Research Areas

IHME focuses on four areas of research to help better understand the world’s major health problems, how well society is addressing these problems, and how best to dedicate resources to get the maximum benefit for improved population health. Only by looking at all four areas concurrently are we able to piece together a thorough understanding of the world’s health and the path to improved health.

Measuring Health

To better understand the current state of population health, IHME provides rigorous, comparable, and current scientific measurement of trends in diseases, injuries, risk factors, and death, analyzing data across countries and over time. Decision-makers need to know what is making people sick in order to design appropriate prevention programs and to best target the delivery of drugs, vaccines, and other interventions. 

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Tracking Performance

We assess the impact of policies and interventions as well as overall health system performance to understand the progress being made in health. We also analyze health financing by studying development assistance for health, government health spending, private health expenditures, and the costs of services, including hospitals and community health clinics.

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Maximizing Impact

IHME provides decision-makers with timely, comparable, and forward-looking information to inform choices about policies and funding – especially in countries with scarce resources. We measure health disparities among different groups and identify challenges to delivering health care. We also estimate the cost effectiveness of health programs and analyze constraints on scaling up interventions.

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Innovative Measurement Systems

We develop new analytical methods and computer software to remove barriers that prevent the detailed analysis of health trends. These innovative approaches allow us to harness the value from existing health data by correcting for errors and filling in gaps in the data. We use existing patterns in the data to arrive at local estimates of key national-level indicators. To improve the quality of the data collected, we create and disseminate new surveys, survey techniques, and health information systems that can be adapted to an array of settings.

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