PhD (Economics), Georgia State University, GA, 2017
Global health, health economics, non-communicable diseases, healthcare financing, socioeconomic determinants of health, health disparity.
Dr. Biplab Datta joined Augusta University in 2020 as Assistant Professor in the Institute of Public and Preventive Health and in the Department of Population Health Sciences. He also have a joint appoint in the Hull College of Business. Prior joining the Augusta University he served as a Prevention Effectiveness Fellow Economist at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Dr. Datta’s research explores the niche areas in the junction of public health and economics. His works broadly cover the socioeconomic, demographic, and behavioral determinants and risk factors of non-communicable diseases (NCDs); the socioeconomic burden of NCD health conditions and associated treatment costs; access and affordability of NCD related healthcare; and health system preparedness for managing NCDs.
He has particular interest in investigating the impacts of certain disease conditions on individual/household’s economic decision making. His research generates evidence on how NCD treatment costs are associated with household resource allocation, consumption displacements, poverty and impoverishment. His works also examine disparities in health risks such as tobacco-use and heterogeneous impact of health policies across socioeconomic groups. He has a special interest in investigating the role of psychosocial factors such as household environment and life course events such as adolescent childbearing in hypertension and other disease outcomes. The far reaching goals of his research are to facilitate strategic interventions for NCD prevention and control, and strengthening the health systems for effective management of both infectious and non-infectious diseases.