John F. Stewart

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Ph.D., Professor Emeritus, Economics
Adjunct Professor, Public Policy

jfstewar@email.unc.edu

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Originally trained as an industrial organization economist, Stewart applies his business economics skills to issues involving health care systems and policy in less developed countries. Much of this work has centered on the estimation of cost of particular interventions or programs to be used in the context of cost benefit or cost effectiveness analysis. The complexity of this analysis is a result of the fact that often health interventions are produced in a multi-output environment such as a clinic or hospital where many different diseases are treated and many different services provided. Stewart served as an investigator for the Economic Studies Group of the Gates Foundation funded Diseases of the Most Impoverished (DOMI) Project from 2002 to 2006; he developed the protocol to be used across the eight study countries to estimate the cost of treating cases of typhoid, cholera, and shigella in public institutions and to supervise those investigations. These estimates were combined with private cost of illness data to compare the cost savings associated with preventing a case of the disease with the cost of preventing a case with vaccination. The results were used in planning vaccination interventions for cholera and typhoid in a number of the study countries.

Stewart is currently collaborating with Guilkey and Speizer on the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation funded Measurement, Learning, and Evaluation (MLE) for the Urban Reproductive Health Initiative project. This six-year project uses innovative designs to rigorously analyze integrated family planning and reproductive health programs for the urban poor of five countries in Asia and sub-Saharan Africa. Stewart’s role is to design protocols for monitoring and estimating the cost of family planning interventions to assess program cost effectiveness.

The MLE project will end this year. The end line surveys will all be completed by the end of summer 2015 and the final reports will be completed in the fall of 2015. The longitudinal data sets collected from this project in the four study countries (India, Kenya, Nigeria and Senegal) provide a broad spectrum of research opportunities. Stewart will use these data to further explore the cost effectiveness of a variety of project interventions to increase the demand for modern family planning among the urban poor in developing countries.

Primary Research Areas:

  • Population Health

  • Reproductive Health

Current Research Projects:

Information updated on 5/4/2016

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