Kate Lofgren is a doctoral student in health policy at Harvard University concentrating in decision sciences. 

Current Interests

Kate is currently working on projects related to the prioritization of resources in both high- and low-income settings. Her primary methodological interest is in the application and development of value of information methods as a priority setting tool. She is interested in how to quantify trade-offs in settings that are highly uncertain and may require long time-horizons to resolve.

Kate is also interested in the development of teaching tools targeted towards topics in decision theory including risk postures, value of information methods, and value of statistical life. She is a student in the Health Policy Data Science Lab and the Center for Health Decision Sciences and is a National Bureau of Economic Research Fellow in Valuing Health Research.


Before starting her PhD at Harvard, Kate spent 3 years as a Post-Bachelor Fellow at the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) where she was a contributing member to the all-cause mortality estimates for the Global Burden of Disease 2010 Study. After earning her MPH at the University of Washington, Kate moved to Mexico and worked as a visiting researcher at the Instituto Nacional de Salud Publica (INSP). At INSP Kate taught classes in the program R, conducted a program evaluation of preventative care offered through the Mexican Social Insurance Scheme (IMSS), and continued supporting the Global Burden of Disease 2013 Study. While in the PhD program she has spent time at the World Health Organization in Geneva and the Center for Global Development in Washington D.C.