Improving health and reducing inequities worldwide


GHECon: Global Health Economics Consortium

About Us

Letter from the Director

Global Health Economics Consortium
2015 year in review

GHECon started in April 2013. Our goal is to galvanize UCSF health economics capacity to address major challenges in international and domestic health, via locally-tailored analyses, and to advance the field of global health economics. Our membership includes more than 40 faculty and senior staff, in all four UCSF schools, who conduct research in varied areas of health economics — cost, cost-effectiveness, workforce, finance, econometrics, and behavioral economics.


GHECon promotes the use of state-of-the-art economic analyses to increase the impact of public health and clinical science to advance the health of people worldwide. Through fostering access to economic and health information and tools we promote "precision health policy" – the use of evidence to inform locally-adapted health strategies and interventions, to achieve large and lasting health gains. We pursue these goals through groundbreaking technical research, data and tool development, broad collaborations, and innovative teaching and training programs.

The central GHECon strategy is to enhance the capacity of national and local jurisdictions to design and deliver efficient and high quality health services. Specifically, GHECon will use a broad set of health economics methods to:

  • Identify the major sources of mortality and disability amenable to intervention;
  • Characterize the effectiveness and cost of available interventions;
  • Support program decisions that advance the efficient allocation of available health resources within the context of local capacity, priorities, and values;
  • Provide guidance on financing and infrastructure; and
  • Identify and foster the use of best implementation practices.

Our audience includes local and national decision-makers, international health officials and funders, other global health professionals, and patients and the public.

GHECon colloquiums