Adeyemi Okunogbe

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Assistant Policy Analyst
Santa Monica Office


M.D., Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria; M.S. in international health policy & management, Brandeis University


Adeyemi Okunogbe is a doctoral candidate at the Pardee RAND Graduate School and an assistant policy analyst at RAND. He holds an M.D. from Obafemi Awolowo University in Nigeria, where he practiced as a physician in both the public and private health sectors.

Seeking policy solutions to systemic problems of failing health systems that he observed during his medical practice, he enrolled at the Heller School for Social Policy, Brandeis University and graduated with a M.S. in international health policy and management. He has conducted research at the Heller School's Institute of Global Health and Development, evaluating public health interventions and health financing mechanisms in developing countries such as Kenya, Mozambique and Belize. He also worked as a research analyst for the World Bank's Caribbean Results Based Financing (RBF) program, where he reviewed the Dominican health system and identified feasible areas for piloting an RBF approach in the country.

At RAND, Okunogbe has contributed to survey instrument development and data analysis for evaluating the Veteran Affairs (VA) Women's Health Patient Aligned Care Teams project and the Patient Aligned Care Teams Intensive Management Evaluation.

He also played a lead role on the RAND team that developed a systematic policy analysis tool for capturing and communicating progress over the course of an emergency response, using the 2014 Ebola Outbreak as an illustrative example. His research interests include global health, health care financing, health economics, health care program/impact evaluation, and population health.

Selected Publications

Bowser D. M., Figueroa R., Natiq L, Okunogbe A., "A preliminary assessment of financial stability, efficiency, health systems and health outcomes using performance-based contracts in Belize," Global Public Health, 2013


  • Trainee health workers preparing to don protective suits at a World Health Organization training session in Freetown September 30, 2014

    What the Ebola Crisis Taught Us About Emergency Preparedness in Africa

    The 2014 Ebola outbreak was the most severe of its kind. At the height of the crisis, 800 to 1,000 new cases were reported per week in Africa across the three most heavily affected countries. As of last week, there were only 12 confirmed cases. What must be done to prevent and mitigate future crises of this nature?

    Jun 4, 2015 The RAND Blog

  • Woman attends a health education session in northern Nigeria

    Insurance and Incentives: A Dual Approach to Try to Improve Maternal Health in Nigeria

    Less than 5% of Nigerians have insurance; two-thirds of all health care costs are paid out of pocket. When people must pay out of pocket for health care at the point of service, this restricts access, excludes the poorest and most vulnerable, and leads to delays in patients seeking help.

    Jun 10, 2014 The RAND Blog

  • African mother and baby

    Maternal Deaths: Turning the Tide in a Nigerian State

    Bold and innovative approaches are being developed in different parts of the African continent in the quest to reduce maternal mortality. A noteworthy example of this is the Abiye Safe Motherhood program in Ondo State, Nigeria.

    Apr 16, 2014 The RAND Blog