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

Seattle, WA
United States

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Rachel Nugent, PhD, is an affiliate associate professor with DGH. She has more than 30 years of experience in global development as a researcher, practitioner, and policy advisor to governments. She is Vice President and director of the Center for Global NCDs at RTI International where she leads a team charged with providing policy analysis, implementation, and evaluation of cost-effective strategies to prevent and control global noncommunicable diseases (NCDs). RTI’s global NCD experts generate and translate new evidence to help guide global and national decision-making aimed at noncommunicable disease detection, prevention, and control. Dr. Nugent manages the Center’s capabilities including health economics and evaluation; communication and behavior change; epidemiology and survey research; establishment of disease and risk factor registries; and development of guidelines, care pathways, and medical technology applications for global NCDs.

  • PhD (George Washington University)
  • BA (University of Wisconsin)
  • M Phil (George Washington University)
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  • French
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  • Non-Communicable Diseases
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Jamison, D. T., Nugent, R., Gelband, H., Horton, S., Jha, P., Laxminarayan, R., & Mock, C. N. (Eds.). (2017). Disease control priorities (3rd edition). Washington, DC: World Bank.
Jackson-Morris, A. & Nugent, R., 2020. Tailored support for national NCD policy and programme implementation: an over-looked priority. BMJ Global Health, 5(8), p.e002598.
Nugent, R., Levin, C., Hale, J., & Hutchinson, B. (2020). Economic effects of the double burden of malnutrition. The Lancet. https://doi.org/10.1016/S0140-6736(19)32473-0
Ralston, J., & Nugent, R. (2019). Toward a broader response to cardiometabolic disease. Nature Medicine, 25(11), 1644-1646. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41591-019-0642-9
Watkins, D. A., Yamey, G., Schäferhoff, M., Adeyi, O., Alleyne, G.,… Nugent, R.,., . . . Summers, L. H. (2018). Alma-Ata at 40 years: reflections from the Lancet Commission on Investing in Health. The Lancet, 392(10156), 1434-1460. https://doi.org/10.1016/S0140-6736(18)32389-4