• Affiliate Associate Professor, Global Health
  • Project Director, Disease Control Priorities Network

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Rachel Nugent is Vice President for Global Non-communicable Diseases at RTI International. Rachel was Associate Professor in the Department of Global Health and Director of the Disease Control Priorities Network. She is a member of WHO’s Expert Advisory Panel on Management of Non Communicable Diseases (NCDs), the Abraaj Health Care Fund Social Impact Committee, and The Lancet Commission on NCDIs of the Poorest Billion. She led the Lancet Task Force on NCDs and Economics (2018). She served on the U.S. Institute of Medicine Committee on Economic Evaluation for Investments in Children, Youth, and Families (2015-2016), and is a member of the NAM Workshop Committee on Preventing Global Obesity(2018). Rachel focuses on using economic analysis for priority-setting in health, and has worked with global and national institutions to increase use of evidence for decision-making. Her recent work includes tracking donor funding on NCDs, and assessing costs and benefits of NCD policies and interventions. She received her M.Phil. and Ph.D. degrees in economics from the George Washington University in Washington, DC, USA.

  • PhD (George Washington University)
  • BA (University of Wisconsin)
  • M Phil (George Washington University)
  • French
Health Topics 
  • Chronic Disease (incl. Cardiovascular, Diabetes)
  • Health Economics
  • Health Financing
  • Non-communicable diseases
  • Nutrition
  • Obesity
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Nugent, R., Bertram, M.Y., Jan, S., Niessen, L.W., Sassi, F., Jamison, D.T., Pier, E.G. and Beaglehole, R., 2018. Investing in non-communicable disease prevention and management to advance the Sustainable Development Goals. The Lancet.

Jan, S., Laba, T.L., Essue, B.M., Gheorghe, A., Muhunthan, J., Engelgau, M., Mahal, A., Griffiths, U., McIntyre, D., Meng, Q. and Nugent, R., 2018. Action to address the household economic burden of non-communicable diseases. The Lancet.

Davies, J., Abimiku, A., Alobo, M., Mullan, Z., Nugent, R., Schneidman, M., et al. (2017). Sustainable clinical laboratory capacity for health in Africa. The Lancet Global Health, 5(3). DOI:10.1016/S2214-109X(17)30024-4.

Horton, S., Gelband, H., Jamison, D., Levin, C., Nugent, R., & Watkins, D. (2017). Ranking 93 health interventions for low- and middle-income countries by cost-effectiveness. PLoS One, 12(8), e0182951. DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0182951

Jamison, D. T., Alwan, A., Mock, C. N., Nugent, R., Watkins, D., Adeyi, O., . . . & Zhao, K. (2017). Universal health coverage and intersectoral action for health: Key messages from Disease Control Priorities, 3rd edition. The Lancet. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S0140-6736(17)32906-9