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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

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, Advance Online Publication .
Barbosa, C., Smith, E.A., Hoerger, T.J., Fenlon, N., Schillie, S.F., Bradley, C., et al. (2014). Cost-effectiveness Analysis of the National Perinatal Hepatitis B Prevention Program. Pediatrics, 133 (2):243-253.
Honeycutt, A.A., Segel, J.E., Zhuo, X., Hoerger, T.J., Imai, K., & Williams, D. (2013). Medical costs of CKD in the Medicare population. Journal of the American Society of Nephrology, 24 (9):1478-1483.
Hoerger, T.J., Schillie, S., Wittenborn, J.S., Bradley, C.L., Zhou, F., Byrd, K., et al. (2013). Cost-Effectiveness of Hepatitis B Vaccination in Adults With Diagnosed Diabetes. Diabetes Care, 36 (1):63-69.
Wittenborn, J.S., Zhang, X.Z., Feagan, C.W., Crouse, W.L., Shrestha, S., Kemper, A.R., Hoerger, T.J., et al. (2013). The Economic Burden of Vision Loss and Eye Disorders among the United States Population Younger than 40 Years. Ophthalmology, 120 (9):1728-1735.
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