PROF Philip Clarke



  • Professor Philip Clarke joined the Melbourne School of Population and Global Health, University of Melbourne in February 2012 as the Chair in Health Economics. Previously, Prof Clarke was the A/Prof at the Sydney School of Public Health. Prof Clarke previously spent six years engaged in health economic research at the University of Oxford. His research in Oxford focused on the economic analysis of the United Kingdom Prospective Diabetes Study (UKPDS) – a landmark trial of policies to improve the management of people with Type 2 diabetes.

    His health economic research interests include developing methods to value the benefits of improving access to health care, health inequalities and the use of simulation models in health economic evaluation. He has also undertaken policy relevant research for the World Bank, OECD, AusAID and DoHA. 

    He has over 80 peered review publications and has recently contributed to books on cost-effectiveness analysis and cost-benefit analysis published by Oxford University Press.



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Additional Grant Information

  • Prof Clarke has had a consistent track record in obtaining and leading internationally and nationally competitive research funding (including 4  NHMRC project grants as CIA and a NHMRC Senior Research Fellowship. He has also received international research funding from the United States (NIH R01 Grant), English NIHR grants; and a visiting fellowship from the Swedish Research Council. All of which have provided funds for his research team in Australia.   


Education and training

  • PhD, The Australian National University 1999
  • MEc, University of Sydney 1993
  • BEc, The University of Newcastle 1990

Awards and honors

  • Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia, 2015
  • NHMRC Fellowship, 2014


Available for supervision

  • Y

Supervision Statement

  • Prof Clarke works on a broad range of health economics research mainly focused on economics of chronic disease. This has involved development of computer simulation models to quantify outcomes as well as applications such as the evaluation of therapies for treating diabetes. He has also undertaken both theoretical and empirical research to measure health inequalities. He has an interest in supervising students that have an interest in undertaking health economic focused research that is related to his research interests. As a primary supervisor he is interested in supervising students with a strong quantitative background that have an undergraduate degree with a major in economics, or postgraduate training in health economics. Due to the volume of inquiries he is not able to always respond to emails.