Catherine Pitt is an Assistant Professor of Health Economics at LSHTM, focussed on economic evaluation and health financing. Her applied economic evaluation work focuses on sub-Saharan Africa, where she is involved in studies – often cluster-randomized trials – of interventions to tackle malaria and neglected tropical diseases and to improve reproductive, maternal, newborn, and child health (RMNCH). She is particularly interested in the role of community health workers, health systems, geographical targeting, and disease elimination, and in improving methods for cost data collection and analysis and evaluation of health interventions more generally. She previously coordinated economic evaluation work within the Department of Global Health & Development, and led a supplement in Health Economics called Economic evaluations in low- and middle-income countries: Methodological issues and challenges for priority setting. Her second area of research concerns methods for tracking donor financing, with a focus on how to estimate aid for specific areas of health, notably RMNCH.
Catherine completed her BA at Yale in history and international studies, and then worked with health-focused development and humanitarian NGOs in Rwanda, eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, Pakistani-Administered Kashmir, and the Central African Republic. She obtained an MSc in Public Health in Developing Countries and undertook a PhD in Health Economics at LSHTM.