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Assistant Professor

Emmanuel Fulgence Drabo, PhD, MPhil, applies economic epidemiology, health services research, and systems science methods to assess the value of public health interventions.

Contact Info

624 N. Broadway, Hampton House 402

Research Interests

Health economics; economic evaluation; decision analysis; modeling; econometrics; HIV/AIDS; infectious diseases; chronic conditions; Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias; aging; health disparities; safety-net programs.
Experiences & Accomplishments
University of Southern California
Frederick Pardee RAND Graduate School
Bates College
I am a health economist, modeler, and health services researcher. My research is primarily designed to develop and apply methods to estimate the impact of health interventions and public health policy changes on morbidity and mortality from infectious diseases (e.g., HIV/AIDS and vaccine-preventable diseases) and major chronic conditions (e.g., dementias). In doing so, I hope to contribute to advance science around the valuation of interventions aimed at improving individual health outcomes and overall population health.
Honors & Awards
2014 – 2016: Baxter BioScience Predoctoral Fellow, University of Southern California
2016: Outstanding Doctoral Outcomes Scholar Award, University of Southern California
2017 – 2018: Research Scholar with the Minority Aging Health Economics Research Center, University of Southern California (USC-RCMAR)
Select Publications
Selected publications from the last 5 years
  • Drabo, E.F., Eckel, G.*, Ross, S.L., Brozic, M., Carlton, C.G., Warren, T.Y., Kleb, G., Laird, A., Pollack Porter, K.M., Pollack, C. “A Social Return on Investment Analysis of Bon Secours Hospital’s “Housing for Health” Affordable Housing Program.” Health Affairs. 2021 Mar 1; 40(3): 513-520. doi:
  • Montoy, J.C., Wagner, Z.R., Drabo, E.F., Dow, W.H. “Incentives versus defaults: cost-effectiveness of behavioral approaches for HIV screening.” AIDS and Behavior. 2020 Feb; 24(2): 379-386. doi: 10.1007/s10461-019-02425-8.
  • Drabo, E.F., Barthold, D., Joyce, G., Ferido, P., Chang Chui, H., Zissimopoulos, J. “Longitudinal Analysis of Dementia Diagnosis and Specialty Care Among Racially Diverse Medicare Beneficiaries.” Alzheimer’s & Dementia. 2019; 15(11): 1402-1411. doi: 10.1016/j.jalz.2019.07.005.
  • Drabo, E.F., Hay, J.W., Wagner, Z.R., Vardavas, R., Sood, N. “A cost-effectiveness analysis of pre-exposure prophylaxis for the prevention of HIV among Los Angeles County men who have sex with men.” Clinical Infectious Diseases. 2016 Dec 1; 63(11):1495-1504. doi: 10.1093/cid/ciw578.
  • Sood, N., Wagner, Z.R., Jaycocks, A., Drabo, E.F., Vardavas, R. “Test-and-treat in Los Angeles: a mathematical model of the effects of test-and-treat for the population of men who have sex with men in Los Angeles County.” Clinical Infectious Diseases. 2013 Jun; 56(12):1789-96. doi: 10.1093/cid/cit158.
Teaching Vaccine Economics Everywhere