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.


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


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

Infection prevention and control compliance in Tanzanian outpatient facilities: a cross-sectional study with implications for the control of COVID-19.
Powell-Jackson T; King JJC; Makungu C; Spieker N; Woodd S; Risha P; Goodman C
The Lancet. Global health
Investigating the nature of competition facing private healthcare facilities: the case of maternity care in Uttar Pradesh, India.
Gautham M; Bruxvoort K; Iles R; Subharwal M; Gupta S; Jain M; Goodman C
Health policy and planning
How to do (or not to do) … using the standardized patient method to measure clinical quality of care in LMIC health facilities.
King JJC; Das J; Kwan A; Daniels B; Powell-Jackson T; Makungu C; Goodman C
How equitable is social franchising? Case studies of three maternal healthcare franchises in Uganda and India.
Haemmerli M; Santos A; Penn-Kekana L; Lange I; Matovu F; Benova L; Wong KLM; Goodman C
Health policy and planning
Process evaluation of a social franchising model to improve maternal health: evidence from a multi-methods study in Uttar Pradesh, India.
Penn-Kekana L; Powell-Jackson T; Haemmerli M; Dutt V; Lange IL; Mahapatra A; Sharma G; Singh K; Singh S; Shukla V
Implementation science
Impact of introduction of rapid diagnostic tests for malaria on antibiotic prescribing: analysis of observational and randomised studies in public and private healthcare settings.
Hopkins H; Bruxvoort KJ; Cairns ME; Chandler CIR; Leurent B; Ansah EK; Baiden F; Baltzell KA; Björkman A; Burchett HED
BMJ (Clinical research ed)
Effect of a multifaceted social franchising model on quality and coverage of maternal, newborn, and reproductive health-care services in Uttar Pradesh, India: a quasi-experimental study.
Tougher S; Dutt V; Pereira S; Haldar K; Shukla V; Singh K; Kumar P; Goodman C; Powell-Jackson T
The Lancet Global health
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 OMR; Benova L; MacLeod D; Baggaley RF; Rodrigues LC; Hanson K; Powell-Jackson T; Penn-Kekana L; Polonsky R; Footman K
Tropical medicine & international health
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
Health policy and planning
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