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Katharina Hauck is a Reader in Health Economics and Deputy Director of the Abdul Latif Jameel Institute for Disease and Emergency Analytics (J-IDEA), School of Public Health, Imperial College London. She is specialized in the economics of infectious diseases and the economic evaluation of complex public health interventions. Her research comprises of the core health economics fields of cost-effectiveness analysis, universal health coverage and priority setting. Katharina's broader research interests include the micro- and macro-economic impacts of endemic infectious disease and epidemics, the economics of malaria elimination, health system strengthening, and the role of individual behavior in infectious disease transmission. Her research interests are generally disease cross-cutting, but have mainly focused on the COVID-19 pandemic since February 2020.

Katharina holds a PhD in Economics from the University of York (2005). Her previous appointments were at the Business School of Imperial College London (2010-2015), the Department of Econometrics and Business Statistics, Monash University (Australia, 2005-2010), the Centre for Health Economics, University of York (UK, 1999-2005), and the World Health Organization in Geneva (Switzerland, 1998-1999). 

Katharina leads several collaborative studies in low-and middle-income countries, including the economic evaluation of HPTN071/PopART, a landmark study on the impact of a combination prevention package on population-level HIV incidence in Zambia and South Africa, and a study on falsified and substandard medicines in Indonesia. She is a co-convener of the economic analysis of the Infected Blood Inquiry in the United Kingdom.

Katharina is a member of several senior expert advisory groups, including of the ‘International Joint Comparators Unit’ advising the UK cabinet office on international evidence in the fight against COVID-19, of the Expert Networks 'Global Health' and 'Healthcare Delivery Systems' of the World Economic Forum, and of the International Decision Support Initiative (iDSI). She was co-chair for Economics of The Global Fund's Modelling Secretariat for the investment case of the 6th replenishment, and a Postdoctoral Fellow of the Australian Research Council.

Selected Publications

Journal Articles

Thomas R, Friebel R, Barker K, et al., 2019, Work and home productivity of people living with HIV in Zambia and South Africa, AIDS, Vol:33, ISSN:0269-9370, Pages:1063-1071

Miraldo M, Lau K, Hauck K, 2019, Excess influenza hospital admissions and costs due to the 2009 H1N1 pandemic in England, Health Economics, Vol:28, ISSN:1057-9230, Pages:175-188

Hauck K, Morton A, Chalkidou K, et al., 2019, How can we evaluate the cost-effectiveness of health system strengthening? A typology and illustrations, Social Science & Medicine, Vol:220, ISSN:0277-9536, Pages:141-149

Thomas R, Burger R, Hauck K, 2018, Richer, wiser and in better health? The socioeconomic gradient inhypertension prevalence, unawareness and control in South Africa, Social Science & Medicine, Vol:217, ISSN:0277-9536, Pages:18-30

Thomas RA, Burger R, Harper A, et al., 2017, Differences in health-related quality of life between HIV-positive and HIV-negative people in Zambia and South Africa: a cross-sectional baseline survey of the HPTN 071 (PopART) trial, The Lancet Global Health, Vol:5, ISSN:2214-109X, Pages:e1133-e1141

Hauck KD, Martin S, Smith PC, 2016, Priorities for action on the social determinants of health: Empirical evidence on the strongest associations with life expectancy in 54 low-income countries, 1990-2012, Social Science & Medicine, Vol:167, ISSN:1873-5347, Pages:88-98


Hauck KD, 2018, The economics of infectious diseases, Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Economics and Finance, Editor(s): Jones, Oxford University Press

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