Christopher Cadham is a Decision Scientist and Ph.D. candidate in Health Services Organization and Policy at the University of Michigan School of Public Health. Chris’ doctoral research is grounded in the idea that when appraising health care interventions, it is critical to consider what the public perceives as good value.
In his dissertation, Chris seeks to advance methods for incorporating national preferences for the equitable allocation of health resources in the United States and Canada into methods for economic evaluation. He will conduct a series of choice experiments in Canada and the U.S., asking respondents to make a series of choices between health care programs that target different groups to understand what people consider fair outcomes. The survey results will be used to develop quantitative weights that reflect national for improving health equity. This project will demonstrate how stated preference research can complement novel methods of cost-effectiveness analysis to improve resource allocation and policymaking by promoting population preferences.
He holds a Bachelor of Arts from McGill University and a Master of Public Health from Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health. Beyond his dissertation, Chris’ research focuses on three main areas: cancer prevention and control, tobacco control, and decision sciences. His work on the effects of removing menthol in cigarettes informed federal policy in the U.S. His research is supported by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (DFD – 187708) and the PhRMA Foundation (AWD024330).