Dr Dan Howdon

Dr Dan Howdon


I am a Senior Research Fellow in the Academic Unit of Health Economics within Leeds Institute of Health Sciences. I joined AUHE in May 2018 after two years as a Postdoc in Health Economics at the University of Groningen. Prior to this, I held various teaching and research fellow positions at University College London and the University of York.

I am also an honorary researcher with both Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust and Bradford Teaching Hospitals Foundation NHS Trust and deliver teaching as part of the University of York’s distance learning programme in health economics.


  • Lead, Applied Health Econometrics Group
  • Joint (with Adam Martin) lead, Learning & Teaching
  • Co-lead for ENQUIRE-RESS-3 Integrated Core Unit, Year 3.

Research interests

I am currently involved with several funded projects, including:

  • ALABAMA: investigating the effect of penicillin allergy status on antibiotic prescribing, patient outcomes, and antimicrobial resistance.
  • Evaluating the impact of a staffing change on outcomes in care homes.
  • eFI+: the use of frailty indices in informing interventions to prevent adverse health outcomes in frail populations.
  • ROSETA: evaluation of four behavioural interventions to support medication adherence in women with early stage (I-III) breast cancer
  • WE SURE CAN: evaluation of a diet replacement intervention to support women with stage II-III breast cancer

I am also involved in a number of other research projects, including examining the prediction of prognosis in advanced incurable cancer using EQ-5D components, the impact of unmodelled heterogeneity in economic evaluation, the relationship between inequality in the distribution of loneliness and inequality in the distribution of health outcomes, and the relevance of the degree of budgetary impact in determining relevant decision rules in economic evaluation.


  • PhD Economics -- University of York (2014)
  • MSc Health Economics -- University of York (2010)
  • BA Economics & Politics -- Durham University (2008)

Student education

I teach health economics as part of various undergraduate and postgraduate modules & am available for PhD supervision.

Current PhD students:

  • Amwaj Abugamza (Impacts of COVID-19 on labour market outcomes)

  • Huahan Yang

Research groups and institutes

  • Leeds Institute of Health Sciences
  • Applied Health Econometrics Group
  • Health economics
  • Academic Unit of Health Economics

Current postgraduate researchers

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