Dr Jesse Kigozi

Research Fellow in Health Economics

Health Economics


Contact details

Health Economics Unit
School of Health and Population Sciences
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT


Jesse Kigozi is a Research Fellow at the Health Economics Unit, University of Birmingham and is an Honorary Research Fellow at the Arthritis Research UK Primary Care Centre at Keele University.

He is a keen researcher in issues such as economic evaluation in the area of musculoskeletal disease, resource use data collection methods, and assessing productivity costs within economic evaluations.

He has published in journals such as The European Journal of Health Economics and SPINE.

He completed a PhD entitled "Economic of Back Pain” at the University of Birmingham.


  • PhD in Health Economics, University of Birmingham, 2014
  • MSc in Health Economics and Health Policy, University of Birmingham, 2006
  • BSc Statistics, Makerere University, 2004


Before joining the Health Economics Unit, Jesse qualified with a Bsc (Hons) in Statistics from Makerere University, Uganda. He went on to work in data management for a clinical research center (JCRC) In Uganda.

In 2006, Jesse obtained an MSc in Health Economics and Health Policy from the University of Birmingham. He then worked in monitoring and evaluation and economic evaluation roles within various projects in developing countries.

In 2010, Jesse joined the Health Economics Unit, University of Birmingham as a Doctoral Researcher. His research exploring the Economics of Low Back Pain was funded by Arthritis Research UK Primary Care Centre, Keele University and the University of Birmingham.

Jesse took up his current role as a Research Fellow within the University of Birmingham in 2013 after his doctoral research. Jesse currently works in collaboration with the Arthritis Research UK Primary Care Centre at Keele University on a number of trial based studies within musculoskeletal disease. He also works on methods for assessing productivity costs within economic evaluation following on from his doctoral research.


  • Health Economics and Health Policy (MSc/Diploma)
  • Economics (Bsc)

Postgraduate supervision

Jesse is involved in supervision of MSc dissertation projects.


Jesse’s research currently involves health economics research alongside studies undertaken by the Arthritis research UK at Keele University. This forms part of the ongoing collaboration between the health economics unit and Keele University. The studies that he is currently working on include: Benefits of Effective Exercise for knee Pain (BEEP), Evaluating Acupuncture and Standard care for pregnant womEn with BACK pain (EASE BACK), Primary care Osteoarthritis Screening Trial (POST) and Stratified Care for Patients with Sciatica and Suspected Sciatica in Primary Care (SCOPiC).

He is also involved in methodological work assessing productivity costs in economic evaluations and comparing alternative sources of resource data collection (healthcare and work-related) using GP records and self-report.

As part of his doctoral research, he was also involved in exploring alternative methods of assessing productivity loss and their application within economic evaluation in the UK. He explored methodological approaches of applying the Friction Cost Approach within the UK in assessing work related absenteeism and presenteeism.

Other activities

Jesse is a member of:

•           HESG (Health Economists' Study Group)

•           Uganda Monitoring and Evaluation association


Kigozi J, Lewis M, Jowett S, Barton P, Coast J. (2014). Construct Validity and Responsiveness of the Single-Item Presenteeism Question in patients With Lower-Back Pain for the Measurement of Presenteeism. Spine.39 (5): 409-416

Kigozi J, Jowett S, Lewis M, Barton P, Coast J. (2014).Estimating productivity costs using the Friction Cost Approach in practice: A systematic review. European Journal of Health Economics. DOI: 10.1007/s10198-014-0652-y (In press).

Medina Lara A, Kigozi J, Amurwon J, Muchabaiwa L, Nyanzi Wakaholi B, et al. (2012) Cost Effectiveness Analysis of Clinically Driven versus Routine Laboratory Monitoring of Antiretroviral Therapy in Uganda and Zimbabwe. PLoS ONE 7(4): e33672. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0033672.

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