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Robert Hecht, PhD

Professor of Epidemiology; Affiliated Faculty, Yale Institute for Global Health

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Robert Hecht, PhD

Research Summary

Dr. Hecht’s research focuses on global health policy and financing. In recent years, his research has concentrated on the costs, financing, and cost-effectiveness of actual and prospective investments in Hepatitis B and C, AIDS, malaria, vaccine-preventable diseases, and nutrition interventions. The challenges and policy responses to declining donor financing of health, and the corresponding need to mobilize increased domestic funding, has also been a recurring theme in his research. Projects have covered more than 20 countries in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Clients have included the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation; the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB, and Malaria; the Gavi Vaccine Alliance; UNAIDS; Unitaid; the Tata Education Trusts; Nutrition International; and others. Previously, Dr. Hecht’s research in global health also covered policies and financing to stimulate expanded investment in research and development for new drugs, vaccines, diagnostics, and other products to meet the priority needs of low and middle income countries; innovative financing mechanisms for global health; and reform of national health insurance mechanisms on the road to Universal Health Coverage. Dr. Hecht has published his research results in a wide range of journals including the Lancet, Lancet Global Health, Health Policy and Planning, Health Affairs, PLoS, and the Journal of Global Health.

Public Health Interests

Global Health; Health Care Financing; Health Policy; HIV/AIDS; Infectious Diseases; Substance Use, Addiction; Vaccines

Selected Publications