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ALEKSANDRA TORBICA

ALEKSANDRA TORBICA
Associate Professor
Department of Social and Political Sciences

Courses a.y. 2023/2024

10482 HEALTH ECONOMICS
10911 ECONOMIC EVALUATION OF HEALTH CARE PROGRAMMES
20514 PUBLIC ACCOUNTING AND PERFORMANCE MANAGEMENT
20574 REGULATION AND ECONOMICS OF HEALTHCARE INDUSTRY
30152 PUBLIC MANAGEMENT
30508 PUBLIC ECONOMICS
41025 GLOBAL HEALTH AND DEVELOPMENT
41029 HEALTH AND SOCIETY

Courses previous a.y.

I have extensive teaching record at all levels: undergraduate, graduate, master and executive courses on a variety of subjects close to my research area. The key distinctive feature of all my courses is that I always couple theoretical knowledge with practical examples taken from my research and real life. Fundamental paradigms and principles are followed by concrete case studies and examples aimed at helping the students understanding the actual value and relevance of what they’re learning.


Biographical note

I am an Associate Professor at the Department of Social and Political Sciences. 

Since 2017 to 2022 I was the Director of Centre for Research for Health and Social Care Management (CERGAS) at Bocconi University, Milan, Italy. In 2020, I was elected a President of Italian Health Economics Association (AIES) and in 2022 President-Elect of the European Health Economics Association. In 2022-2021, I served as a Special Advisor to the Chair of Pan European Commission on Health and Sustainable Development endorsed by the WHO. I hold the MSc degree in Health Economics, Management and Policy from Bocconi University and PhD in Economics and Management of Public Organizations from University of Parma.


About

As trained researcher interested in health and healthcare, I am driven by passion to generate knowledge to create tangible social impacts. I am motivated by desire to contribute, to give, to reconcile divisions. I believe that creating bridges between different disciplines and methodologies is the only way to understand complex phenomena.  I am a mother of two,  mountain lover, passionate about skiing, hiking, ashtanga yoga, travel and good food.  


Research interests

My research interests are found on the intersection between three disciplines applied to health and healthcare: policy, economics and management. I am interested in exploring different methodologies stemming from these disciplines to investigate how economic evaluation analysis can influence and shape decision-making processes at macro (policy) and micro (management) levels in different contexts. My research interests revolve around: (i) the use and impact of Health Technology Assessment (HTA) on decision making in healthcare and (ii) methodological issues in estimating outcomes and costs of healthcare technologies/programs/services; (iii) governance of healthcare systems and (iv) evaluation of health policy and programs Over the past few years, I have become increasingly interested in exploring new research avenues in the arena of global public health, and more specifically conducting policy-relevant research in low- and middle-income countries.


Selected Publications

Monti, Mario; Torbica, Aleksandra; Mossialos, Elias; Mckee, Martin
A new strategy for health and sustainable development in the light of the COVID-19 pandemic
THE LANCET, 398(10305):1029-1031, 2021

Pongiglione, Benedetta; Torbica, Aleksandra; Blommestein, Hedwig; De Groot, Saskia; Ciani ,oriana; Walker, Sarah; Dams, Florian; Blankart, Rudolf; Mollenkamp, Meilin; Kovács, Sándor; Tarricone, Rosanna; Drummond, Michael
Do existing real-world data sources generate suitable evidence for the HTA of medical devices in Europe? Mapping and critical appraisal
INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF TECHNOLOGY ASSESSMENT IN HEALTH CARE, 37(1): e62, 2021

Pongiglione, Benedetta; Torbica, Aleksandra; Gal, Chris P; Tavazzi, Luigi; Vardas, Panos; Maggioni, Aldo P.
Patient, hospital and country-level risk factors of all-cause mortality among patients with chronic heart failure: prospective international cohort study
PLOS ONE, 16(5): e0250931, 2021

Wang, Yuxi; Ghislandi, Simone; Torbica, Aleksandra
Investigating the geographic disparity in quality of care: the case of hospital readmission after acute myocardial infarction in Italy
THE EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF HEALTH ECONOMICS, 21(8):1149-1168, 2020

Torbica, Aleksandra; Fornaro, Giulia; Tarricone, Rosanna; Drummond, Michael
Do social values and institutional context shape the use of economic evaluation in reimbursement decisions? An empirical analysis
VALUE IN HEALTH, vol. 23, no. 1, pp. 17-24, 2020

De Allegri, Manuela; Makwero, Chris; Torbica, Aleksandra
At what cost is performance-based financing implemented? Novel evidence from Malawi
HEALTH POLICY AND PLANNING, 24(4), pp. 282-288, 2019