Dr Catherine Pitt


Associate Professor
of Health Economics

Room 307

15-17 Tavistock Place
United Kingdom

+44 (0)20 7958 8279

I have worked at LSHTM since 2008 as a health economist with a focus on economic evaluation and health financing. 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 received an MSc in Public Health in Developing Countries and a PhD in Health Economics from LSHTM.


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


Centre for Evaluation
Malaria Centre
Centre for Maternal Adolescent Reproductive & Child Health (MARCH)
Health in Humanitarian Crises Centre


I am the advisor for the Health Economics stream of the MSc Public Health. I lead seminars on the Term 1 module Introduction to Health Economics and the Term 2 module Economic Evaluation. I also lecture on the economics of malaria for the MSc module on malaria.

For many years, I was a personal tutor and summer project supervisor for students on the MSc Public Health for Development and have also supervised summer projects for students on the MSc Public Health (health economics stream) or the MSc Health Policy, Planning, and Financing.



My applied economic evaluation work focuses on sub-Saharan Africa, where I am involved in studies - often cluster-randomized trials - of interventions to tackle malaria and neglected tropical diseases and to improve reproductive, maternal, newborn, and child health (RMNCH). I am particularly interested in transferability of economic evaluation evidence, the role of community health workers, health systems, geographical targeting, and disease elimination, and in improving methods for cost data collection and analysis and evaluation of health interventions more generally. I previously coordinated economic evaluation work 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. My PhD focused on economic evaluations of malaria interventions and sought to improve methods for increasing the transferability of findings across contexts.

My second area of research concerns methods for tracking donor financing, with a focus on how to estimate aid for specific areas of health.  As part of the Countdown initiative, I have led in-depth research comparing methods for tracking aid for RMNCH and collaborated with the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health to develop new, harmonized methods to promote accountability and facilitate advocacy efforts - Muskoka2. In collaboration with Saving Newborn Lives, I have also developed methods to track aid for prenatal and neonatal health. 

Current research projects include:

  • SHARP: Skin Health Africa Reserach Programme in Ethiopia and Ghana, funded by the National Institute for Health Research 
  • OMWaNA: Operationalizing Kangaroo Mother Care before stabilisation amongst low birth weight neonates in Africa, a cluster-randomized trial in Ugandan hospitals funded by the Joint Global Health Trials Scheme
  • Exemplars in Maternal and Neonatal Health, funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  • Health Financing Data Analysis Centre for the Countdown to 2030, funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  • STOP: Toward the interruption of transmission of soil-transmitted helminths, funded by the European and Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership
  • Cost-effectiveness analyses of next generation insecticide-treated bed nets to prevent malaria 
I currently supervise and advise research degree students working on the cost-effectiveness of interventions to tackle malaria and to improve sanitation.  

I am also an Associate Editor for the Wiley journal, Health Economics.

Research Area
Complex interventions
Economic evaluation
Health care financing
Maternal health
Perinatal health
Public health
Health workers
Global Health
Mixed methods
Neonatal health
Social Sciences
Disease and Health Conditions
Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs)
Vector borne disease
Buruli Ulcer
Soil-transmitted helminths
Burkina Faso
The Gambia
South Africa
Least developed countries: UN classification
Sub-Saharan Africa (developing only)

Selected Publications

Estimates of aid for reproductive, maternal, newborn, and child health: findings from application of the Muskoka2 method, 2002-17.
Dingle A; Schäferhoff M; Borghi J; Lewis Sabin M; Arregoces L; Martinez-Alvarez M; Pitt C
Equity of resource flows for reproductive, maternal, newborn, and child health: are those most in need being left behind?
Martinez-Alvarez M; Federspiel F; Singh NS; Schäferhoff M; Lewis Sabin M; Onoka C; Mounier-Jack S; Borghi J; Pitt C
Effects, equity, and cost of school-based and community-wide treatment strategies for soil-transmitted helminths in Kenya: a cluster-randomised controlled trial
Pullan R; Halliday K; Oswald W; Mcharo C; Beaumont E; Kepha S; Witek-McManus S; Gichuki P; Allen E; Drake T
Economic evaluation in global health
Pitt C; Borghi J; Hanson K
Oxford Textbook of Global Health of Women, Newborns, Children, and Adolescents
Large-scale delivery of seasonal malaria chemoprevention to children under 10 in Senegal: an economic analysis.
Pitt C; Ndiaye M; Conteh L; Sy O; Hadj Ba E; Cissé B; Gomis JF; Gaye O; Ndiaye J-L; Milligan PJ
Health policy and planning
Cost and cost-effectiveness of newborn home visits: findings from the Newhints cluster-randomised controlled trial in rural Ghana.
Pitt C; Tawiah T; Soremekun S; ten Asbroek AHA; Manu A; Tawiah-Agyemang C; Hill Z; Owusu-Agyei S; Kirkwood BR; Hanson K
The Lancet Global health
Foreword: Health Economic Evaluations in Low- and Middle-income Countries: Methodological Issues and Challenges for Priority Setting.
Pitt C; Vassall A; Teerawattananon Y; Griffiths UK; Guinness L; Walker D; Foster N; Hanson K
Health economics
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