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Elizabeth Watts, MHS

  • Research Associate

Departmental Affiliations

Contact Information

415 N. Washington Street
5th Floor
Baltimore, Maryland 21231



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MHS, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, 2017
BA, Kenyon College, 2012


My research provides economic rationale for introducing and sustaining financing for health interventions in resource-limited countries. My current projects focus on collecting primary cost data, modeling averted cost of illness and estimating the broader economic impact of vaccines using value-of-statistical-life methods.

Honors and Awards

Phi Beta Kappa, Kenyon College, 2012

Magna cum Laude, Kenyon College, 2012

Thomas Au ’69 and Jack Au ’73 Chinese Prize, Kenyon College, 2012

  • health economics
  • vaccines
  • international health
  • health systems
  • economic evaluation
  • health financing
  • cost-effectiveness
  • cost of illness
  • return-on-investment
  • vaccine investment case
  • catastrophic health expenditures
  • aging populations
  • elder care

Most recent publications

  • So Yoon Sim*, Elizabeth Watts*, Dagna Constenla, Logan Brenzel, Bryan Patenaude (2020). Return on Investment from Immunization Programs Against 10 Pathogens in 94 Low- and Middle-Income Countries from 2011-2030 [Accepted for publication]. (*joint first author)
  • Karuna Luthra, Elizabeth Watts, Frederic Debellut, Clint Pecenka, Naor Bar-Zeev, Dagna Constenla (2019). A review of the economic evidence of typhoid fever and typhoid vaccines. Clinical Infectious Diseases, 68(Suppl. 2), S83–S95. doi:
  • Decade of Vaccine Economics