Professor Tracy Roberts PhD, MPhil(Econ), BSc(Econ)(Hons) RGN

Professor Tracy Roberts

Institute of Applied Health Research
Professor of Health Economics
Director of the Institute of Applied Health Research

Contact details

Murray Learning Centre
Institute of Applied Health Research
College of Medical and Dental Sciences
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Tracy Roberts is Director of Institute of Applied Health Research, College of Medical and Dental Sciences, Professor of Health Economics and Head of the Health Economics Unit. In addition to these roles at the University of Birmingham, Tracy is an Honorary Professor of Health Economics at the University of Keele.

Tracy has specific research interests in the area of economic evaluation and is particularly interested in testing and screening programmes. Clinical areas of interest include sexual health, obstetrics and gynaecology, women’s health and breast cancer. She is also interested in outcome valuation for use in economic evaluation in these clinical specialties with particular interest in the utilities and dis-utilities of screening and overdiagnosis.

Tracy has a wide range of applied research publications in these areas and has been a successful health economic applicant to both the Medical Research Council (MRC) and the National Coordinating Centre for Health Technology Assessment (NCCHTA) on numerous grant applications. 


  • PhD in Health Economics, 2008
  • MPhil(Oxon) in Economics, 1992
  • BSc (Hons) Economics, 1990
  • Registered General Nurse, 1987


Tracy joined the Health Economics Unit (HEU) in January 1998 as a Lecturer in Health Economics, having previously worked in health economics research at the University of Oxford. She studied Economics at University College London and subsequently Wolfson College, Oxford and completed her PhD as a member of staff in Birmingham. Prior to her career in health economics, her career path includes a year in a commodities consultancy and three years as energy economist, both in Oxford. She is also a qualified Nurse. Tracy’s main research interests are in the area of economic evaluation in sexual and women’s health. Tracy has published widely in these areas and has been a successful applicant to both the MRC and NCCHTA on a wide range of major research projects.

In February 2009 Tracy was appointed Professor of Health Economics.

Tracy has been active in teaching throughout her time in the Birmingham and in 2008 she assumed the role of Director of Teaching and Director of the MSc programme, only relinquishing the role to take on the role of Head of Unit in January 2012. 


Postgraduate supervision

Tracy is interested in supervising doctoral research students in the following areas:

  • Measurement and valuation of healthcare benefits/outcomes
  • Economic issues related to sexual, perinatal and women’s health
  • Disutilities and overdiagnosis in screening

 Current PhD Students:

If you are interested in studying any of these subject areas please contact Tracy directly, or 
for any general doctoral research enquiries, please email


Research themes 

  • Health Economics
  • Economic Evaluation
  • Temporary health states and valuation of outcomes in areas where valuation is challenging: sexually transmitted disease; women’s reproductive and general health
  • Disutilities and overdiagnosis in screening programmes
  • Model based economic evaluation
  • Systematic reviews 

Research activity 

Tracy’s current research activity research is concerned with exploring outcomes in clinical areas where valuation is challenging, such as sexually transmitted diseases where the outcomes may be considered temporary for example and also in areas of women’s reproductive health. She is also exploring the utilities and disutility imposed by overdiagnosis in screening programmes. She is interested developing the methodology of economic evaluation to ensure that the benefits of healthcare interventions are more fully captured. 

Tracy is involved in leading a wide range of applied economic evaluations many of which are in the areas of sexual health and women’s reproductive health and breast cancer. She has collaborated and is the lead health economist on a wide range of grant-funded projects in these areas.

Other activities

  • 2015 - present: Panel member of HEE/NIHR Integrated Clinical Academic (ICA) Programme Clinical Doctoral Research Fellowship Scheme Review Panel 
  • 2014: Panel member and lead reviewer for the Evaluation Panel for the Welsh Economics Support Service (WHESS)  
  • 2008 - present: NIHR Programme grant Core Methodologist Group as Health Economist (NIHR Programme Grants for Applied Research Programme)


  1. Chu Justin J, Devall Adam J, Beeson Leanne E, Hardy Pollyanna, Cheed Versha, Sun Yongzhong, Roberts, Tracy E , Ogwulu C Okeke, Williams Eleanor, Jones Laura L, …….& Arri Coomarasamy Mifepristone and misoprostol versus misoprostol alone for the management of missed miscarriage (MifeMiso): a randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial. The Lancet August 2020. : DOI:
  2. Coomarasamy A, Harb HM, Devall AJ, Cheed V, Roberts TE, Goranitis I, et al. Progesterone to prevent miscarriage in women with early pregnancy bleeding: the PRISM RCT. Health Technol Assess 2020;24(33)
  3. Abdali, ZI, Roberts TE, Baron P, Hawkey P. Economic evaluation of Faecal microbiota transplantation compared to antibiotics for the treatment of recurrent Clostridioides difficile infection(2020). EClinicalMedicine, Volume 24, 100420  
  4. Monahan M, Jowett S, Pinkney T, Brocklehurst P,  Morton DG, Abdali Z, Roberts TE. Surgical site infection and costs in low- and middle-income countries: A systematic review of the economic burden Published: June 4, 2020
  5. Tahir W, Monahan M, Dorling …………and Roberts TE Economic evaluation alongside the Speed of Increasing milk Feeds Trial (SIFT) Archives of Disease in Childhood - Fetal and Neonatal Edition Published Online First: 02 April 2020. doi: 10.1136/archdischild-2019-318346
  6. Ogwulu CB, Goranitis I, Devall AJ, Cheed V, Gallos ID, Middleton LJ, Harb HM, Williams HM, Eapen A, Daniels JP……….. Coomarasamy A, Roberts TE. The cost‐effectiveness of progesterone in preventing miscarriages in women with early pregnancy bleeding: an economic evaluation based on the PRISM Trial. BJOG 2020;
  7. Coomarasamy A. Devall, A . Brosens JJ,  ….including Roberts TE…… Gallos ID.   Micronized vaginal progesterone to prevent miscarriage: a critical evaluation of randomized evidence. Am J Obstet Gynecol 2020.
  8. Clarke JL, Ingram J, Johnson D, Thomson G, Trickey H, Dombrowski SU, Sitch A, Dykes F, Feltham M, MacArthur C, Roberts TE, Hoddinott P Jolly K .The ABA intervention for improving breastfeeding initiation and continuation: Feasibility study results. Matern Child Nutr. 2020 Jan;16(1):e12907. doi: 10.1111/mcn.12907. Epub 2019 Dec 2.
  9. HL Bromley, GB Mann, D Petrie, C Nickson, D Rea, TE Roberts. Valuing preferences for treating screen detected ductal carcinoma in situ. European Journal of Cancer (2019) 123, 130-137
  10. Dorling J, Abbott J,  Berrington J, Bosiak B, Bowler U, Boyle E,  Embleton N,  Hewer O, Johnson S, Juszczak E, Leaf A, Linsell L, McCormick K, McGuire W, Omar O, Partlett C, Patel M, Roberts TE, Stenson B, Townend J. Controlled trial of two incremental milk-feeding rates in preterm infants New England Journal of Medicine 381 (15), 1434-1443

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