Elizabeth Ekirapa Kiracho is a Ugandan Female medical doctor who holds two masters degrees in public health and Health Economics MPH (HE), as well as a doctorate in health systems research from Trinity College Dublin. She has worked at the Makerere University School of Public Health for close to twelve years where she has headed the Department of Health Policy Planning and Management (HPPM) for 4 years. Prior to this she worked at a rural hospital in Uganda.
Her exposure to a rural hospital enabled her to understand the context in which health services in Rural Africa are delivered. She has gained vast experience in managing, conducting, and analyzing health related research in a variety of fields. She has specific training and expertise in key research areas that include health systems, health financing, performance based financing, costing, economic evaluation, maternal and newborn health. Furthermore she has been the principal investigator in several research projects that seek to better understand and influence implementation processes while demonstrating their impact on maternal and neonatal health in a robust way, based on integrated and realistic strategies that rely on local institutions and contexts and reasonable cost base.
Her academic responsibilities at the School of Public Health include lecturing undergraduate and postgraduate students in the field of health economics, health policy and health systems research and management. In addition she is also an active mentor and supervisor to undergraduate, postgraduate and PHD students.