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Bryan N. Patenaude, ScD

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ScD, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, 2017
MA, Boston University, 2014
BA, Boston College, 2012


I am a health economist with research interests in understanding health system financial sustainability, equity, and efficiency in low and lower-middle income countries, applying behavioral economics to the economic evaluation of public health policy, incentive design for the health workforce, and understanding the medium and long-term causal impact of health investments on non-health sectors. I am also interested in the applied topics of innovative health financing and the integration of donor-funded health investments into domestic health systems, particularly with respect to HIV/AIDS, TB, Malaria, and Vaccines.

I have particular policy and research experience in several countries including: Angola, Bangladesh, Botswana, Bhutan, Ethiopia, Guyana, India, Kenya, Namibia, Romania, Rwanda, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, and Vietnam.

I hold a doctoral degree in Global Health Economics from Harvard University, a M.A. in Global Development Economics from Boston University, and a B.A in International Economics from Boston College. Prior to my appointment at Johns Hopkins, I served as the Senior Economist in the Office of HIV/AIDS at USAID.

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Forbes 30 Under 30 - Healthcare

  • Behavioral Economics
  • Health Systems Strengthening
  • Economic Evaluation
  • Sustainable Health Financing
  • Public Health Externalities
  • Causal Inference
  • Health Workforce Incentive Design
  • Econometric Evaluation

Most Recent Publications:

  • "The Value of a Statistical Life-Year in Sub-Saharan Africa: Evidence From a Large Population-Based Survey in Tanzania". Patenaude BN, Semali I, Killewo J, Bärnighausen T. Value in Health Regional Issues. 2019;19:151–6.
  • "Quality-adjusted life year weights and treatment bias: Theory and evidence from cognitive interviews". Patenaude, B. & Bärnighausen,T. Sage Open Medicine. 12 June 2019.
  • "Benefit incidence analysis in public health facilities in India: utilization and benefits at the national and state levels". Bowser, D., Patenaude, B., Bhawalkar, M., Duran, D., & Berman, P. (2019). International Journal for Equity in Health, 18(1).
  • “The Professional Politics of the Austerity Debate: A Comparative Field Analysis of the European Central Bank and the International Monetary Fund.” Ban, Cornel, and Bryan Patenaude. Public Administration 0, no. ja (October 12, 2018).
  • “Intra-Household Nutrient Inequity in Rural Ethiopia.” Coates, Jennifer, Bryan N. Patenaude, Beatrice Lorge Rogers, Alemzewed Challa Roba, Yitbarek Kidane Woldetensay, Addisalem Fikre Tilahun, and Kathryn L. Spielman. Food Policy. October 19, 2018.