Julia A. Walsh

Title
Adjunct Professor
Department
School of Public Health
Phone
(510) 642-1629
Fax
(510) 643-8236
Research Expertise and Interest
reproductive health, Immunization, socioeconomic benefits, cost-effectiveness analysis, cost-benefit analysis, economic evaluation, global health equity, market size estimation in poor countries, contraception, maternal mortality among the poor, neonatal mortality risk factors analysis, millenium development goals
Research Description

My research concentrates on innovative cost-effective and cost-beneficial solutions in public and private sector to improve health among the poorest. I am an expert in health information systems analysis, with a focus on cost-benefit and cost-effectiveness analyses of health interventions. With more than 35 years of working the public health sector, I have extensive experience studying testing and evaluating health interventions in the US and in more than 20 poor and middle income countries in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. I was the founding director of the highly successful USAID Data for Decision Making Project while on the faculty at Harvard University and led that multimillion dollar, multi-institutional, multi-country cooperative agreement on health system reform for several years.

I have broad experience with many international agencies as consultant or expert advisor. As a consultant, I have conducted an analysis of the market feasibility, costs, and cost-effectiveness of the new method of fortification of rice with multivitamins in Columbia and India and a cost effectiveness of improvements in health information systems to enhance information based decision-making in poor countries. In addition to modeling the costs and cost-effectiveness of priority interventions for maternal health, I have estimated market size for improved diagnostics for pneumonia and chlamydia in Tanzania and for vaginal technologies to decrease STD. My team evaluated an innovative computer video-assisted method for improving health in rural Uttar Pradesh India that video connects patients and rural health practitioners with physicians in Delhi. I designed a cost-effectiveness comparison of social franchising and social marketing of antibiotic treatment for childhood pneumonia in Myanmar. For the Seguro Popular, the Mexican insurance scheme for the poor, I have assessed priorities for improving neonatal mortality.

My ‘Citation Classic’ publications are used globally for teaching health care in developing countries. I have a keen interest in the widespread market penetration of evidence-based health interventions. At UC Berkeley, I have taught the Global Public Health core course and a course on cost-effectiveness analysis.

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