Research Expertise and Interest

HIV/AIDS, HIV prevention, HIV treatment programs, reproductive health, health economics, anti-poverty programs, impact evaluation

Research Description

Stefano Bertozzi is the Dean Emeritus and a Professor of Health Policy & Management in the School of Public Health.  Dr. Bertozzi’s research has covered a diverse range of projects in health economics and policy, focusing on the economic aspects of HIV/AIDS and on the health impact of large social programs, including:

  • Economic evaluation of preventive and therapeutic interventions for HIV/AIDS and reproductive health
  • Evaluation of the impact of anti-poverty programs on health
  • International health policy, especially as regards HIV/AIDS

Before coming to Berkeley, Dr. Bertozzi was a senior fellow at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, where he directed the HIV and tuberculosis programs and led a team that manages the foundation’s portfolio of grants in HIV vaccine development, biomedical prevention research, diagnostics, and strategies for introduction and scaling-up of interventions.

Prior to joining the Gates Foundation, Dr. Bertozzi worked at the Mexican National Institute of Public Health as director of its Center for Evaluation Research and Surveys. He led economics and statistics teams that conducted impact evaluations of large health and social programs in Mexico, as well as in Africa, Asia and Latin America. He also led the institute’s AIDS/Sexually Transmitted Infections research group.

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Please note: The views and opinions expressed in these articles are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or positions of UC Berkeley.
September 28, 2020
Alex Sakariassen
Overcrowded jails in states such as Montana and Missouri are experiencing COVID outbreaks. One reason for the high COVID count in jails and the low count in prisons is that states for months halted "county intakes," or the transfer of people from county jails to the state prison system after conviction. Sheriffs in charge of the county jails blame their outbreaks on overcrowding partly caused by that state policy. Stefano Bertozzi, dean emeritus at the University of California, Berkeley School of Public Health, visited California's San Quentin prison before the outbreak, and afterward helped pen an urgent memo outlining immediate actions needed to avert disaster. He recommended halting all intakes at the prison and slashing its population of 3,547 inmates in half. At that point, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation was already more than two months into an intake freeze. Overcrowding has long been an issue for criminal justice reform advocates. But for Bertozzi, the term "overcrowding" needs to be redefined in the context of COVID-19, with an emphasis on exposure risk. Three inmates sharing a cell designed for two is a bad way to live, he said, "especially for the guy who's on the floor." But if those cells are enclosed, they offer far better protection from COVID-19 than 20 inmates sharing a congregate dorm designed for 20. "It's how many people are breathing the same air," Bertozzi said.
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