- Interim Division Chief of Health Policy
- Professor of Medical Ethics and Health Policy
- Associate Director, Center for Health Incentives & Behavioral Economics (CHIBE)
- Co-Director, Penn Research Development Initiative (PDRI)
- Yale University, PhD, MA, MPhil
- Oberlin College, BA, Economics and Physics
Harsha Thirumurthy is the Interim Division Chief of Health Policy and a Professor in the Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy at the University of Pennsylvania. He is also Associate Director at the Center for Health Incentives and Behavioral Economics and a Research Associate at Penn’s Population Studies Center. In addition, he also serves as Co-Director of the Penn Development Research Initiative (PDRI).
Professor Thirumurthy’s interests lie at the intersection of economics and public health. A major focus of his research has been to use insights from economics and psychology to design and evaluate interventions to achieve better health outcomes in low-income settings. His research has also studied the economic impacts of large-scale health initiatives. View his personal website here.
Dr. Thirumurthy has led numerous randomized trials of behavioral interventions, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. He has published peer-reviewed articles in leading journals in economics, public health, and medicine, including JAMA, The Lancet HIV, PLOS Medicine, the New England Journal of Medicine, the Journal of Public Economics, and the American Economic Journal-Applied Economics.
Dr. Thirumurthy completed a Ph.D. in economics at Yale University. He is an Affiliate of the Bureau for Research on the Economic Analysis of Development and Chair of the Population Sciences review panel at the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development.