Corso Awarded 2014 Creative Research Medal

Phaedra Corso. Photo by Dot Paul.

Phaedra Corso. Photo by Dot Paul.

Dr. Phaedra Corso, professor of health policy and management, was awarded one of five 2014 Creative Research Medals at the University of Georgia’s 35th annual Research Awards Banquet on April 10.

Sponsored by the nonprofit University of Georgia Research Foundation, the Research Awards banquet recognizes the outstanding bodies of work that have gained broad recognition across many disciplines. Creative Research Medals are awarded for outstanding research or creative activity within the past five years that focuses on a single theme identified with the University of Georgia.

Dr. Corso , who also holds the UGA Foundation Professorship in Human Health, has been a pioneer in the application of economic evaluation methods to inform policy making in public health. Economic evaluation refers to applied analytic tools used to systematically assess the impact of policies, programs and practices on costs and health outcomes. Increasingly, governmental funding sources require, in addition to efficacy and effectiveness data, economic evaluations of programs to justify allocation of resources to providers. Despite their value, the field of public health is in the nascent stages of fully incorporating economic evaluations into their mainstream research.

Dr. Corso has helped to remedy this neglect by developing fundamental primers on how to conduct economic evaluations, leading national and international trainings on economic evaluation and applying the tools of economic evaluation to public health interventions in the state and across the country. She is expanding her application of economic evaluation to new areas of public health that impact vulnerable populations, including substance abuse and obesity.

Prior to joining the UGA faculty in 2006, she worked for 15 years at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as an economic and policy analyst, most recently in the area of injury and violence prevention. In January, Dr. Corso rejoined the CDC as a senior policy analyst in the agency’s Policy Research, Analysis, and Development Office, which spearheads and coordinates much of the policy efforts conducted at CDC’s Atlanta locations.

Dr. Corso holds a Master of Public Administration in public policy from UGA and a doctoral degree in health policy from Harvard University.

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Posted April 11, 2014.