Grépin, Karen

Associate Professor

Division of Health Economics, Policy and Management

  • Ph.D. (Harvard), S.M. (Harvard), B.Sc. (McGill)

Karen A. Grépin was appointed as an Associate Professor at the School of Public Health at the University of Hong Kong in 2020.  Previously, she was the Canada Research Chair in Global Health Policy and Evaluation at Wilfrid Laurier University and an Assistant Professor of Global Health Policy at New York University. She has a Ph.D. in Health Policy (economics) from Harvard University, an S.M. in Health Policy and Management from the Harvard School of Public Health, and a B.Sc. in Immunology from McGill University in Canada.

Dr. Grépin's research focuses on institutional factors affecting the demand and supply of health services, the politics and effectiveness of development assistance for health, and the role of routine health information systems in strengthening health systems. Her research has been published in leading medical and public health journals.

Dr. Grépin is recruiting qualified graduate and undergraduate students with interests in conducting research at the intersection of economics and health systems and health policy issues globally.  She can be followed on Twitter at @KarenGrepin.

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Selected Publications
  1. Hung, YW, Hoxha, K, Irwin, BR, Law, MR, Grépin, KA. (2020) “Using Routine Health Information Data for Research in Low- and Middle-Income Countries: A Systematic Review.”BMC Health Services Research, 20: 790.
  2. Hung, Y, Law, Michael, Cheng, L, Abramowitz, S, Alcayna-Stevens, L, Lurton, G, Mayaka, S, Olekhnovitch, R, Kyomba, G, Ruton, H, Ramazani, S, Grépin, KA. (2020) “Impact of a free care policy on the utilisation of health services during an Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo: an interrupted time-series analysis.” BMJ: Global Health, 5: e002119.
  3. Zhu, Y, Fu, K-W, Grépin, KA, Liang, H, Fung, IC-H. (2020) “Limited early warnings and public attention to COVID-19 in China, January-February, 2020: a longitudinal cohort of randomly sampled Weibo users.” Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness, 1:4.
  4. Grépin, KA, Irwin, BR, Sas Trakinsky, B, (2020) “On the measurement of financial protection: An assessment of the usefulness of the Catastrophic Health Expenditure indicator to monitor progress towards Universal Health Coverage.” Health Systems & Reform, 6:1.
  5. Grépin, KA, Poirier, MJP, Fox, A. (2020) “The socio-economic distribution of exposure to the Ebola outbreak: household survey evidence from Liberia and Sierra Leone.”SSM: Population Health: 10: 100472. (No. of citations: 0)
  6. Morgan, R, Lundine, J, Irwin, BR, Grépin, KA. (2019) “Gendered Geography: A Decomposition of Lancet Global Health Authors.” Lancet Global Health: 7(12): PE1619-E1620. (Impact factor: 15.873(2018); No. of citations: 0; Ranking: 1 of 186 in Public, Environmental & Occupational Health)
  7. Dieleman, JL, Cowling, K, Agyepong, IA, Alkenbrack, S, Bollyky, TJ, Bump, JB, Chen, CS, Grépin, KA, Haakenstad, A, Harle, AC, Kates, J, Lavado, RF, Micah, AE, Ottersen, T, Tandon, A, Tsakalos, G, Wu, J, Zhao, Y, Zlavog, BS, Murray, CJL. (2019) “The G20 and development assistance for health: historic trends and critical questions to inform a new era.” The Lancet, 394(10193):173-183. (Impact factor: 59.102 (2018); No. of citations: 2; Ranking: 2 of 160 in Medicine, General & Internal)
  8. Grépin, KA, Habyarimana, J, Jack, WJ. (2019) “Cash on delivery: Results of a randomized mobile phone experiment to promote maternal health care in Kenya.” Journal of Health Economics, 65: 15-30. (Impact factor: 3.352 (2018); No. of citations: 1; Ranking: 20 of 98 in Health Care Sciences & Services)
  9. Ruton, H, Musabyimana, A, Gaju, E, Berhe, A, Grépin, KA, Ngenzi, J, Nzabonimana, E, Law, M. (2018) “The Impact of an mHealth Tracking System on Health Care Utilization by Mothers and Children in Rwanda Using Routine Health Information.” Health Policy and Planning, 33(8): 920-927. (Impact factor: 2.717 (2018); No. of citations: 1; Ranking: 30 of 90 in Health Care Sciences & Services)
  10. Grépin, KA, Pinkstaff, CB, Hole, AR, Henderson, K, Norheim, OF, Røttigen, JA, Ottersen, T. (2018) “Allocating external financing for health: a discrete choice experiment of stakeholder preferences.” Health Policy & Planning, 33: i24-i30. (Impact factor: 2.717 (2018); No. of citations: 2; Ranking: 30 of 90 in Health Care Sciences & Services)
  11. Sinharoy, SS, Schmidt, W-S, Wendt, R, Mfura, L, Crosset, E, Grépin, KA, Jack, W, Ngabo Rwabufigir, Habyarimana, Clasen, T. (2017) “Effect of community health clubs on child diarrhoea in western Rwanda: cluster-randomised controlled trial.” Lancet Global Health, 5: e699-709. (Impact factor: 15.873 (2018); No. of citations: 6; Ranking: 1 of 186 in Public, Environmental & Occupational Health)
  12. Grépin, KA. (2016) “Private Sector An Important But Not Dominant Provider of Key Health Services in Low and Middle Income Countries.” Health Affairs, 35(7): 1214-1221. (Impact factor: 5.711(2018); No. of citations: 6; Ranking: 3 of 98 in Health Care Sciences and Services)
  13. Grépin, KA, Bharadwaj, P.  (2015) “Maternal Education and Child Mortality in Zimbabwe.” Journal of Health Economics, 44: 97-117. (Impact factor: 3.352 (2018); No. of citations: 43; Ranking: 20 of 98 in Health Care Sciences & Services)
  14. Grépin, KA. (2015) “International donations to the Ebola virus outbreak: too little, too late?” BMJ, 350: h376. (Impact factor: 27.604 (2018); No. of citations: 22; Ranking: 5 of 160, Q1 in Medicine, General & Internal)