Associate Professor, Global Health and Social Medicine, HMS
Dr. Chunling Lu, Ph.D., is Associate Professor in Medicine and Associate Professor in Global Health and Social Medicine. As the director of the Program in Global Health Economics and Social Change at Harvard Medical School, her research is focused on measuring and analyzing health finance and its effectiveness on population health outcomes at multiple levels. Funded by various grants, Dr. Lu has been working on projects such as: (1) tracking global-, regional-, and country-level expenditure on early childhood development, pre-primary education, child and maternal health, adolescent health, mental health, and community health by various funding sources, (2), assessing global-, regional- and country-level prevalence of young children exposed to risk factors of early development or children living in institutions; (3) leading economic evaluation on various health interventions in low- and middle-income countries such as Ethiopia, Guatemala, India, Pakistan, and Rwanda. Dr. Lu has been involved in a number of scientific committees, including chairing the Financial Data Tracking/Costing Working Group for the African Health Initiative of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, acting as an advisor for the World Health Organization on monitoring health service utilization and financial protection, leading consultation team, organized by the World Health Organization, on sustainable financing public health programs in Mongolia, and serving as a member of the High-Level Panel on Financing Community Health Workers organized by the United Nation’s Secretary General’s Special Envoy for Health in Agenda 2030 and for Malaria. Currently, Dr. Lu is a member of the Technical Working Group on Early Childhood Development at the Countdown 2030 and a member of Global Health Faculty of Experts at the UK Medical Research Council. She serves in the Editorial Board of Social Science & Medicine – Population Health.