About the UCB-UCSF Center for Global Health Delivery, Diplomacy & Economics

World-class network of leaders and researchers committed to implementation science, diplomacy, and global health.

The UCB-UCSF CGHDDE is an implementation science and diplomacy consortium. It was formed in 2015 by Drs. Stefano Bertozzi and Eric Goosby under the premise that our campuses will make a bigger impact on global health together than apart. It is a platform of faculty, researchers, and experts from across many UC Berkeley and UC San Francisco centers, departments, and Units  committed to synergistic efforts to improve global health through Delivery, Diplomacy, and Economics.

We are both a real life platform and virtual hub connecting UCB and UCSF strengths with governments, research institutions, and other organizations in the global health sector to catalyze and transform global health policy, systems and services. We aim to improve the implementation of existing programs and help leaders around the world better design, manage, and govern contextually appropriate health programs, systems, and policies.

We solve global health implementation problems in rigorous, interdisciplinary ways.

We achieve this primarily by studying the means by which effective interventions are defined and implemented in various contexts, and drawing on the lessons learned through our research and work. As health moves beyond the purely technical to become an ever more critical element in foreign policy, security policy and trade agreements, CGHDDE also provides invaluable expertise to inform program implementation, policy discourse and global health (GH) finance.

For each lens, we bring tremendous technical expertise, rigorous research and evaluation experience, and leadership to drive evidence-based systemic change. We are capable through our network of  organizations to provide technical assistance and counsel on surveillance, monitoring & evaluation, health informatics, health and research workforce development, implementation science, digital innovations, human centered design, data strengthening, innovations and improvements in research and health service delivery, and more.

Depending on the unique needs of each project, agreement, grant, or intervention, we focus on implementation science--bridging evidence to action, with a focus on local capacity building and sustainability.

We leverage an unparalleled network of local and global partners.

To every collaboration, we bring to the table a wide network of global partners and funders who are equipped to work with the leaders of healthcare systems and Ministries of Health, as well as other Government entities, to identify specific areas of work to which the methodologies of implementation research can be applied. This approach provides support for existing national strategies while introducing a culture of data-driven decision-making.  See our global partners here: partners page

We balance evidence and action to help countries improve health systems and policy.

The unique, world-class UC partnerships can be called upon to:

  • Catalyze large-scale research collaborations around health systems strengthening, health service delivery, and health sector reform in resource-poor settings requiring multidisciplinary approaches (e.g., public health, clinical science, implementation, data science, policy and management).
  • Provide subject expertise and consultation to government ministries and in-country partners with regards to health care financing and economics, and the effectiveness and cost of health interventions.
  • Participate in global health activities and negotiations with country governments to support foreign policy to shape and manage global policy environment for health, including International Health Regulation and multinational agreements.
  • Offer a deep bench of research leadership, evaluation capacity, and technical expertise (e.g., research design, policy and economic analysis, evaluation, implementation) that is rigorous and evidence-based across a comprehensive range of global health issues.
  • Leverage unparalleled expertise and experience to develop innovative training and educational tools and programs that aim to capacitate a global health workforce, including state of the art training on health economics, implementation science, diplomacy and governance.  
  • Support innovative initiatives that require the expertise and knowledge to develop open-source knowledge networks, health management information systems, and data platforms
  • Conduct program design and implementation, rigorous evaluations, and policy analysis activities to support evidence-based decision making and program implementation, with a particular focus on supporting partner governments anticipate and respond to the changing landscape of donor financing for health. 
  • Design and evaluate interventions based on the tripartite principles of user-centered design, behavioral economics, and implementation science.


Health Economics
Health Policy
Training & Capacity Building
Implementation Science

Stefano Bertozzi

Dr. Stefano M. Bertozzi is dean emeritus and professor of health policy and management at the UC Berkeley School of Public Health. Previously, he directed the HIV and tuberculosis programs at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Dr. Bertozzi worked at the Mexican National Institute of Public Health as director of its Center for Evaluation Research and Surveys. He was the last director of the WHO Global Programme on AIDS and has also held positions with UNAIDS, the World Bank, and the government of the DRC.

Health Policy

Eric Goosby

Dr. Eric Goosby is an internationally recognized expert on infectious diseases who has participated in program and policy development at the highest levels of government. He was the founding director of the Ryan White CARE Act in 1991 and subsequently served in the Clinton Administration to expand the program considerably.  As Global AIDS Coordinator under President Barack Obama, he was responsible for implementing the President's emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR).

Health Economics
Health Policy

Jim Kahn

James G. Kahn, MD, MPH is professor in the Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies, Global Health Sciences (GHS), and the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at UCSF. He is the founder and director of the UCSF Global Health Economics Consortium (GHECon). Dr. Kahn is an expert in cost-effectiveness analysis and associated methods of decision analysis, systematic review, meta-analysis, and costing.