Stephen C Resch
Primary Faculty

Stephen C Resch

Lecturer on Health Decision Science

Health Policy and Management

Other Positions

CHDS Core Faculty

Center for Health Decision Science

Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health


Stephen Resch, MPH, PhD, is a Lecturer on Health Decision Science in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. He is a core faculty member of the Center for Health Decision Science.

Dr. Resch's research focuses on advancing the use of decision analytic approaches in health policymaking and health program management. As a generalist with a passion for practical applications of technical analysis to aid decision-making, he often works closely with global health organizations and government officials across a broad range of public health topics and settings. Internationally, his work has addressed policy issues related to resource requirements, financial sustainability, and economic efficiency of health programs to treat or prevent of HIV, TB, malaria, and hepatitis, as well as programs to improve maternal and neonatal survival in childbirth, and vaccination. Domestically, he has worked on evaluation of obesity prevention interventions, HIV testing and linkage to care for incarcerated populations, and evaluation of dental interventions to prevent tooth decay in high-risk children.

Dr. Resch's work often involves constructing decision analytic models and employing computer simulation to predict health benefits, costs and other social impacts of alternative policy options. His core motivation is to aid decision makers in identifying decision criteria consistent with their goals and providing evidence that clarifies relevant constraints, trade-offs and uncertainties. He holds and MPH from Yale University and a PhD from Harvard University. He teaches a course on economic evaluation in the decision science curriculum at the Harvard Chan School.


Helping countries understand vaccine delivery costs

June 8, 2018 – A new online catalogue that provides information on the costs of delivering immunizations in 31 countries is aimed at helping decision-makers, particularly in low- and middle-income countries, better understand the long-term costs of running…

Improving the efficiency of infant immunization services

A study analyzing the cost structure of routine immunization programs in six countries found that the most efficient programs had the lowest labor costs. The study from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, published in the journal…

Helping nations assess and manage immunization costs

July 21, 2016 -- As new vaccines are introduced—some of them quite costly—accurate information on the cost and financing of national immunization programs can be lacking. Research and a new website developed at Harvard T.H. Chan School of…