Institute for Global Health

Prof Jolene Skordis-Worrall

Prof Jolene Skordis-Worrall

Professor of Health and Development Economics

Institute for Global Health

Faculty of Pop Health Sciences

Joined UCL
16th Jun 2003

Research summary

I am an Economist with over 10 years experience studying patient behaviour, health systems financing and medical poverty. I trained in Economics and Demography at the University of Cape Town and carried out my PhD at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine on “Understanding the demand for health services in Cape Town: Implications for health equity and effective TB care delivery”.  My applied research has focused primarily on the Economics of HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and maternal care, including treatment seeking behaviour, the financial burden of service use and the economic evaluation of interventions to improve outcomes.  I worked with the ICRC in post-conflict Serbia for a number of years, advising on health-financing mechanisms, survey methodology and data- analysis.  More recently I have advised Save the Children, Bayer Pharmaceuticals and the Government of Barbados among others.  My current work is primarily focussed on i) links between treatment seeking behaviour and poverty, ii) the impact of community participatory interventions on maternal capability,  and iii) the economic evaluation of a number of large scale interventions to reduce neonatal mortality and improve child development.  I am actively involved in the development of a number of new research initiatives.

Teaching summary

I am the Course Director of UCL's Masters in Global Health and Development.  I teach three modules on that masters degree; Key Principles of Health Economics, Economic Evaluation and Health Systems.  I also teach Global Health Policy at the undergraduate level and supervise 4 PhD students.  

My contribution to teaching and learning at UCL is characterized by a strong desire to engage non-economists with the discipline, as it is applied to health and development. I have developed teaching methods that enable students with no background in the discipline, to quickly absorb key theoretical concepts and to scaffold empirical applications onto those foundations.  Positive student feedback, high levels of student achievement and consistently growing numbers on my modules, all attest to student enjoyment of this approach.

To enable an even broader range of students to participate on my modules, I engage actively with a UCL-wide e-learning interest group. I have begun developing my Economic Evaluation module as an e-learning platform and was recently awarded UCL funding to assist with this work. 


University College London
PGCLTHE, Learning and Teaching | 2009
London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
PhD, Economics | 2006
University of Cape Town
M.Com, Economics and Demography | 2002
University of Cape Town
B.Com, Economics | 2000
University of South Africa, Pretoria
B.Com, Economics and Industrial Psychology | 1999
Institute of Marketing Management
GCERT, Business Management | 1996