Catherine Pitt BA MSc

Assistant Professor of Health Economics


After completing my BA at Yale in history and international studies, I worked with health-focused development and humanitarian NGOs in Rwanda, eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, Pakistani-Administered Kashmir, and the Central African Republic. I obtained my MSc in Public Health in Developing Countries at LSHTM and have worked at the School since 2008.




I have been a personal tutor and summer project supervisor for students on the MSc Public Health in Developing Countries. I have also led seminars on the Term 1 module Introduction to Health Economics, the Term 2 modules Primary Health Care and Economic Evaluation, and the Term 3 module Applying Public Health Principles in Developing Countries. 


I coordinate the Economic Evaluation group within the Department of Global Health & Development, and led a supplement in Health Economics called Economic evaluations in low- and middle-income countries: Methodological issues and challenges for priority setting.

Currently, I lead the economic evaluation of spatially targeted malaria control to virtually eliminate malaria in areas of low and patchy transmission in Senegal. Funded by the Joint Global Health Trials initiative (a collaboration between the Medical Research Council, the UK Department for International Development, and the Wellcome Trust), the project is a 3-arm cluster-randomised controlled trial in central Senegal.

My PhD addresses methodological issues arising in economic evaluations of public health interventions in low-income countries and is funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). 

I have worked on a number of research projects related to maternal, neonatal, and child health in developing countries:

·         Two studies of Seasonal Malaria Chemoprevention (SMC) (which was previously know as intermittent preventive treatment of malaria in children, IPTc)  funded by the Gates Foundation:

o    Economic evaluation of large-scale delivery of SMC to children under 10  through community health workers (CHWs). The Ministry of Health is implementing SMC in 4 districts of Senegal using a step-wedge design. (Senegal)

o    Qualitative research in the context of a placebo-controlled randomized trial of the efficacy of SMC in children under 5 who sleep under an insecticide-treated bed net. (Mali, Burkina Faso)

·        Newhints - Economic evaluation alongside a cluster-randomized effectiveness trial to examine whether routine home visits by community health workers to provide a package of essential newborn care interventions in the third trimester of pregnancy and first week of life reduces neonatal mortality. This study is funded through Saving Newborn Lives. (Ghana)

·         AudObEm - Economic evaluation alongside an EU-funded hospital-randomized trial of the effectiveness of facility-based audits to improve the responsiveness of West African district hospitals to obstetric emergencies. (Benin, Burkina Faso)

·         Tracking donor financing:

o    Methodological work around tracking aid to a specific health area, using a case study of newborn health, with funding from Saving Newborn Lives.

o    Analysis of donor financing to maternal, neonatal and child health as part of the Countdown to 2015 initiative.



Research areas

  • Complex interventions
  • Economic evaluation
  • Global Health
  • Health care financing
  • Health workers
  • Maternal health
  • Methodology
  • Mixed methods
  • Neonatal health
  • Perinatal health
  • Public health


  • Economics
  • Social Sciences

Disease and Health Conditions

  • Malaria


  • Least developed countries: UN classification
  • Sub-Saharan Africa (developing only)


  • Benin
  • Burkina Faso
  • Ghana
  • Mali
  • Senegal

Other interests

  • Community Health Volunteers
  • Community Health Workers
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