Lorens Helmchen

Lorens Helmchen

Lorens Helmchen


Associate Professor

Full-time Faculty

School: Milken Institute School of Public Health

Department: Health Policy and Management


Office Phone: 202-994-3816
Milken Institute School of Public Health 950 New Hampshire Avenue, NW, Office: 604 Washington DC 20052

Lorens A. Helmchen, PhD, is an Associate Professor of Health Policy and Management in the Milken Institute School of Public Health at The George Washington University.

Dr. Helmchen builds and teaches courses on health economics, statistical methods, and predictive analytics in the School's online and residential Master of Health Administration and Master of Public Health programs. In 2019-2020, he was a Fellow of the School's Master Teacher Academy.

Dr. Helmchen applies microeconomic theory and econometric methods to study innovation in provider payment, health insurance benefit design, the measurement of physician performance, and personalized medicine.

Dr. Helmchen’s research has been published in the field’s leading scientific journals and featured on National Public Radio, in the New York Times, and Bloomberg BusinessWeek. He serves as an ad-hoc reviewer for numerous scientific journals, book publishers, and grant-making institutions, as well as an Associate Editor of the International Journal of Health Economics and Management. He has testified as an expert witness before a state legislature and written for Slate Magazine.

Dr. Helmchen maintains a diverse portfolio of extramurally funded research. Past and current funders include federal agencies, private foundations, device manufacturers, health insurers, and hospital systems.

Dr. Helmchen spent eleventh grade in Caracas, Venezuela, earned an M.A. in economics from Humboldt University, Berlin, and was a visiting graduate student at ENSAE, Paris, and Hebrew University, Jerusalem. He holds a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Chicago.

Dr. Helmchen is fluent in German and Spanish and proficient in French.

He co-organizes the monthly Collaborative Health Economics Seminar Series (CHESS).


Google Scholar profile

Collaborative Health Economics Seminar Series (CHESS)

International Journal of Health Economics and Management

Health Economics

Health Care Financing

Health Insurance

Health Quality

Hospitals and Health Systems



Program Evaluation

Cancer Policy

Ph.D., Economics, The University of Chicago, 2004

M.A. (Diplom-Volkswirt), Economics, Humboldt University Berlin, 1997

Visiting Graduate Student, Hebrew University Jerusalem, 1997 – 1998

Visiting Graduate Student, Ecole Nationale de la Statistique et de l’Administration Economique, Paris, 1995 – 1996

Undergraduate Diploma, Economics, Free University Berlin, 1992 – 1994

AFS Exchange Student, Colegio La Salle, Caracas, 1989 – 1990

Health Economics (HSML 6211, residential MHA program)

Health Economics and Quantitative Methods (Module 5, MHA@GW program)

Predictive Analytics (HSML 6295, HealthInformatics@GW program)

Quantitative Methods and Epidemiology in Health Services (HSML 6206, residential MHA program)

Ad hoc reviewer for American Journal of Public Health, American Journal of Managed Care, Forum for Health Economics & Policy, Health Affairs, Health Economics, Health Services Research, Journal of General Internal Medicine, Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved, Journal of Health Economics, Journal of Political Economy, Journal of Population Economics, Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association (JAMIA), PLoS ONE; Springer-Verlag, Oxford University Press, University of Chicago Press; FWF Austrian Science Fund, German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), National Science Foundation, Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America, Swiss National Science Foundation