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Thomas J. Hoerger

Senior Fellow, Health Economics and Financing

Thomas Hoerger, PhD, specializes in health economics, health care reform, and cost-effectiveness analysis and is the director of the Public Health Economics Program at RTI. Dr. Hoerger has led numerous research projects for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). He has developed models for examining the cost-effectiveness of health promotion interventions and estimated the costs of diabetes, vision loss, and other conditions. He has directed a series of projects to design, implement, and evaluate competitive bidding for Medicare services. The purpose of the CDC-sponsored RTI-UNC Center of Excellence in Health Promotion Economics, which Hoerger directed, was to develop, evaluate, and implement health promotion recommendations, programs, and policies; to evaluate their cost-effectiveness; and, consequently, to improve upon efforts to promote health and prevent disease, disability, and injury.


PhD, Economics, Northwestern University; MA, Economics, Northwestern University; BA, Economics, Carleton College.

Latest Publications

Hoerger, T.J., Crouse, W.L., Zhuo, X., Gregg, E.W., Albright, A.L., & Zhang, P. (2015). Medicare's intensive behavioral therapy for obesity: An exploratory cost-effectiveness analysis. American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 48 (4):419-425.
Hoerger, T.J., Simpson, S.A., Yarnoff, B.O., Pavkov, M.E., Rios, B.N., Saydah, S.H., et al. (2015). The Future Burden of CKD in the United States: A Simulation Model for the CDC CKD Initiative. American Journal of Kidney Diseases, 65 (3):403-411.
Lewis, M.A., Bann, C.M., Karns, S.A., Hobbs, C.L., Holt, S., Brenner, J., Fleming, N., Johnson, P., Langwell, K., Peek, M.E., Burton, J.A., Hoerger, T.J., Clark, N.M., & Kamerow, D.B. (2014). Cross-site evaluation of the Alliance to Reduce Disparities in Diabetes: Clinical and patient-reported outcomes. Health Promotion Practice, 15 (2 Suppl):92S-102S.
Ekwueme, D.U., Uzunangelov, V.J., Hoerger, T.J., Miller, J.W., Saraiya, M., Benard, V.B., et al. (2014). Impact of the National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program on Cervical Cancer Mortality Among Uninsured Low-Income Women in the U.S., 1991-2007. American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 47 (3):300-308.
Khavjou, O.A., Honeycutt, A.A., Hoerger, T.J., Trogdon, J.G., & Cash, A.J. (2014). Collecting Costs of Community Prevention Programs: Communities Putting Prevention to Work Initiative. American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 47 (2):160-165.
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  • Health Economics
  • Health Promotion Economics
  • Competitive Bidding
  • Preventive Medicine