Bio

 

Dorit Stein is a first-year PhD Student in the Global Health and Population department at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, specializing in Health Systems.

Dorit's research applies decision science, economic, and epidemiological methods to inform health policy decisions around service delivery design, resource allocation, and global priority setting. Her current research includes estimating the health, financial risk protection, cost, and equity impacts of improving health systems performance for chronic disease management in low- and middle-income countries. She uses chronic disease (mainly hypertension, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease) as tracer conditions to better understand the population-level impacts of strengthening primary care delivery systems across populations and contexts. She is also interested in leveraging country-owned data sources such as Health Management Information Systems data to improve disease and policy model assumptions, and to create an evidence base arguing for more investment in local clinical and operational data systems.

Before her PhD, Dorit worked for two years providing technical assistance to country governments on health systems strengthening issues as part of a USAID-funded project. Her work focused on generating evidence to inform health financing policies like strategic purchasing and provider payment, domestic resource mobilization for sustainable financing, and integration of the private sector into public insurance schemes in Indonesia, Nepal, Philippines, and Tanzania. She previously also worked in community development in Nepal and federal science policy in Washington DC.

Dorit received her Master of Science in Global Health and Population at HSPH in 2019 and graduated summa cum laude and Highest Departmental Honors with a Bachelor of Science in Human Biology and Society and minor in Public Policy from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) in 2014. She grew up in San Diego, California and loves surfing, scuba diving, swimming, and generally being outside.