Dr. Winnie Yip is Professor of the Practice of Global Health Policy and Economics in the Department of Global Health and Population at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, serves as the Faculty Director of the school wide China Health Partnership, and recently completed her appointment as Acting Director of the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies at Harvard University. Dr. Yip was previously a Professor of Health Policy and Economics at the Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford, and a Senior Research Fellow at Green Templeton College, Oxford, where she was director of the Global Health Policy Program.

In addition to her academic appointments, Dr. Yip is a member of the National Committee on US China Relations (NCUSCR) Track II Health Dialogues and is immediate past President of the International Health Economics Association (iHEA). She has served as an advisor to numerous international agencies including the World Bank and the World Health Organization.

Dr. Yip holds a PhD in Economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Her research focuses on rigorous and policy-relevant health system evaluations and the design and testing of innovative health system interventions to improve equitable access to efficient and good quality health care. In particular, she integrates economics, organization theory, management, and political economy to examine the use of national and state-level policy levers—including financing, provider payment, strategic purchasing, governance, and regulation—to leverage delivery system change. She currently applies this approach to developing viable and effective models of population health based integrated delivery systems in China and India. She is also interested in the implications of China’s ageing population for the country’s health system and in designing and piloting innovative eldercare systems to support older adults in living meaningful lives.

In addition to mainland China and India, Dr. Yip has studied and advised health care reforms in the wider Asia region, including Hong Kong, Taiwan, Thailand, Malaysia and Vietnam. She has extensive experience in directing and teaching executive training courses on “Sustainable Healthcare Financing and Delivery for Universal Health Coverage” for senior health policymakers. Dr. Yip has published extensively in leading international journals such as The Lancet, Health Economics, Journal of Health Economics and Social Science and Medicine. She is senior editor for Health Policy of Social Science and Medicine and was Associate Editor for Health Economics.


Ph.D., Economics, 1994, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
BA, Economics, 1988, University of California, Berkeley