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Hugh Waters, PhD

  • Associate Professor - Adjunct

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PhD, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, 1998
MS, Georgetown University, 1987

Overview

Hugh Waters is a health economist and specialist in health financing and economic evaluation. He has more than 20 years of experience working with public health programs, both nationally and internationally. His areas of expertise are (1) health insurance and health financing reforms; (2) economic evaluation of public health initiatives, including tobacco control policies and programs. He speaks French and Spanish fluently and has worked in more than 30 countries.

Dr. Waters has strong skills in the economic evaluation of health care interventions; and modeling health care utilization, access, and efficiency and quality improvements. He has successfully applied Activity-Based Costing (ABC) to a variety of health care settings. He has published more than 40 articles in peer-reviewed journals, including international comparisons of quality-based health care purchasing arrangements.

He was the lead investigator of an economic analysis of the Keystone Quality Improvement program in Michigan, focusing on the economic implications of a patient safety program to reduce nosocomial infections in intensive care settings. He has also worked closely with the Maryland State Medicaid Program to develop simulation models to calculate the cost, coverage, and health service utilization options for expanding health insurance coverage through Medicaid and private insurance. The findings of his study have been used to shape health insurance expansion policies for the state.

Honors and Awards

Class "Comparative Health Insurance" chosen as an excellent class by students, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, 2010.

Master of Public Health Faculty Award for Excellence in Advising, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, 2010.

Advising, Mentoring and Teaching Recognition Award (AMTRA), Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, 2006.

Delta Omega Honor Society, Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health, 1999.

Dissertation grant received from the Agency for Health Care Policy and Research, 1997–98.

Graduated with distinction, Georgetown University, 1987.

Nabisco Brands scholarship for interest and promise in the field of international public affairs, Georgetown University, 1986.

Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society, College of William and Mary, 1985.

Koenig-Nimmo Foreign Service Scholarship, College of William and Mary, 1985.

  • Program evaluation
  • health financing
  • outcomes
  • quality of care
  • international comparisons in health policy
  • health economics
  • access
  • equity
  • costing
  • health insurance.

The published articles listed below are from a list of 45 peer-reviewed journal articles.

  • Waters, H., and A. Adewole (2018). The Health and Economic Implications of the Use of Tanning Devices. Journal of Cancer Policy, Vol. 17, pp. 45-50. Available here.
  • Morgan, R., Ensor, T., and H. Waters (2016). Performance of Private Sector Health Care: Implications for Universal Health Coverage. The Lancet, Vol. 388, No. 10044, pp. 606-612. Available here.
  • Jha, A.K., Larizgoitia, I., Audera-Lopez, C., Waters, H., Bates, D.W. (2013). The Global Burden of Unsafe Medical Care: Analytic Modeling of Observational Studies. British Medical Journal (BMJ), Vol. 22, No. 10, pp. 809-15
  • Waters, Hugh, Roy Korn, Elizabeth Colantuoni, Sean Berenholtz, Christine Goeschel, Dale Needham, Julius Pham, Allison Lipitz, Sam Watson, Patricia Posa, and Peter Pronovost (2011). The Business Case for Quality: Economic Analysis of the Michigan Keystone Patient Safety Program in ICUs.  American Journal of Medical Quality, September-October 2011, Vol. 26, No. 5, pp. 333-339.
  • Waters, Hugh, Roy Korn, Elizabeth Colantuoni, Sean Berenholtz, Christine Goeschel, Dale Needham, Julius Pham, Allison Lipitz, Sam Watson, Patricia Posa, and Peter Pronovost (2011). The Business Case for Quality: Economic Analysis of the Michigan Keystone Patient Safety Program in ICUs.  American Journal of Medical Quality, September-October 2011, Vol. 26, No. 5, pp. 333-339.
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