Professor of Global Health, Boston University School of Public Health
Veronika J. Wirtz, BPharm, MSc, PhD, FISFE, is a professor of Global Health at the Boston University School of Public Health, where she is also the Director of the World Health Organization Collaborating Center in Pharmaceutical Policy.
Veronika’s research focuses on health system strengthening and programme evaluations of medicines access and utilization. Her interest and expertise include the role of the private sector in promoting equitable access and efficient use of medicines in low-and middle-income countries, medicine price analysis, generic medicines policies, and access to medicines for non-communicable diseases. Between 2014 and 2016, she was the Co-Chair of The Lancet Commission on Essential Medicine Policies which published its report Essential Medicines for Universal Health Coverage in Fall 2016.
Veronika has worked as a technical advisor for various international organizations, among them the World Health Organization (WHO), the Pan American Health Organization, the World Bank, the InterAmerican Development Bank (IDB), the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and WHO Alliance for Health Systems and Policy Research.
She is a visiting professor of the National Institute of Public Health (INSP), Mexico, where she was a faculty member between 2005 and 2012.
Veronika received her training as a pharmacist from Albert-Ludwigs-University in Freiburg, Germany and her Master of Science degree in Clinical Pharmacy and her doctorate degree in Pharmaceutical Policy from the University of London, UK.