Aleksandra Torbica

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

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.