David B. Rein, Ph.D., is a Program Area Director overseeing Public Health Analytics in NORC's Public Health department. He specializes in health economics and outcomes research with a particular focus on burden of disease studies and cost-effectiveness simulations. Rein has developed content expertise in the areas of the epidemiology of vision-threatening diseases, viral hepatitis, and vaccination policy. Rein is currently the project director for the BEST-C Hepatitis C Prospective Screening Intervention Evaluation for the CDC’s Division of Viral Hepatitis and is the Principal Investigator of a grant exploring the impact of population differences on visual health screening outcomes for the National Eye Institute, a member institute of the NIH.
Prior to joining NORC, Rein worked as a Research Economist for Research Triangle Institute(RTI) International in the Public Health Economics Program. While there, Rein directed projects and grants for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), World Health Organization (WHO), National Institutes of Health (NIH), Health Resources and Services Admnistration (HRSA), and the Gates Foundation. He was the Project Director of the CDC School Located Vaccination Evaluation (SoLVE) study, a $4.5 million, 2.5 year effort to evaluate influenza vaccination in schools. Dr. Rein started his career in Public Health as an Oak Ridge Institute in Science and Engineering (ORISE) Fellow at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Rein is an author of more than 30 publications and book chapters in journals such as The Lancet, Health Services Research, and The American Journal of Public Health. His work evaluating the cost-effectiveness of expanding childhood vaccination against hepatitis A published in Pediatrics was used by the U.S. Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices in their decision to recommend vaccination against hepatitis A nationwide. He has presented internationally on health economics topics in the Argentina, Canada, Germany, and South Korea, in addition to numerous presentations in the United States.
David B. Rein is a Principal Investigator for the National Institutes of Health, received an Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality Grant for Health Services Dissertation Research. He serves as a Consulting Editor to Evaluation Review. While in graduate school, Rein was awarded the Faculty Award presented by the faculty of the School of Public Policy to the top 2003 Ph.D. student in public policy at the Georgia Institute of Technology, as well as the William H. Read Award given to the top 1999 Ph.D. student in public policy in the Joint Program in Public Policy awarded by the Georgia Institute of Technology and Georgia State University.