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Thomas J. Hoerger

Senior Fellow, Health Economics and Financing


PhD, Economics, Northwestern University

MA, Economics, Northwestern University

BA, Economics, Carleton College

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.

Get To Know Thomas Hoerger

Outside of working at RTI, Dr. Hoerger is an avid runner and skier. He also enjoys solving jigsaw puzzles, reading novels, and watching Ted Lasso. He shared a book that everyone should read and his first job working in health economics. 

The last great book I read was “Lessons in Chemistry” by Bonnie Garmus. It features a pioneering (but disrespected) woman researcher, her precocious daughter, and the best-developed canine character in literature.

My first job in health economics was a summer internship with the American Medical Association. My girlfriend (now wife) interviewed for a full-time position there and suggested I apply for an internship. Health economics meshed well with my graduate school studies in industrial economics, and that helped start my career.

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