Christian Suharlim

Postdoctoral Research and Teaching Fellow
Harvard School of Public Health
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Christian Suharlim, MD, MPH is a postdoctoral research and teaching fellow at the Center for Health Decision Science. His research at the center includes investigating cost-effectiveness of DOT-HAART for HIV patients in Lima, Peru, and evaluating the use of cost-effectiveness analysis across countries. He serves as a teaching fellow for decision analysis courses: RDS 280 (Fall) and RDS 286 (Summer). Additionally, since 2013 he has been working in collaboration with Universitas Andalas to implement MDR-TB diagnosis improvement in West Sumatera, Indonesia.


Dr. Suharlim is also leading a non-profit initiative to conduct research and implement improvements in various aspects of Indonesian healthcare system. His current interests include improving public policy with the use of cost-effectiveness analysis and the dissemination of information through the media; strengthening public health programs especially in the areas of infectious disease and access to water and sanitation; and improving access to good quality primary care for the socio-economically disadvantaged.


Prior to HSPH, Dr. Suharlim practiced medicine at a community health center in the rural area of Panguragan, Indonesia. He gained a deeper understanding of Indonesia’s healthcare system during his work as an officer in the Ministry of Health in 2012, where he co-authored eight national guidelines, and was a member of POKJA BPJS, the ministerial task force in charge of designing referral system for SJSN, Indonesia’s single payer system launched in 2014. Dr. Suharlim also served as a research manager at Reiki & Ling-Chi Foundation, Indonesia; where he evaluated the effectiveness of the Reiki method of alternative healing.