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. Dr. Suharlim serves as the Director of Public Affairs for the global collaborative and resource. His research focuses on the economic analysis of public health interventions in low-and-middle income countries.

The Immunization Economics community of practice and resource, created and implemented by Dr. Christian Suharlim, connects more than 500 experts, policymakers, and practitioners from over 140 organizations – with shared interest in improving resource allocation of immunization programs. The impactful platform was used by World Health Organization, Gavi the Vaccine Alliance, and John Snow Inc to reach their target populations in academic institutions and governments. The datasets, downloaded close to 300 times, makes direct impact to research and policies. This novel platform is the first of its kind and a major undertaking in connecting globally scattered competencies to foster collaboration, inform policies, and inspire new research.

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 Peer-Reviewed Publications

Selected Whitepaper and Media Publications