Dr Yihan Xu

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Dr Yihan Xu

Yihan is a senior health economist at HEU, who is passionate about exploring and delivering smart solutions that improve public health without burning a hole in the NHS’s pocket. She has extensive experience in examining and synthesising scientific data to inform and improve the delivery of government services in public health and education. Most recently, she collaborated on a project that enhanced the UK government’s COVID-19 response. She has worked for a range of clients including the Department of Health and Social Care, the NHS, the Education Endowment Foundation, and the Ministry of Defence.

During her PhD at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, Yihan helped people to make improved health and financial decisions. Before that, she conducted epidemiological research during her Masters at Pompeu Fabra University, Barcelona. Her research into public health has appeared in several publications, including the Lancet, the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, and the Cochrane Database of Systematic Review.

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Our specialist services

This is a small selection of all the solutions we can provide.

Evidence generation

Understanding whether new care pathways and interventions are effective, efficient, and deliver value for money

Population health management

Using allocative efficiency techniques and population health analytics to improve value and deliver the best care possible

Advanced analytics

Using advanced techniques in machine learning, data science and casual inference to understand the biggest questions in health


Sharing our vast knowledge to develop NHS capability through training, research design advice and quality assurance