Sue Jowett qualified with a BSc (Hons) in Geography from the University of Bristol in 1993 and went on to complete an MSc in Applied Meteorology and Climatology at the University of Birmingham in 1995. On gaining her MSc, she had a complete change of discipline and joined the Department of Primary Care and General Practice (now Primary Care Clinical Sciences) at the University of Birmingham in 1995 as a Research Associate and became a Research Fellow in 2001.

In 2004 she moved to the Health Economics Unit at Birmingham, where she continues to work. During her time within the Unit she studied for a PhD in Health Economics which she gained in 2007. In early 2010 she was appointed to a Senior Lecturer position to lead the health economics research within studies undertaken by the Arthritis Research UK Primary Care Centre at Keele University, as part of a formal collaboration between the Health Economics Unit and Keele. The role is based in Birmingham, but with regular visits to the Keele campus.

Research and scholarship

Sue’s research expertise lies in the broad area of economic evaluation, both alongside clinical trials and using decision modelling. Much of her applied health economics research to date has been undertaken with Primary Care Clinical Sciences within the College of Medical and Dental Sciences at the University of Birmingham, where she has worked in the clinical areas of cardiovascular disease prevention, venous thromboembolism and COPD, and is a successful co-applicant on programme grants in all three areas.

Her change in role to oversee Keele’s health economics research has meant a change of clinical condition although still within the broad area of management of chronic disease within primary care. At Keele, she oversees the health economics aspects in over ten trials and cohort studies, and is the lead health economist on research grant applications. She is developing methodological research with Keele in areas such as measurement of productivity costs, data collection on resource use and modelling of interventions within musculoskeletal disease.


MBChB 3rd year Quantitative Research Methods

MBA (Health Executive)/Diploma in Health Services Management: Health Economics and Management module

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