David Bath

BA(Hons) MAppFin MSc

Research Fellow
in Health Economics

15-17 Tavistock Place
United Kingdom

I joined the Department of Global Health and Development as a Research Fellow in Health Economics in January 2015, after completing an MSc in Public Health at LSHTM. I also have a Masters in Applied Finance from Macquarie University and a BA in Political Science from The University of Western Australia.

Prior to LSHTM, I worked for 13 years in corporate advisory and health finance in Australia, including as financial advisor to some of Australia's largest health and hospital infrastructure projects.


Department of Global Health and Development
Faculty of Public Health and Policy


Malaria Centre
Antimicrobial Resistance Centre (AMR)


I teach on the School's Economic Evaluation distance learning course. I have been a seminar leader on the Economic Evaluation and Introduction to Health Economics face-to-face modules, and lectured on the Epidemiology and Control of Malaria module.


I am currently working on the PERFORM study (, a large EU Horizon 2020 project across 12 sites in 8 countries, which aims to improve the management of febrile illness in children through the development of new diagnostic technologies for differentiating between bacterial and viral infections. My work is assessing the potential cost-effectiveness of such technologies across different countries and clinical settings.

Other recent projects include cost-effectiveness modelling of the introduction of malaria rapid diagnostic tests in the private retail sector in sub-Saharan Africa, and economic evaluations alongside: a cluster-randomised trial of reactive malaria case detection in Cambodia, a cluster-randomised trial of a novel long-lasting insecticidal net against malaria in Tanzania, and a cluster-randomised non-inferiority trial of targeted malaria vector control in South Africa.

Other research interests include mechanisms for funding and financing of health systems and health infrastructure.

Research Area
Child health
Decision analysis
Drug resistance
Economic evaluation
Health care financing
Maternal health
Vector control
Health economics
Disease and Health Conditions
Infectious disease
United Kingdom
South Africa
East Asia & Pacific (all income levels)
European Union
Sub-Saharan Africa (all income levels)

Selected Publications

Impact of a clinical decision rule on antibiotic prescription for children with suspected lower respiratory tract infections presenting to European emergency departments: a simulation study based on routine data.
Hagedoorn NN; Wagenaar JHL; Nieboer D; Bath D; Von Both U; Carrol ED; Eleftheriou I; Emonts M; Van Der Flier M; De Groot R
The Journal of antimicrobial chemotherapy
Falling aid for reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health in the lead-up to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Pitt C; Bath D; Binyaruka P; Borghi J; Martinez-Alvarez M
BMJ global health
Economic evaluation of targeted indoor residual spraying (IRS) vs. generalised IRS in South Africa
Bath D; Pitt C
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