Head of Unit
Prof. Günther Fink is Associate Professor of Epidemiology and Household Economics at the University of Basel as well as head of the Household Economics and Health Systems Research Unit at the Swiss TPH. He holds a Ph.D. in economics from Bocconi University in Milan, Italy, as well as a Master’s in applied economics from the University of Michigan. Dr. Fink’s work focuses on developing and evaluating new and innovative approaches to improving health systems globally, with a particular focus on child health and child development in developing countries. He has worked on evaluations of national and community-based health insurance initiatives in Ghana and Burkina Faso, community-based health workers programs in Nigeria, and large-scale private and public sector initiatives to reduce the burden of malaria in Angola, Namibia, Uganda and Zambia. He is currently the PI of the Zambia Early Childhood Development Project as well as the Sao Paulo Western Region Project, two longitudinal studies exploring the long-term effects of early life adversity. He is currently also working on a range of cluster-randomized trials in Brazil, Ghana, Mozambique and South Africa aiming at improving health and developmental outcomes among children under age 5.