Catherine Goodman


in Health Economics and Policy

Room 323

15-17 Tavistock Place
United Kingdom


I've been working in the field of health economics and health systems analysis at LSHTM since 1997. After a first degree in economics at Cambridge, and a Masters in development economics at SOAS, I spent two years working as an economic planner in the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare in Lesotho. After joining LSHTM my work mainly focused on the economics of malaria control, and I completed a PhD on the retail sector and malaria control in Tanzania. Between 2006 and 2011 I was based with the Kenyan Medical Research Institute (KEMRI) / Wellcome Trust Research Programme in Nairobi. I am now working in London again, where my work focuses on understanding the private health care sector, access to malaria treatment and improving peripheral public health facility financial and management systems.


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


Centre for Evaluation
Malaria Centre
Maternal, Adolescent, Reproductive & Child Health (MARCH)
Antimicrobial Resistance Centre


I am the module organiser for the distance learning course Economic Analysis for Health Policy, and also teach on the sister face-to-face module of the same name. I currently supervise four research degree students.


A key focus of my research is on understanding and improving private sector healthcare provision in low and middle income countries. I'm interested in understanding the growth of this sector, the incentives private providers face, and consequences for healthcare quality and access, and in evaluating interventions to address this. These interventions may include enhancing regulation, subsidies and social marketing, social franchising, accreditation, and other quality improvement strategies.

A key interest of mine had been the role of the commercial retail sector in malaria treatment. I have been involved in the Independent Evaluaton of the Affordable Medicines Facility-malaria (AMFm) in 7 countries; analysis of the private sector distribution chains for antimalarials in 7 countries (ACTwatch); and evaluations of the strategies to enhance access to and targeting of antimalarial combination therapy in Kenya and Tanzania (ACT Consortium). 

I am co-PI of the Maternal Healthcare Markets Evaluation Team (MET), which focuses on innovative private sector strategies to enhance maternal health. Within this, I am leading a study of the nature of competition in the market for provision of maternal health care services in India. I am also leading an evaluation of the PharmAccess SafeCare model for improving quality of care in private facilities in Tanzania, and co-leading a process evaluation of regulatory innovations in Kenya. 

Research Area
Complex interventions
Economic evaluation
Health care financing
Health care policy
Health policy
Health sector development
Health systems
Maternal health
Global Health
Impact evaluation
Private sector
Qualitative methods
Health economics
Social Sciences
Disease and Health Conditions
East Asia & Pacific (developing only)
Least developed countries: UN classification
South Asia
Sub-Saharan Africa (developing only)

Selected Publications

Prices and mark-ups on antimalarials: evidence from nationally representative studies in six malaria-endemic countries.
Palafox, B.; Patouillard, E.; Tougher, S.; Goodman, C.; Hanson, K.; Kleinschmidt, I.; Torres Rueda, S.; Kiefer, S.; O'Connell, K.; Zinsou, C.; Phok, S.; Akulayi, L.; Arogundade, E.; Buyungo, P.; Mpasela, F.; Poyer, S.; Chavasse, D.;
Health Policy Plan
Family Planning, Antenatal and Delivery Care: Cross-Sectional Survey Evidence on Levels of Coverage and Inequalities by Public and Private Sector in 57 Low- and Middle-Income Countries.
Campbell, O.M.; Benova, L.; MacLeod, D.; Baggaley, R.F.; Rodrigues, L.C.; Hanson, K.; Powell-Jackson, T.; Penn-Kekana, L.; Polonsky, R.; Footman, K.; Vahanian, A.; Pereira, S.K.; Santos, A.C.; Filippi, V.G.; Lynch, C.A.; Goodman, C.;
Trop Med Int Health
Cluster Randomized Trial of Text Message Reminders to Retail Staff in Tanzanian Drug Shops Dispensing Artemether-Lumefantrine: Effect on Dispenser Knowledge and Patient Adherence.
Bruxvoort, K.; Festo, C.; Kalolella, A.; Cairns, M.; Lyaruu, P.; Kenani, M.; Kachur, S.P.; Goodman, C.; Schellenberg, D.;
Am J Trop Med Hyg
Getting antimalarials on target: impact of national roll-out of malaria rapid diagnostic tests on health facility treatment in three regions of Tanzania.
Bruxvoort, K.; Kalolella, A.; Nchimbi, H.; Festo, C.; Taylor, M.; Thomson, R.; Cairns, M.; Thwing, J.; Kleinschmidt, I.; Goodman, C.; Kachur, S.P.;
Trop Med Int Health
Effect of the Affordable Medicines Facility-malaria (AMFm) on the availability, price, and market share of quality-assured artemisinin-based combination therapies in seven countries: a before-and-after analysis of outlet survey data.
Tougher, S.; ACTwatch Group (inc; Palafox, B.;) Ye, Y.; Amuasi, J.H.; Kourgueni, I.A.; Thomson, R.; Goodman, C.; Mann, A.G.; Ren, R.; Willey, B.A.; Adegoke, C.A.; Amin, A.; Ansong, D.; Bruxvoort, K.; Diallo, D.A.; Diap, G.; Festo, C.; Johanes, B.; Juma, E.; Kalolella, A.; Malam, O.; Mberu, B.; Ndiaye, S.; Nguah, S.B.; Seydou, M.; Taylor, M.; Rueda, S.T.; Wamukoya, M.; Arnold, F.; Hanson, K.;
The Impact of Retail-Sector Delivery of Artemether-Lumefantrine on Malaria Treatment of Children under Five in Kenya: A Cluster Randomized Controlled Trial
Kangwana, B.P.; Kedenge, S.V.; Noor, A.M.; Alegana, V.A.; Nyandigisi, A.J.; Pandit, J.; Fegan, G.W.; Todd, J.E.; Brooker, S.; Snow, R.W.; Goodman, C.A.;
Plos Medicine
See all Catherine Goodman's Publications