Tara Templin is a first year Health Policy PhD student specializing in Health Economics. Tara obtained her BA in Economics and Mathematics from Columbia University and her MS in Statistics from Stanford University. Prior to Stanford, Tara was a research fellow at the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, working on health expenditure forecasts, tracking development assistance for health, and studying the effects of the epidemiological and demographic transitions in low- and middle-income countries. Her other previous research experience includes studying results-based financing mechanisms at the Center for Global Development and portfolio allocation modalities for the Global Fund. She hopes to apply her background to work studying the allocation and effectiveness of government expenditure and development assistance for health, as well as demand and supply side barriers to health care.
A new study led by Stanford Health Policy's Tara Templin and the Council on Foreign Relations suggests that a better way to measure the role of democracy in public health is to examine the causes of adult mortality, such as noncommunicable diseases, HIV, cardiovascular disease and transportation injuries. Little international assistance targets these noncommunicable diseases.
As global health assistance for developing countries dwindles, a Stanford student working on her PhD in health policy has developed a novel formula to help donors make more informed decisions about where their dollars should go.