Tobenna graduated from the GHP Doctor of Science program (Health Economics track) in 2012, and since 2011 has been working full-time as a health economist at the US Department of Agriculture’s Economic Research Service (ERS) in Washington, DC. His research focuses on several areas of food economics, including: 1) estimating the economic costs of foodborne illness in the United States, which is an area of research that ERS has been a leader in for decades; 2) examining which consumers use nutrition information when eating out and whether this increases or decreases nutrition-related health disparities (this is of particular interest now, given that the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is requiring many restaurant chains to post nutrition information on their menus); and 3) using time-use data to examine the relationship between quantity of leisure time and health-related outcomes such as time spent preparing meals at home, time spent exercising, and body weight.
Dr Victoria Fan is a research fellow and health economist at the Center for Global Development (CGD), an independent think tank in Washington, DC. She graduated from HSPH in the Department of Global Health & Population in 2011 with a Doctor of Science degree. Her dissertation was mainly on health insurance and conditional cash transfers in India. At CGD, Dr Fan has worked on improving value for money of global health funding agencies such as the Global Fund. Her primary research area is health systems and health economics, particularly India and China. She also contributes to CGD’s Global Health Policy blog. Prior to joining CGD, she consulted for various organizations including SEWA, BRAC, WHO and the World Bank. She holds an SB in mechanical engineering from MIT and an SM from HSPH. She was born and raised in Hawaii. You can follow her on twitter at @fanvictoria.
Farshad Farzadfar, SD, 2011
Current Position: Assistant Professor of Global Health and Population and Chair of the Non-Communicable Diseases Research Center (NCDRC); Tehrān University of Medical Sciences, Tehrān, Iran
Farshad Farzadfar is MD, MPH from Tehran University of Medical Sciences and MHS and DSc from Harvard School of Public Health (2011). He is currently assistant professor of Global Health and Population in Tehran University of Medical Sciences and chair of the Non-Communicable Diseases Research Center (NCDRC). The NCDRC focuses on population level studies and Farshad is PI of three national projects in NCDRC includes National and Sub-national Burden of Diseases in Iran from 1990 to 2012 (NASBOD study), Behvarz Health Study (BHS) which is the first health professional cohort study in Iran, and a health system performance assessment on family physician program.
Tim serves as the Senior Advisor for HIV Prevention in the Division of Technical Leadership and Research in the Office of HIV/AIDS, USAID. In this position, Tim provides strategic leadership, technical expertise, and management in HIV/AIDS and related issues to USAID field missions and PEPFAR country programs. Tim is responsible for analyzing and synthesizing cutting edge methodologies and best practices regarding HIV prevention and their application to USAID and partner programs. He has assisted with the conceptualization, development, and evaluation of numerous large-scale HIV prevention programs across Africa. Tim was previously a Research Fellow at the Harvard AIDS Prevention Research Project and a Visiting Scholar at the University of Cape Town’s Centre for Social Science Research. He received his Master of Science and Doctor of Science degrees from the Harvard School of Public Health and his Bachelor of Arts in Biology from the University of Pennsylvania.
Dr. Ratcliffe has dedicated her career to improving health programs by designing and applying measurement to help managers make better decisions. She is trained as a demographer and epidemiologist and has previously conducted observational as well as intervention trials. Early on in her career, she was dissatisfied with evaluations that provided answers only after a program was completed. She believes that measurement should be designed to guide strategic planning and execution. She appreciates managers who are willing to learn and adjust their work to achieve the greatest effect. At PSI, she has found a very receptive set of social marketing implementers who incorporate meaningful metrics and analysis into their daily work.
Shufang serves as Technical Adviser for the China Medical Board’s health policy and systems sciences (HPSS) programmes and worked at the World Bank on poverty reduction and sustainable development. Shufang obtained her Master’s degree in Environmental Economics and Policy from Duke University and is a Leadership for Environment and Development (LEAD) Fellow. She is a founding member of the Chinese Health Policy and Management Society (CHPAMS) and served on the Board of Directors of the Chinese Economists Society and the Corporate Environmental Advisory Council of Dow Chemical Company. Shufang’s research interests include health care financing, health resource allocation, and monitoring and evaluation of health interventions. She recently co-edited the book Investing in Human Capital for Economic Development in China and wrote on health in all polices (HiAP) for low income countries.