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 an assistant policy analyst at RAND and a Ph.D. candidate at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. 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 challenges due to failing health systems, which he observed during his medical practice, he enrolled at the Heller School for Social Policy, Brandeis University, and graduated with an M.S. in international health policy and management. While there, he worked with faculty members at the Institute of Global Health and Development (IGHD) on research projects that include 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. His research interests include global health; health care financing; health economics; health care program/impact evaluation; population health; and governance and nation building in the developing world.

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


  • 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