University, during which she was a Fulbright scholar. She has worked as a researcher in health economics analyzing trends in life expectancy and in health spending. In Bolivia, she worked on economic evaluations to measure the implications of health interventions in infectious diseases, and for the Ministry of Planning and Development estimating mortality indicators. Carolina’s research interests are demography, maternal and child health, econometrics, and program evaluation.

Susan Christiansen, PhD candidate

SusanCSusan is a health economics student in the Department of Population, Family and Reproductive Health. She has a BA in Economics from Brigham Young University and an MA in Public Policy from Johns Hopkins University, with certificates in Health Policy and Health Disparities. Susan worked as an economic consultant for Charles River Associates for three years prior to starting graduate work. While there, she performed economic analyses for litigation and anti-trust cases primarily in the health care industry, building complex econometric models to estimate damages in pharmaceutical lawsuits or projected market share after a proposed hospital or health insurance company merger. Susan’s research interests center around the economics of reproductive health, including efficient pricing and provision of reproductive health services. Her research at Johns Hopkins has focused on the impact of pregnancy intentions on child survival and education in Bangladesh and contraceptive pricing in Texas. She is also working on a project for USAID to build models to predict the impact of interventions on chronic conditions among maternal populations. Her dissertation will calculate the price elasticity of demand for contraceptives in Texas, and use these elasticities to estimate the impact of various policies on contraceptive use, failure rates and unintended pregnancy rates.

Shawn Du, PhD candidate

Shawn DuShawn Du is a PhD candidate in Health Economics at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in the Department of Health Policy and Management. He has a B.A. in economics from Princeton University with a minor in finance. He has also previously interned at the White House Council of Economic Advisers. Shawn’s research interests include consumer decision making in health care, health insurance markets, and the effect of housing on health and healthcare spending. More information on his work and research can be found on his website here.

Sneha Lamba, PhD candidate

Sneha LambaSneha Lamba is a doctoral student specializing in Health Economics and Demography in the Department of Population, Family and Reproductive Health. Her research interests span health, sanitation and gender and involve working with econometrics, and applications of microeconomic theory to family and health. Prior to starting doctoral studies, her most recent projects were based in the Indian state of Bihar where she was involved in evaluating a health-systems strengthening program and assessing a randomized control trial to increase toilet use in rural areas. Sneha has over five years of work and research experience. She has previously worked as a consultant with the World Bank, Asian Development Bank, International Centre for Research on Women and Oxford Policy Management, in India. She is currently working on migration, mortality and health expenditure data on US Counties and States.

Mark Meiselbach, PhD candidate

MarkMark is a doctoral candidate in Health Economics in the department of Health Policy and Management. His research interests include payment reform, health behaviors, and physician behaviors. He is particularly interested in the applications of behavioral economics in influencing patient and physician behaviors. Prior to Hopkins, Mark worked at the Analysis Group, an economic consulting firm in Boston, in their Health Economics & Outcomes Research practice. While at the Analysis Group, Mark was an internal expert in research projects using claims and EMR data. Through his casework and pro bono work, his research has covered a number of different topics, including cost-effectiveness analyses, time-to-event analyses, predictors of follow-up cognitive care, early detection of cognitive decline, individualized medicine, and applications of behavioral economics in improving outcomes for patients with HIV. Mark received his B.S. from Tufts University, where he double-majored in Quantitative Economics and Biology. For his senior honors thesis at Tufts, he studied the impacts of Massachusetts health reform on low-income individuals’ health behaviors.