Catherine Pitt


Assistant 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 obtained my MSc in Public Health in Developing Countries at LSHTM.


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


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


I am a personal tutor and summer project supervisor for students on the MSc Public Health for Development and 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.


I coordinate 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 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 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.  

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 collaborate with the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health to develop new, harmonized methods to promote accountability and facilitate advocacy efforts. In collaboration with Saving Newborn Lives, I have also developed methods to track aid for prenatal and neonatal health.  



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

Selected Publications

Tracking aid for global health goals: a systematic comparison of four approaches applied to reproductive, maternal, newborn, and child health.
Pitt, C. ; Grollman, C. ; Martinez-Alvarez, M. ; Arregoces, L. ; Borghi, J. ;
Lancet Glob Health
Countdown to 2015: an analysis of donor funding for prenatal and neonatal health, 2003-2013.
Pitt, C. ; Grollman, C. ; Martínez-Álvarez, M. ; Arregoces, L. ; Lawn, J.E. ; Borghi, J. ;
BMJ Glob Health
Large-scale delivery of seasonal malaria chemoprevention to children under 10 in Senegal: an economic analysis
Pitt, C.; Ndiaye, M.; Conteh, L.; Sy, O.; Ba, E.H.; Cisse, B.; Gomis, J.F.; Gaye, O.; Ndiaye, J.-L.; Milligan, P.J.
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, A.H. ; Manu, A. ; Tawiah-Agyemang, C. ; Hill, Z. ; Owusu-Agyei, S. ; Kirkwood, B.R. ; Hanson, K. ;
Lancet Glob 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, U.K. ; Guinness, L. ; Walker, D. ; Foster, N. ; Hanson, K. ;
Health Econ
Donor funding for newborn survival: an analysis of donor-reported data, 2002-2010.
Pitt, C. ; Lawn, J.E. ; Ranganathan, M. ; Mills, A. ; Hanson, K. ;
PLoS Med
See all Catherine Pitt's Publications