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

Seattle, WA
United States

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Rachel Nugent is Associate Affiliate Professor of Global Health and Vice President for Global Non-communicable Diseases at RTI International. Rachel is an economist specializing in non-communicable diseases (NCDs). She works with public and private organizations to increase and improve resource allocations for NCDs in LMICs. She is a member of WHO’s Expert Advisory Panel on Management of Non Communicable Diseases and The Lancet Commission on NCDIs of the Poorest Billion. She led the Lancet Task Force on NCDs and Economics (2018). Recently she has been on the National Academy of Medicine's Committee on Preventing Global Obesity(2018) and NAM's Committee on the Convergence of Infectious and Non-communicable Diseases (2019). 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.

  • PhD (George Washington University)
  • BA (University of Wisconsin)
  • M Phil (George Washington University)
Country Affiliations 
  • French
Health Topics 
  • Cost-Effectiveness
  • Health Economics
  • Non-Communicable Diseases
  • Obesity
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Nugent, R. (2019). Preventing and managing chronic diseases would reduce the cost of healthcare and spur economic growth. BMJ, 364 (1459). DOI: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.l459

Collins, T., R. Nugent, D. Webb, et al. 2019. Time to align: development cooperation for the prevention and control of non-communicable diseases. BMJ 366:l4499

Nugent, R. (2019). Rethinking systems to reverse the global syndemic. The Lancet. 393 (10173), 726-728. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/S0140-6736(18)33243-4

Nugent, R., Barnabas, R. V., Golovaty, I., Osetinsky, B., Roberts, D. A., Bisson, C., . . . Watkins, D. (2018). Costs and cost-effectiveness of HIV/noncommunicable disease integration in Africa: from theory to practice. AIDS, 32, S83-S92. doi:10.1097/qad.0000000000001884

Nugent, R., Bertram, M. Y., Jan, S., Niessen, L. W., Sassi, F., Jamison, D. T., ... Beaglehole, R. (2018). Investing in non-communicable disease prevention and management to advance the Sustainable Development Goals. The Lancet. DOI: 10.1016/S0140-6736(18)30667-6