Harsha Thirumurthy

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Ph.D., Associate Professor, Health Policy and Management

harsha@unc.edu

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Harsha Thirumurthy is Associate Professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health. Before joining UNC, he completed a PhD in Department of Economics at Yale University. Thirumurthy’s research has been at the intersection of economics and population health in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. His research examines linkages between health and economic outcomes, including the effects of large-scale health initiative on socio-economic outcomes as well as the effect of economic interventions to achieve changes in health behavior. Using longitudinal survey data from Kenya and India, Thirumurthy’s early research assessed the impact of HIV treatment on employment outcomes as well as resource allocation within households. Related projects that are ongoing are further examining the economic effects of newer HIV treatment policies being adopted in Kenya and Uganda. His recent research, based on support from an NICHD K01 award, has incorporated insights from psychology and economics to explore behavioral aspects of health behaviors in developing countries. Thirumurthy led a widely-cited randomized controlled trial to evaluate the impact of interventions that use mobile phone based text messages to promote adherence to HIV treatment in Kenya. Using experimental and non-experimental methods, Thirumurthy has also led studies supported by NIH and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation on various health behaviors including the uptake of HIV testing as well as medical male circumcision for HIV prevention. His ongoing research is examining the role of HIV self-testing as an HIV prevention strategy in Kenya as well as community-based approaches to improving primary care in India.

Primary Research Areas:

  • Demography

  • Population Health

  • Reproductive Health

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