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Sean Sylvia
Ph.D., Associate Professor, Health Policy and Management
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As a health and development economist, Sean Sylvia researches ways to improve the delivery of health care in middle-income countries. His research has explored interventions to improve early childhood health and development, school-based health and nutrition programs, the quality of primary care provided by rural clinicians, the use of antibiotics, digital health and other topics.

Sean Sylvia, PhD, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management at UNC’s Gillings School of Global Public Health. As a health and development economist, Dr. Sylvia’s work uses experimental and quasi-experimental methods to study innovative approaches to improve the delivery of health services in underserved communities globally. His work has appeared in leading public health and economics journals such as the BMJ, PLOS Medicine, Health Services Research, the Journal of Health Economics, World Development, and the Economic Journal. Dr. Sylvia currently leads the Digital Health Economics and Policy (DHEP) Lab, which convenes interdisciplinary teams to weave insights from the behavioral, data, and computer sciences into transformative health policy research suited for the digital age. Prior to UNC, he held positions at the Renmin University of China, Stanford University, and the World Bank. He obtained his PhD in Agricultural and Resource Economics with a concentration in Development Economics from the University of Maryland at College Park.

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