Phaedra S. Corso

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UGA Foundation Professor of Human Health and Director of the Economic Evaluation Research Group (EERG)

100 Foster Road
Wright Hall Office 316
Athens, GA 30602

Educational Background: 
Ph.D., Health Policy, Harvard University
M.P.A., Public Policy, University of Georgia
Area of Specialty: 
Research Interests: 
  • Economic evaluation of public health interventions
  • Quality of life assessment for vulnerable populations
  • Evaluating preferences for health risks
  • Violence, injury, childhood obesity and substance use prevention


Professional Affiliations: 
Selected Publications: 

Haddix AC, Teutsch SM, Corso PS (Eds.). Prevention Effectiveness: A Guide to Decision Analysis and Economic Evaluation, second edition.  New York: Oxford University Press, 2003.

Finkelstein EA, Corso PS, Miller TR.  The Incidence and Economic Burden of Injuries in the United States. New York: Oxford University Press, 2006. Corso PS, Fang X, Mercy J. The benefits of preventing a child maltreatment death: Evidence from willingness to pay survey data. American Journal of Public Health. 2011;101(3):487–490.

Fertig A, Corso P, Balasubramaniam D. Benefits and costs of a free community-based primary care clinic. Journal of Health and Human Services Administration, 2012;34(4):456–470.Corso PS, Fang X, Begle A, Dumas J. Predictors of engagement in a parenting intervention designed to prevent child maltreatment. Western Journal of Emergency Medicine. 2010;11(3):235­–241.

Corso P, Fertig A. The economic impact of child maltreatment in the United States: Are the estimates credible? Child Abuse & Neglect, in press 2010.

Corso P, Filene J. Programmatic cost analysis of the Family Connections program. Protecting Children. 2009;24(3):77-87.

Corso P, Edwards V, Fang X, Mercy J. Health-related quality of life in adults who experienced maltreatment during childhood. American Journal of Public Health. 2008;98(6):1094–1100.

Fang X, Corso P. Gender differences in the connections between violence experienced as a child and perpetration of intimate partner violence in young adulthood. Journal of Family Violence. 2008;71(3):284–303.

Rothman E, Corso P. Propensity for intimate partner abuse and workplace productivity: Why employers should care about changing the behavior of men who batter. Violence and Women. 2008;14(9):1054–1065.

Corso PS, Mercy JA, Simon TR, Finkelstein EA, and Miller TR. Medical costs and productivity losses due to interpersonal and self-directed violence in the United States. American Journal of Preventive Medicine. 2007;32(6):474–482.

Fang X, Corso P. Child maltreatment, youth violence, and intimate partner violence: a developmental trajectory. American Journal of Preventive Medicine. 2007;33(4):281–290.

Prosser L, Corso P. Measuring preference-based quality of life for child maltreatment. Health and Quality of Life Outcomes. 2007;5(42):1-10 (accessed from

Corso PS. Prevention just in case or treatment just because: Measuring societal preferences. Harvard Health Policy Review, 2006;7(2):32–41.

Parmer JE, Corso PS, Ballesteros MF. A cost analysis of a smoke alarm installation and fire safety education program. Journal of Safety Research 2006;37:367–373.

Corso PS, Finkelstein EA, Miller TR. The incidence and costs of injuries. Injury Prevention 2006;12:212–218.

Stephens JA, Corso PS, Finkelstein EA, Miller TR. The costs of fatal and nonfatal falls among older adults. Injury Prevention 2006;12:290–295.

Corso PS, Lutzker JM. The need for economic analysis in child maltreatment prevention research. Child Abuse & Neglect 2006;30:727–738.

Arias I, Corso PS. Average cost per person victimized by an intimate partner of the opposite gender: A comparison of men and women. Violence and Victims 2005;20(4):379–391.

Stevens JA, Corso PS, Finkelstein EA, Miller TR. News and Notes: CDC economic analysis of fall-related injuries among older adults. Injury Prevention 2005;11(5):275.

Corso PS, Grosse S, Finkelstein E. The skinny on COI analysis. Obesity Research 2004; 12(7):1189.

Finkelstein E, Corso P. Cost-of-illness analyses for policy making: a cautionary tale of use and misuse . Expert Review of Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research. 2003;3(4):367–9.

Corso PS, Kramer MH, Blair KA, Addiss DG, Davis JP, Haddix AC. Cost of illness in the 1993 waterborne Cryptosporidium outbreak, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Emerging Infectious Diseases. 2003;9(4):426–31.

Corso PS, Thacker SB, Koplan JP. The value of prevention: experiences of a public health agency. Medical Decision Making. 2002;22(5):S11-S15.

Corso PS, Hammitt JK, Graham JD, Dicker RC, and Goldie SM. Assessing preferences for prevention versus treatment using willingness to pay. Medical Decision Making. 2002;22(5):S92-S100.

Corso PS, Hammitt JK, Berg GD. Attitudes toward uncertain longevity under expected utility and cumulative prospect theories. Abstract in Medical Decision Making. 2001;6:543.

Corso PS, Hammitt JK, and Graham JD. Valuing mortality-risk reduction: using visual aids to improve the validity of contingent valuation. Journal of Risk and Uncertainty. 2001;23(2):165-184.

Courses Taught: 

HPAM 7600: Intro to Health Policy & Management
HPAM 8400: Advanced Topics in Health Policy
HPAM 8850: Economic Evaluation in Public Health