Bruce Larson, PhD
Research Professor
Boston University School of Public Health
Dept of Global Health

PhD, University of Wisconsin Madison
MA, University of Wisconsin Madison

Dr. Larson is an applied economist with the Department of Global Health and the Center for Global Health and Development (CGHD). Dr. Larson has conducted research activities in about 25 countries over the past 28 years, mainly in Africa, the former Soviet Union and the US. Before joining Boston University, Larson was an Associate Professor in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics at the University of Connecticut, a Research Associate with the Harvard Institute for International Development, a Research Fellow with Winrock International, and an Agricultural Economist with the U.S. Department of Agriculture. As part of these activities, he was based in Tallinn, Riga, and Moscow during 1994-1997 and Nairobi during 2005-2006.

Since joining Boston University, his research has focused on economic evaluations of public health programs and interventions in clinical and community settings with experimental and quasi-experimental designs. Most of this evaluation work has been based on primary data collected in collaboration with colleagues and institutions in the country of focus (e.g., the Kenya Medical Research Institute/ Walter Reed Project, the Health Economics and Epidemiology Office of the University of Witwatersrand, and the Zambia Centre for Applied Health Research and Development). His evaluation research has addressed a range of topics, such as the impacts of HIV treatment on labor productivity, costs and usefulness of point-of-care technologies (CD4 tests, rapid syphilis tests, rapid malaria tests), costs of HIV care and treatment, and improving delivery of prevention of mother-to-child transmission).

Note: The publications list below does not include publications outside of public health (e.g. agriculture, environment, development, international trade). See, for example, EconLit for these other publications.

Crypotoccal Meningitis Screening in South Africa
05/01/2015 - 10/31/2017 (PI)
CDC Foundation Pfizer, Inc.

Public Health Evaluation Study
02/01/2011 - 09/22/2017 (PI)
Henry M. Jackson Foundation DOD Army Med Resrch

Malaria Control and Elimination Partnership in Africa (MACEPAll): Costing Studies
04/01/2014 - 09/30/2016 (PI)
PATH Bill & Melinda Gates

Uganda Circumcision Project: Cost and outcome comparisons of safe male circumcision service delivery models in rural Uganda
01/01/2012 - 09/30/2013 (PI)
Henry M. Jackson Foundation DOD Army Med Resrch

Public Health Evaluation Study
02/01/2011 - 09/14/2012 (PI)
Henry M. Jackson Foundation USAID

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  1. Rosen S, Fox MP, Larson BA, Brennan AT, Maskew M, Tsikhutsu I, Bii M, Ehrenkranz PD, Venter WF. Simplified clinical algorithm for identifying patients eligible for immediate initiation of antiretroviral therapy for HIV (SLATE): protocol for a randomised evaluation. BMJ Open. 2017 May 28; 7(5):e016340.View Related Profiles. PMID: 28554939; DOI: 10.1136/bmjopen-2017-016340;.
  2. Chiu C, Johnson LF, Jamieson L, Larson BA, Meyer-Rath G. Designing an optimal HIV programme for South Africa: Does the optimal package change when diminishing returns are considered? BMC Public Health. 2017 Jan 31; 17(1):143.View Related Profiles. PMID: 28143525; DOI: 10.1186/s12889-017-4023-3;.
  3. Larson BA, Ngoma T, Silumbe K, Rutagwera MR, Hamainza B, Winters AM, Miller JM, Scott CA. A framework for evaluating the costs of malaria elimination interventions: an application to reactive case detection in Southern Province of Zambia, 2014. Malar J. 2016 Aug 11; 15(1):408. PMID: 27515533; PMCID: PMC4982323; DOI: 10.1186/s12936-016-1457-5;.
  4. Rosen S, Fox MP, Larson BA, Sow PS, Ehrenkranz PD, Venter F, Manabe YC, Kaplan J. Accelerating the Uptake and Timing of Antiretroviral Therapy Initiation in Sub-Saharan Africa: An Operations Research Agenda. PLoS Med. 2016 Aug; 13(8):e1002106.View Related Profiles. PMID: 27505444; PMCID: PMC4978457; DOI: 10.1371/journal.pmed.1002106;.
  5. Halim N, Spielman K, Larson B. The economic consequences of selected maternal and early childhood nutrition interventions in low- and middle-income countries: a review of the literature, 2000-2013. BMC Womens Health. 2015; 15:33.View Related Profiles. PMID: 25887257; PMCID: PMC4407878; DOI: 10.1186/s12905-015-0189-y;.
  6. Larson B, Tindikahwa A, Mwidu G, Kibuuka H, Magala F. How much does it cost to improve access to voluntary medical male circumcision among high-risk, low-income communities in Uganda? PLoS One. 2015; 10(3):e0119484. PMID: 25774677; PMCID: PMC4361173; DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0119484;.
  7. Schnippel K, Mongwenyana C, Long LC, Larson BA. Delays, interruptions, and losses from prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV services during antenatal care in Johannesburg, South Africa: a cohort analysis. BMC Infect Dis. 2015; 15:46.View Related Profiles. PMID: 25656597; PMCID: PMC4322445; DOI: 10.1186/s12879-015-0778-2;.
  8. Marseille E, Larson B, Kazi DS, Kahn JG, Rosen S. Thresholds for the cost-effectiveness of interventions: alternative approaches. Bull World Health Organ. 2015 Feb 01; 93(2):118-24.View Related Profiles. PMID: 25883405; PMCID: PMC4339959; DOI: 10.2471/BLT.14.138206;.
  9. Larson BA, Lembela-Bwalya D, Bonawitz R, Hammond EE, Thea DM, Herlihy J. Finding a needle in the haystack: the costs and cost-effectiveness of syphilis diagnosis and treatment during pregnancy to prevent congenital syphilis in Kalomo District of Zambia. PLoS One. 2014; 9(12):e113868.View Related Profiles. PMID: 25478877; PMCID: PMC4257564; DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0113868;.
  10. Scott CA, Iyer HS, McCoy K, Moyo C, Long L, Larson BA, Rosen S. Retention in care, resource utilization, and costs for adults receiving antiretroviral therapy in Zambia: a retrospective cohort study. BMC Public Health. 2014; 14:296.View Related Profiles. PMID: 24684772; PMCID: PMC3995515; DOI: 10.1186/1471-2458-14-296;.
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In addition to these self-described keywords below, a list of MeSH based concepts is available here.

cost-effectiveness analysis
costing analyses
economic evaluation
health economics
sub-Saharan Africa, the former Soviet Union
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