Imperial College London

Emeritus ProfessorPeterSmith

Business School

Emeritus Professor of Health Policy



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Peter C. Smith is Emeritus Professor of Health Policy at the Imperial College Business School. He is a mathematics graduate from the University of Oxford, and started his academic career in the public health department at the University of Cambridge. His main work has been in the economics of health and the broader public services, and he was a previous Director of the Centre for Health Economics at the University of York. At Imperial he launched and co-directed the Centre for Health Policy.

Peter's most recent research has focused on economic aspects of global health, including: measuring and improving health system performance; universal health coverage; and the links between the health system and the broader economy. With colleagues, he has published widely on these and related topics, including 14 books and over 170 peer-reviewed journal papers.

Peter is especially interested in the links between research and policy, and has acted in numerous UK governmental advisory capacities, including:

  • Member, HM Treasury Performance Information Panel (2001-05)
  • Commissioner, Audit Commission (2003-09) (member of Audit Committee 2004-07)
  • Chair, Advisory Board, UK Centre for the Measurement of Government Activity, Office for National Statistics (2005-08)
  • Chair, NHS Financial Management Advisory Group (2005-09)
  • Member, ‘Health England’, Advisory Group to Minister for Public Health (2007-10)
  • Member, NHS Co-operation and Competition Panel (2009-14)
  • Member, NHS Procurement and Efficiency Board (2014-16).
  • Chair, NHS Advisory Committee on Resource Allocation (2015-22).

He has also acted as advisor to many universities, non-governmental organisations, overseas governments and international agencies, including the World Health Organization, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank, the European Commission, the Global Fund, and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.


Selected Publications

Journal Articles

Ochalek J, Manthalu G, Smith PC, 2020, Squaring the cube: Towards an operational model of optimal universal health coverage, Journal of Health Economics, Vol:70, ISSN:0167-6296

Laudicella M, Martin S, Donni PL, et al., 2018, Do Reduced Hospital Mortality Rates Lead to Increased Utilization of Inpatient Emergency Care? A Population-Based Cohort Study, Health Services Research, Vol:53, ISSN:0017-9124, Pages:2324-2345

Hauck K, 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:0277-9536, Pages:88-98

Smith PC, Yip W, 2016, The design and financing of health systems: an economic perspective, Oxford Review of Economic Policy, Vol:32, ISSN:1460-2121, Pages:21-40


Glassman A, Giedion U, Smith PC, 2017, What's In, What's Out: Designing Benefits for Universal Health Coverage, ISBN:9781933286891

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