Department of Public Health
About Us

Ricardo Basurto-Dávila, Ph.D. M.S.

Health Economist

Ricardo is a Health Economist and he currently leads the Policy Analysis Unit. He received a PhD in Policy Analysis from the F.S. Pardee RAND Graduate School, an MS in Economics from the University of Texas in Austin, and a B.A. in Economics from Tec de Monterrey in Mexico.

Katherine Butler, M.P.H.

Health Impact Assessment Analyst

Katie is an Environmental Epidemiologist currently managing health impact assessment projects. She collaborates with other programs and offices in DPH, as well as external stakeholders, to evaluate potential health consequences of policy decisions in other sectors, such as education, criminal justice and parks and recreation. She received her BS in Environmental Sciences with a minor in Latin American Studies from the University of Notre Dame, and her Masters in Public Health with an emphasis in Occupational and Environmental Epidemiology from the University of Michigan.

Irene Vidyanti, Ph.D.


Irene is a Scientist/Modeler. She received her BA/MEng/MA(Cantab) in Information and Computer Engineering at Cambridge University and a PhD in Industrial and Systems Engineering from the University of Southern California. Her role in the Unit is to build or adapt simulation/decision models and to develop methodological approaches to assist in our analyses, evaluations, and health impact assessments. Her work is crucial in developing a more complete understanding of the short- and long-term impact of policies and programs that affect population health

Deena Pourshaban, M.P.H.

Epidemiology Analyst

Deena Pourshaban, is an Epidemiology Analyst. She received her Master’s degree in Public Health from the University of Southern California, with a specialization in Biostatistics/Epidemiology, and her BS degree in Human Biology from the University of California at San Diego. Her role in the Unit is to provide quantitative analysis support to our public health economics projects (cost-effectiveness and cost benefit analyses), to assist in the execution of health impact assessments, and to collaborate in our efforts to summarize and disseminate the findings of our studies.

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