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Research Associate II
Deborah Odihi

Departmental Affiliations

Health Systems

Center & Institute Affiliations

Contact Info

415 N. Washington Street, 5th Floor

Research Interests

Health economics; contingent valuation; health financing; cost-effectiveness; cost of illness; vaccines; international health; health systems; human resources; low and middle-income countries; Markov modeling; resource allocation; efficiency; data analysis
Experiences & Accomplishments
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Hanover College
Deborah's research is on finding ways to improve the economic evidence for the implementation and continued support for vaccines and other health interventions in resource poor settings. Her work provides recommendations to stakeholders on what types of interventions are suitable and sustainable in their context. With an emphasis on vaccine-preventable diseases, Deborah's works provides evidence on benefits of vaccines and finding the sustainable ways of implementing and financing vaccines in a health system.

Her current work is on the implementation of contingent valuation studies (a type of stated preference methods) in resource-poor settings for vaccine-preventable diseases, in order to mitigate the challenges that field researchers face, and thus elicit less biased and more valid willingness to pay estimates. Some major highlights of this work were exploring ways to teach probabilities through visual aids and also understanding effect of framing on the participants willingness to pay.
Honors & Awards
Delta Omega Honor Society (Johns Hopkins University), 2018
Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society (Hanover College), 2017
Gamma Sigma Pi Honor Society (Hanover College), 2017
Biochemistry Honors (Hanover College), 2017
Summa Cum Laude (Hanover College), 2017
Distinguished Award in Economics (Hanover College), 2017
Select Publications
Most recent publications
  • Deborah ODIHI, Gatien DE BROUCKER, Md. Zahid HASAN, Sayem AHMED, Dagna CONSTENLA, Md. Jasim UDDIN, Bryan PATENAUDE (February 2020). Contingent Valuation: A Pilot Study for Eliciting WTP for a Reduction in Mortality from Vaccine-preventable Illnesses for Children and Adults in Bangladesh. In the peer- review process
  • Deborah ODIHI, Dagna CONSTENLA (May 2018). Review of contingent valuation methods in low- and middle-income settings. Master’s Thesis
Decade of Vaccine Economics