Research Interests: Health Economics, Economic Evaluation, Health Services Utilization, Competency-Based Education
Courses: Fundamentals of Economics and Finance; Economic Evaluation; Health Economics; Health Economics and Policy; Public Health Issues in Emergency Management; Economic Evaluation, Health Economics and Policy, Analytical Methods for Health Management
Education History: PhD, Economics, Washington University in St. Louis
SLU faculty since: 1984
Kathleen N. Gillespie, PhD is Associate Professor of Health Management & Policy. A health economist, her major interests are economic evaluation, competency-based education, and health services utilization.
She is a co-author of the book Evidence-Based Public Health, and teaches courses that help students acquire and assess evidence: principles of biostatistics, economic evaluation, and applied regression methods. Her research has a similar quantitative focus. For example, she is working with colleagues in the department to assess our use of a set of 60 key competencies for health management education. Are student self-assessments reliable? Consistent? Do they show improvement over time?
She has also worked with colleagues from Saint Louis University and Washington University to determine the cost-effectiveness of the use of gowns and gloves to prevent the spread of infectious disease in hospital intensive care units. This research is especially important in light of the increasing development of antibiotic-resistant infections. Dr. Gillespie serves on the Scientific Review Committee of the International Health Economics Association and is a member of the American Society of Health Economists.