Harsha Thirumurthy, PhD

Harsha Thirumurthy, PhD
Senior Fellow

Associate Professor; Associate Director of the Center for Health Incentives and Behavioral Economics

Public Health Interests

Behavioral Economics, Behavioral Health, HIV/AIDS, Nutrition



Current Public-Health Related Activities

Dr. Thirumurthy is an Associate Professor in the Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. He was recruited to Penn from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he held a position in the Department of Health Policy and Management in the Gillings School of Global Public Health. He has a Ph.D. in economics from Yale University. Dr. Thirumurthy’s research seeks to design and rigorously evaluate interventions that can achieve changes in health behaviors in low-income settings, typically using insights from psychology and economics as well as novel technologies. His work has focused on medication adherence, HIV testing, male circumcision for HIV prevention, and behaviors related to maternal and child health. He has led several randomized trials of incentive-based approaches to health promotion as well as mobile health (mHealth) interventions. He has also evaluated large-scale health initiatives such as the scale-up of HIV treatment and assessed trends in population health.

Select Publications:

Willingness to pay for HIV self-tests among women in Kenya: Implications for subsidy and pricing policies. PMID 29767641

Costs of streamlined HIV care delivery in rural Ugandan and Kenyan clinics in the SEARCH studys. PMID 30134294