Institute for Global Health


HEDS MSc teaching staff

Staff teaching on the MSc Health Economics and Decision Science course:

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Dr Neha Batura (Course Director)

Neha is a Lecturer in Health Economics at the Institute of Global Health at University College London, interested in applied micro-econometrics; poverty and inequality; human capital - health, nutrition, and education and non-cognitive skills; human resources for health; and economic evaluation. She works within the framework of large cluster randomised public health trials that aim to improve maternal health, and child health and development in a range of settings that include India, Pakistan, Mozambique and Papua New Guinea.

 In addition to her research activities, Neha actively contributes to the design and delivery of lectures for the MSc in Health Economics and Decision Science. Additionally, Neha contributes to teaching activities on the MSc in Global Health and Development. She has also worked closely with colleagues at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine as a tutor on a blended learning course on Health Economics and Health Financing offered to UNICEF staff.

Dr Marcos Vera-Hernandez (Course Co-Director)

In his research, Marcos uses data from both developed and developing countries to understand issues related to the production of health, access to health care services, and health insurance. He also works in the evaluation of several social programs implemented by the Colombian government: Familias en AcciónEmpleo en Acción, and Hogares Comunitarios. Reader (Associate Professor): Economics Department. University College London Research Fellow: The Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) Research Affiliate: Rural Education Action Program (Stanford University) Collaboration for Health System Improvement and Impact Evaluation in India (COHESIVE-India) Committee on the Situation of Women in Economics (Spanish Economics Association) Associate Editor: European Economic Review, SERIEs (journal of the Spanish Economics Association) Collaborator: Nada es Gratis.

Prof Gianluca Baio (Course Co-Drector)

Gianluca Baio graduated in Statistics and Economics from the University of Florence (Italy). He then completed a PhD programme in Applied Statistics again at the University of Florence, after a period at the Program on the Pharmaceutical Industry at the MIT Sloan School of Management, Cambridge (USA); he then worked as a Research Fellow and then Temporary Lecturer in the Department of Statistical Sciences at University College London (UK).

Gianluca Baio is currently a lecturer in Medical Statistics in the Department of Statistical Science at UCL.

Dr Jolene Skordis (Former Course Director)

 Dr Jolene Skordis is an economist specialising in Applied Health and Development Economics, and is the current Director of the Centre for Global Health Economics.  With strong networks in low and middle income countries, in sub-Sharan Africa and South East Asia, she has experience of working with a wide range of international organisations.  For over 10 years, Dr Skordis has primarily worked within randomised trials of complex public health interventions, establishing research programmes that span gender empowerment and capability, multidimensional poverty and antipoverty transfer programmes, social networks, health equity and understanding fiscal space for sustainable and scalable programme delivery. Dr Skordis has published widely in high impact journals and has a strong international reputation. Her work has directly influenced government policy.

Dr Francesco Salustri (Deputy Course Director) 

 Dr Stavros Poupakis (Deputy Course Director)

Dr Hassan Haghparast-Bidgoli

Dr Haghparast-Bidgoli is a health economist, joining UCL Institute for Global Health, Economics of Global Health and Development group in 2012. His primary area of work is in analysis of inequalities in health and (access and utilisation of) health care, economic evaluation of health care interventions. He has interests in injury prevention and trauma care. He is currently involved in economic analysis of trials and  health policy projects in South-East Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa, Middle East, South America, Central Asia and Eastern Europe, focusing on maternal and child health, child malnutrition, diabetes, TB, HIV and sexual reproductive health.

Dr Manuel Gomes

Manuel's main research interests are in the development, assessment and translation of statistical methodology in health economics. He has recently completed a MRC Early Career Fellowship on developing appropriate methods for addressing missing data in health economic evaluation, particularly, when data are hierarchical, non-randomised and missing not at random. His current interests includes statistical approaches for handling time-varying confounding for estimating treatment effects in health economic studies that use observational data, in particular, routinely collected data. Other interests include economic evaluations alongside clinical trials and large observational studies, with particular emphasis in cardiovascular diseases, cancer and mental health.

Dr Jasmina Panovska-Griffiths

Jasmina's research has been driven by her enthusiasm for mathematics and science and the need to answer important public health questions by using appropriate mathematical models and scientific methods. She has completed a broad range of research in epidemiological analysis and modelling of infectious and communicable diseases with policy implications. Her current work focuses on applying statistical modelling to a number of different projects at any one time and is very fast paced. She uses statistics to evaluate two separate post-trial interventions within the UK health system, and she uses multi-state models to assess whether repeated screening is the most effective treatment against prostate cancer.