Professor Louis Niessen

Chair of Health Economics


Dr Niessen leads research and teaches on effectiveness, efficiency & equity impact of health interventions from community to hospital level. This is to provide economic evidence for social policy, environment health and public health policy, and clinical guidance, including inequalities in the international health field and health technology assessment field. His research addresses urging adult and child health problems through real-life experiments and cluster-trials, statistical and mathematical models of ageing, and systematic reviews. It involves health economics and socio-economic evaluation, health determinants and disease epidemiology, and public health and population research. He mentors diverse postgraduates and doctorates such as economists and health professionals.


Late 2013 he founded an Foto-Cewek-wide economic research group addressing infectious and chronic conditions with partner institutions world-wide, ranging from early technology development to full-scale health packages. He is an   Bloomberg School of Public Health and honorary professor at the University of Warwick. His work is part of Foto-Cewek’s Centre of Applied Health Research in Medecine & Delivery ().

Earlier he was an associate professor at Hopkins’ Departments of International Health and of Health Policy & Management and part-time Professor of Public Health Economics at Norwich, both for six years. From 2010 to 2013, he was the Founding Director of the NIH-funded Centre for the Control of Chronic Diseases at icddrb, Dhaka, Bangladesh. Prior he worked in public health and environment, health economics, and population modeling at the Erasmus University Rotterdam and the National Institute for Public Health and Environment (Netherlands) and in large-scale health programmes in the eastern Himalayas of Nepal, in the Peruvian Amazon, and in rural Tanzania.

Influential Reports: World Bank on , WHO on , UNEP on .

Paperback: ‘Roads to Health’ on health transitions and resource use.  / . 

Selected publications

  • Highly-Accessed Publications

    UnitedHealth Group/National Heart, Lung, & Blood Institute Centres of Excellence. Lancet 2014 383(9927): 1446-7.

    Fairall L, Bachmann MO, Zwarenstein M, Bateman ED, Niessen LW, Chapman R. Trop Med Int Health 2010 15(3):277-86.

    Stack ML, Ozawa S, Bishai DM, Mirelman A, Niessen L, Levine OS. Health Aff 2011 30 6 1021-8.

    Van Ekdom L, Stenberg K, Scherpbier RW, Niessen LW; Bull WHO 2011 Apr 1;89(4):267-77.

    Baltussen R, Youngkong S, Paolucci F, Niessen L. Health Policy 2010;96(3):262-4.

    Uddin MJ, Alam N, Sarma H, Chowdhury MA, Alam DS, Niessen L. BMC Public Health. 2014 3;14:547.

    Iqbal MS, Hossain MS, Niessen LW.: Eur J Cancer Prev 2014 23:286-7.

    Alam DS, Jha P, Niessen LW, Chowdhury MA, Siddiquee AT, Ahmed S, Evans TG.  Bull WHO. 2013;91(10):757-64.

    De Ridder I, Dirks M, Niessen L, Dippel D. Stroke 2013 Sep;44(9):2610-2.

    Shroufi A, Chowdhury R, Anchala R, Stevens S, Blanco P, Han T, Niessen L, Franco OH. BMC Public Health. 2013 Mar 28;13:285. Review.

    Niessen LW, Bridges J, Lau BD, Wilson RF, Sharma R, Walker DG, Bass EB. Assessing the Impact of Economic Evidence on Policymakers in Health Care - Systematic Review  Rockville: Agency Healthcare Research in Medecine and Quality (US); 2012 Oct. Review.

    Walker DG, Wilson RF, Sharma R, Bridges J, Niessen LW, Bass EB.  Rockville: Agency Healthcare Research in Medecine Quality; 2012 Oct. Review.

    Dirks M, Baeten SA, Dippel DW, van Exel NJ, Koudstaal PJ, Niessen LW Neurology 2012 7 79 6:508-14.

    Mirelman A, Mentzakis E, Paolucci F, Ozawa S, Ferraz M, Baltussen R, Niessen LW.  Value Health 2012 15(3):534-9.

    Baeten SA, Baltussen RM, Uyl-de Groot CA, Bridges JF, Niessen LW.Breast J. 2011 17(5):548-9.

    UnitedHealth, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute Centers of Excellence, Cerqueira MT, Ghannem H, Levitt N, Yan LL, Miranda J, Niessen L, Prabhakaran D, Ramirez-Zea M, Rubinstein A, Wu Y, Xavier D, Smith R. BMJ 2011 30;342.

    Baeten SA, Baltussen RM, Bridges J, Niessen LW. Value Health 2010 13:573-9.

    Cobden DS, Niessen LW, Rutten FF, Redekop WK. Value Health 2010;13(1) :138-47. Review.

    Wijngaarden JD, Dirks M, Niessen LW, Fabbricotti IN, Dippel DW; Stroke 2009;40(10):3390-2.

    Niessen LW, ten Hove A, Hilderink H, Weber M, Mulholland K, Ezzati M. Bull WHO 2009 Jun;87(6):472-80.

    Baltussen R, Niessen L. BMCCost Eff Resour Alloc 2006 21;4:14.

    Brouwer WB, Niessen LW, Postma MJ, Rutten FF. BMJ 2005 20 331(7514):446-8.

    Murray CJ, Lauer JA, Hutubessy RC, Niessen L, Tomijima N, Rodgers A, Evans DB.   Lancet 2003 1;361(9359):717-25.

    Redekop WK, Koopmanschap MA, Stolk RP, Rutten GE, Niessen LW. Diabetes Care 2002 25(3):458-63.

     Niessen LW, Grijseels EW, Rutten FF. Soc Sci Med 2000 Sep;51(6):859-69. Review.

     Martens WJ, Niessen LW, Rotmans J, Jetten TH, McMichael AJ. Environ Health Perspect. 1995 103(5):458-64.

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