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The use of applied mathematics and statistics in global public health


Friday, September 18, 2015 - 11:15am


Jeremy Lauer, World Health Organization


Commonwealth Honors College Events Hall


Dr Jeremy Lauer is an Economist in the Department of Health Systems Governance and Financing at the World Health Organization headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. Jeremy has an bachelor’s degree (AB) in Mathematics and Philosophy from St John’s College in Annapolis, Maryland, master’s degrees (MSc, MA) in Economics and in Agricultural and Applied Economics from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and a doctorate (PhD) in Public Health from Erasmus University Rotterdam. Since 2000 Jeremy has worked on the use and interpretation of mathematical models in economic evaluation and related fields and has contributed to a body of work on the cost-effectiveness of interventions for cardiovascular risk factors and disease, respiratory conditions, cancers, maternal and child health, HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and chronic disease prevention, as well as on health systems research and diverse topics in epidemiology and statistics. Jeremy has led inter-disciplinary teams in a range of countries in Latin America and Africa on adapting the results of economic evaluation to national settings. With colleagues, he is currently focusing on updating the WHO-CHOICE knowledge base on the cost-effectiveness of more than 500 interventions covering 22 distinct areas of diseases, injuries and risk factors. Jeremy is also working on how to make technical assistance on economic evaluation, priority setting and strategic planning more effective for countries, in line with the recent resolutions of the World Health Assembly on Health Technology Assessment and Universal Health Coverage. Jeremy has ~50 scientific publications that have attracted more than 4,300 citations; his h-index is 27 and his Erdös number is 4.