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Dr. Dr. Jan-Walter De Neve


Group Leader Education and Health


Jan-Walter De Neve MD ScD MPH is Research Group Leader for Education and Health at the Heidelberg Institute of Public Health. His work focuses on three areas of research: (i) the relationship between schooling and health, (ii) the causal impacts of interventions on population health, economic, social and behavioral outcomes, and (iii) the improvement of health systems in global health. Current research interests include health spillovers of human capital investment, the scale up of secondary schooling as an HIV prevention intervention, and community health initiatives in sub-Saharan Africa. Prior to his graduate training at Harvard University, Dr. De Neve worked as the international medical services coordinator at a Johns Hopkins affiliated-hospital in Istanbul and co-founded an NGO focused on improving health conditions in low-resource settings. He holds an Sc.D. and M.P.H. degree from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and an M.D. degree from the University of Brussels.


2017 Doctor of Science (ScD) in Global Health and Population Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Harvard University, USA
2014 Master in Public Health (MPH) in Global Health Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Harvard University, USA
2009 Medical Doctor (MD), Faculty of Medicine University of Brussels, Belgium.


De Neve JW, Fink G (2018). Children's education and parental old age survival - Quasi-experimental evidence on the intergenerational effects of human capital investment. Journal of Health Economics ; 58:76-89.

De Neve JW, Garrison-Desany H, Andrews KA, Sharara N, Boudreaux C, Gill R, Geldsetzer P, Vaikath M, Bärnighausen T, Bossert TJ (2017). Harmonization of community health worker programs for HIV: a four-country qualitative study in Southern Africa. PLOS Medicine; 14(8): e1002374.

Subramanian SV, De Neve JW (2017). Structural Adjustment and the Social Determinants of Health. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences; 20;114(25):6421-6423.

De Neve JW, Harling G (2017). Offspring schooling associated with increased parental survival in rural KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Social Science & Medicine; 176; 149-157.

De Neve JW, Subramanian SV (2017). Causal effect of parental schooling on early childhood undernutrition—quasi-experimental evidence from Zimbabwe. American Journal of Epidemiology; doi: 10.1093/aje/kwx195.

De Neve JW, Kawachi I (2017). Spillovers between siblings and from offspring to parents are understudied: a review and future directions for research. Social Science & Medicine; 183:56-61.

Geldsetzer P, Vaikath M, De Neve JW, Bossert TJ, Sibandze S, Mkhwanazi M, Bärnighausen T (2017). Distrusting community health workers with confidential health information: A convergent mixed-methods study in Swaziland. Health Policy and Planning; doi:10.1093/heapol/czx036.

Geldsetzer P, Vaikath M, De Neve JW, Bossert T, Sibandzeb S, Bärnighausen T (2017). Household coverage of Swaziland’s national community health worker program: Evidence from a population-based survey. Tropical Medicine & International Health; doi: 10.1111/tmi.12904.

De Neve JW, Boudreaux C, Gill R, Geldsetzer P, Vaikath M, Bärnighausen T, Bossert TJ (2017). Harmonizing community-based health worker programs for HIV: a narrative review and analytic framework. Human Resources for Health; 3;15(1):45.

De Neve JW, Fink G, Subramanian SV, Moyo S, Bor J (2015). Length of secondary schooling and risk of HIV infection in Botswana: evidence from a natural experiment. Lancet Global Health; 3(8):e470-7.


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