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Sheila Leatherman, MSW

Sheila Leatherman, MSW

Department of Health Policy and Management

Sheila Leatherman conducts research and policy analysis internationally focusing on quality of care, health systems reform, methodologies for evaluating the performance of health care systems, and integrating microfinance and community health interventions for poverty reduction.

She was elected to the U.S. National Academy of Sciences in 2002 as a member of the Institute of Medicine and an Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians (2006).

In 2007, she was awarded the honour of Commander of the British Empire (CBE) by Queen Elizabeth for her work in the National Health Service.

She works with multiple low, middle and upper income countries advising and assisting in the development of national quality agendas. She is the Lead Advisor for a WHO project on National Quality Policy & Strategy (NQPS) providing support to countries on the development and refinement of national quality policies and strategies.

Research Activities

  • International health policy
  • Health systems performance
  • Quality measurement and improvement
  • Integrating microfinance with community health programs
  • Evaluation of health and well-being in refugee settlements


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