Dr Jesse Kigozi

Dr Jesse Kigozi

Institute of Applied Health Research
Associate Professor in Health Economics

Contact details

Health Economics Unit
IOEM Building
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Jesse Kigozi is an Associate Professor in the Health Economics Unit (HEU), University of Birmingham and an Honorary Research Fellow at the Arthritis Research UK Primary Care Centre at Keele University.  He is an experienced researcher in applied research concerning trial-based evaluations particularly in the area of musculoskeletal disease. Jesse is the health economist on health economics research studies undertaken by the Arthritis Research UK Primary Care Centre at Keele University, as part of a formal collaboration between the HEU and Keele.

Jesse’s research portfolio also includes research centred on assessing and including productivity costs within economic evaluations; and the evaluation of workplace interventions directed at improving the health of work.

He has published a number of applied economic evaluations and methodological research in journals such as Health Economics, European Journal of Health Economics, Pain, PLoS medicine among others.

Jesse teaches health economics, particularly economic evaluation costing and analysis methodology, statistics, and healthcare financing and equity, to students on the HEU’s Msc in Health Economics and Health Policy and Health Economics and Econometrics programmes. 


  • 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 and the evaluation of workplace interventions directed at improving the health of workers.


Jesse is the Assistant Director of Teaching for the Masters in Health Economics and Health Policy and Health Economics and Econometrics and the Health Economics module lead for the Msc in Health Economics and Econometrics.

He also teaches on the:

Postgraduate supervision

Jesse is willing to supervise doctoral research students in the following areas:

  • Evaluative research (effectiveness and cost-effectiveness analysis)
  • Measurement and valuation of productivity costs
  • Evaluation of workplace interventions

Doctoral students:

Dawit Zemedikun (Topic: Exploring, quantifying and updating estimates of the economic burden of back pain in the UK using routine data) – Ongoing


Research themes

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. Previous studies which have been published have included: Benefits of Effective Exercise for knee Pain (BEEP), STepping up the Evidence for Musculoskeletal Services (STEMS), Evaluating Acupuncture and Standard care for pregnant womEn with BACK pain (EASE BACK), Primary care Osteoarthritis Screening Trial (POST), the Assessment and Treatment of Leg pain Associated with the Spine (ATLAS) cohort study and the primary care management of work-related issues in back pain patients (the SWAP trial). The SWAP study has been used to develop the MSK Return on investment tool and as part of Public Health England guidance on productive healthy ageing and musculoskeletal health.

Ongoing research includes: Long term analysis of the Benefits of Effective Exercise for knee Pain (BEEP) study, Validity and responsiveness of the EQ-5D-5L in patients with anxiety and depression from the POST trial, 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. A paper reporting friction period estimates for the UK has been published in the Health Economics journal.

Other activities

Jesse is a member of:

  • HESG (Health Economists' Study Group)
  • ARUK/MRC Musculoskeletal Pain and Work Centre collaboration Keele University/ Southampton


Kigozi J, Jowett S, Lewis M, Mallen C, and the POST study team. Cost-utility Analysis of Routine Anxiety and Depression Screening in Patients Consulting for Osteoarthritis: results from the POST Trial. Arthritis Care & Research. 2018 Apr 2. doi: 10.1002/acr.23568. [Epub ahead of print].

 Kigozi J, Jowett S, Nicholls E, Tooth S, Hay EM, Foster N and the BEEP trial team. Cost-utility Analysis of Interventions to Improve Effectiveness of Exercise Therapy for Adults with Knee Osteoarthritis: Results from a Pragmatic Randomised Controlled Trial (BEEP trial). Rheumatology Advances in Practice (In press).

 Wynne-Jones G, Artus M, Bishop A, Lawton SA, Lewis M, Jowett S, Kigozi J, Main C, Sowden G, Wathall S, Burton K, van der Windt D, Hay EM, Foster NE and the SWAP study team (2018). Clinical and Cost-effectiveness of a vocational advice service to improve work outcomes in patients with musculoskeletal pain in primary care: A cluster Randomised Trial (SWAP Trial). Pain.159 (1):128-138. doi: 10.1097/j.pain.0000000000001075.

 Kigozi J; Barton P; Lewis M; Jowett S; Coast J. (2017). Productivity Cost Calculations Using the Friction Cost Approach: Friction Period Estimates for the United Kingdom. Health Economics. 26 (12): 1862-1868.

 Nadine F, Konstantinou K, Lewis M, Ogollah R, Dunn K, van der Windt D, Beardmore R, Artus M, Bartlam B, Hill J, Jowett S, Kigozi J, Mallen C, Saunders B, Hay EM (2017). The clinical and cost-effectiveness of stratified care for patients with sciatica: the SCOPiC randomised controlled trial protocol. BMC Musculoskeletal Disorder. 18: 172.

Mallen CM, Nicholl BI, Lewis M, Bartlam B, Green D, Jowett S, Kigozi J, Belcher J, Clarkson K, Lingard Z, Pope C, Chew-Graham C, Croft P, Hay EM, Peat G. The effects of implementing a point-of-care electronic template to prompt routine anxiety and depression case-finding in patients consulting for osteoarthritis (the POST trial): a cluster randomised trial in primary care. PLOS Medicine (In press)

Kigozi J, Jowett S, Lewis M, Barton P, Coast J.The Estimation and Inclusion of Presenteeism costs in Applied Economic Evaluation: A systematic review. Value in Health. DOI: 10.1016/j.jval.2016.12.006. (In press).

Bishop A, Ogollah R, Jowett S, Kigozi J, Tooth S, Protheroe J, Hay EM, Salisbury C, Foster NE and the STEMS study team. The STEMS pilot trial: A pilot cluster randomised controlled trial to investigate the addition of patient direct access to physiotherapy to usual GP-led primary care for adults with musculoskeletal pain. BMJ Open (In press).

Bishop, A., Ogollah, R., Bartlam, B., Barlas, P., Holden, M. A., Ismail, K., Jowett, S., Lewis, M., Lloyd, A., Kettle, C., Kigozi, J. & Foster, N. E. 3 Nov 2016 In: Pilot and Feasibility Studies. Evaluating Acupuncture and Standard care for pregnant womEn with BACK pain: The EASE Back pilot randomised controlled trial. Pilot and Feasibility Studies (2016) 2:72

Foster NE, Bishop A, Bartlam B, Ogollah R, Barlas P, Holden M, Ismail K, Jowett S, Kettle C, Kigozi J, Lewis M, Lloyd A, Waterfield J, Young J. Evaluating Acupuncture and Standard carE for pregnant women with Back pain (EASE Back): a feasibility study and pilot randomised trial (2016). Health technology assessment. 20 (33):1-236. doi: 10.3310/hta20330.

Kigozi J, Jowett S, Lewis M, Barton P, Coast J (2016). Estimating productivity costs using the friction cost approach in practice: a systematic review. The European Journal of Health Economics 17 (1), 31-44.

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.

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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