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Derek Brown

Assistant Professor
PhD, Economics, Duke University
Derek Brown

Phone: (314) 935-8651


Research interests:

Health Economics

Stated preference methods & health-related quality of life

Child abuse and neglect 



Derek Brown joined the Brown School as an assistant professor in August
2012. He teaches applied linear modeling and health economics courses in the Master of Public Health curriculum. Dr. Brown is also a Scholar in the Washington University Institute for Public Health, a Faculty Affiliate in the Center for Violence and Injury Prevention, and Senior Research Fellow at the Center for Health Policy and Inequalities Research of the Duke Global Health Institute.

Dr. Brown is conducting research on the economics of child maltreatment, in particular among Medicaid populations using an innovative linkage of Medicaid claims and survey data. Begun with CDC support, he now continues this work as co-investigator of two major research grants from the National Institute of Mental Health and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. He is using research methods such as discrete choice surveys to analyze public preferences for quality of life, the non-pecuniary impacts of child maltreatment, behavioral choices about preventive health care, including HIV screening in Tanzania. Together, this research is part of his broader effort to improve social valuation of both financial and non-financial aspects of health and quality of life to facilitate better public health decision-making in cost, cost-effectiveness, and cost-benefit analysis.

Prior to his faculty appointment, Dr. Brown was a Research Health Economist in the Public Health Economics Program at Research Triangle Institute (RTI International) and a visiting instructor of econometrics and public economics at Duke University.

His research has appeared in numerous peer-reviewed journals including American Journal of Preventive Medicine, Child Abuse and Neglect, Health Services Research, Journal of Interpersonal Violence, Obesity, Preventive Medicine, Vaccine, Value in Health, and other leading journals.

Dr. Brown is an active member of the Center for Disease Control’s Healthy People 2020 work group guiding federal health surveillance on health-related quality of life. Dr. Brown holds a B.A. in Economics from Grinnell College and a M.A. and a PhD in Economics from Duke University.



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