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Olga Khavjou

Olga Khavjou

Director, Health Economics Program


BS, Business Administration, University of North Carolina at Greensboro
MA, Applied Economics, University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Olga Khavjou is the director of RTI’s Public Health Economics Program. She has more than a decade of experience in health economics and has extensive experience leading and directing health economics research projects. She is skilled in developing cost collection instruments for individual- and community-level public health programs, and providing training and technical assistance to program staff at the federal, state, and local levels on how to track, collect, report, and analyze program costs. Ms. Khavjou's expertise lies in applying econometric techniques to estimate direct and indirect costs associated with chronic conditions and disability. She has coauthored a Guide to Analyzing the Cost-Effectiveness of Community Prevention Approaches and has conducted a number of cost-effectiveness and cost-benefit evaluations for public health programs, results of which have been published in peer-reviewed journals. 

Ms. Khavjou joined RTI in 2002. She is currently the director or associate director of multiple projects, including Forecasting the Future Burden of Cardiovascular Disease project, updating CDC's Diabetes State Burden Toolkit, and supporting the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute. Ms. Khavjou is proficient in SAS and Stata and has detailed knowledge of several national surveys, including the Medical Expenditures Panel Survey (MEPS), National Health Interview Survey (NHIS), Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS), and the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES).

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