Christian Suharlim

Research Associate

Center for Health Decision Science

718 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02215


M.P.H., 2014, Harvard School of Public Health
M.D., 2011, Universitas Indonesia
B.Med.Sc., 2010, Universitas Indonesia


RDS 280, Decision Analysis for Health and Medical Practices
RDS 286, Decision Analysis in Clinical Research
CB 399, Public Health 101: Health Policy and Management
CB 399, Introduction to Health Decision Analysis


Christian Suharlim, MD, MPH is a post-doctoral research associate at the Center for Health Decision Science. His research at the center include investigating cost-effectiveness of DOT-HAART for HIV patients in Lima, Peru; evaluating the cost of immunization programs, and developing a global landscape on the use of CER in developing countries. Additionally, since 2013 he has been working in collaboration with Universitas Andalas to implement MDR-TB diagnosis improvement in West Sumatera, Indonesia.

Dr. Suharlim is also leading a non-profit initiative to conduct research and implement improvements in various aspects of Indonesian healthcare system. His current interests include improving public policy through the use of cost-effectiveness analysis and promoting information dissemination through the media; strengthening public health programs particularly in the areas of infectious disease and access to water and sanitation; and improving access to good quality primary care for the socio-economically disadvantaged.

Prior to HSPH, Dr. Suharlim practiced medicine at a community health center in the rural area of Panguragan, Indonesia. He gained a deeper understanding of Indonesia’s healthcare system during his work as an officer in the Ministry of Health in 2012, where he co-authored eight national guidelines, and was a member of POKJA BPJS, the ministerial task force in charge of designing referral system for SJSN, Indonesia’s single payer system launched in 2014. Dr. Suharlim also served as a research manager at Reiki & Ling-Chi Foundation, Indonesia; evaluating the effectiveness of the Reiki method of alternative healing.

Selected Publications

Cheung H, Suharlim C, et al. Earlier anal sexarche and co-occurring sexual risk are associated with current HIV- related risk behaviors among an online sample of MSM in Asia. Journal of AIDS and Behavior.

Suharlim C, Murray M, et al. National Tuberculosis Guidelines Implementation in Indonesia: Challenges, Deviations, and Remediation Strategies. Harvard ASH Center.
Suharlim C. A Cure for Physician Shortage: Lessons from Indonesia. Health Affairs
Suharlim C. Polishing the JKN pearl: It’s all about money. The Jakarta Post
Suharlim C. Coordinating benefits with private insurance will kill JKN. The Jakarta Post