Peter Rockers

Peter C. Rockers, ScD

Assistant Professor, Global Health - Boston University School of Public Health


Dr. Rockers is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Global Health at the Boston University School of Public Health, where he is also the Director of the Global Health Program Design, Monitoring, and Evaluation certificate program. His research is primarily concerned with evaluating the impacts of health system strengthening interventions and policies in low- and middle-income countries using experimental methods. He is particularly interested in interventions that aim to improve early childhood development outcomes in high poverty settings. Dr. Rockers is currently Co-Principal Investigator for a large cluster-randomized trial in South Africa evaluating the feasibility and impact of an innovative package of early childhood interventions delivered by community health workers. Dr. Rockers is involved in several projects focused on access to medicines. He is Co-Principle Investigator for a project developing a framework for evaluating pharmaceutical industry-led access to medicines programs. He is also Co-Investigator for a cluster-randomized trial in Kenya evaluating the impact of a medicine access program on the availability and price of NCD medicines.


  • Harvard University, DSc Field of Study: Global Health Management
  • University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, MPH Field of Study: Epidemiology
  • University of Illinois, BS Field of Study: Mechanical Engineering

Classes Taught

  • SPHGH815
  • SPHPH845


  • Published on 12/1/2021

    Scott NA, Kaiser JL, Ngoma T, McGlasson KL, Henry EG, Munro-Kramer ML, Biemba G, Bwalya M, Sakanga VR, Musonda G, Hamer DH, Boyd CJ, Bonawitz R, Vian T, Kruk ME, Fong RM, Chastain PS, Mataka K, Ahmed Mdluli E, Veliz P, Lori JR, Rockers PC. If we build it, will they come? Results of a quasi-experimental study assessing the impact of maternity waiting homes on facility-based childbirth and maternity care in Zambia. BMJ Glob Health. 2021 Dec; 6(12). PMID: 34876457.

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  • Published on 10/21/2021

    Wirtz VJ, Servan-Mori E, Mungai J, Mboya J, Rockers PC, Onyango MA, Kiragu ZW, Laing R. Probability and amount of medicines expenditure according to health insurance status in Kenya: A household survey in eight counties. Int J Health Plann Manage. 2021 Oct 21. PMID: 34674309.

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  • Published on 10/19/2021

    Silverman DT, Killion JP, Evans D, Coetzee L, Rockers PC, Hamer DH. Postpartum Mental Health in Rural South Africa: Socioeconomic Stressors and Worsening Mental Health. Matern Child Health J. 2021 Oct 19. PMID: 34665355.

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  • Published on 6/23/2021

    Fontanet CP, Kaiser JL, Fong RM, Ngoma T, Lori JR, Biemba G, Munro-Kramer M, Sakala I, McGlasson KL, Vian T, Hamer DH, Rockers PC, Scott NA. Out-of-Pocket Expenditures for Delivery for Maternity Waiting Home Users and Non-users in Rural Zambia. Int J Health Policy Manag. 2021 Jun 23. PMID: 34273929.

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  • Published on 6/8/2021

    Lori JR, Munro-Kramer ML, Liu H, McGlasson KL, Zhang X, Lee H, Ngoma T, Kaiser JL, Bwalya M, Musonda G, Sakala I, Perosky JE, Fong RM, Boyd CJ, Chastain P, Rockers PC, Hamer DH, Biemba G, Vian T, Bonawitz R, Lockhart N, Scott NA. Increasing facility delivery through maternity waiting homes for women living far from a health facility in rural Zambia: a quasi-experimental study. BJOG. 2021 10; 128(11):1804-1812. PMID: 33993600.

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  • Published on 5/17/2021

    Ashigbie PG, Rockers PC, Laing RO, Cabral HJ, Onyango MA, Mboya J, Arends D, Wirtz VJ. Phone-based monitoring to evaluate health policy and program implementation in Kenya. Health Policy Plan. 2021 May 17; 36(4):444-453. PMID: 33724372.

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  • Published on 5/3/2021

    Ng G, Raskin E, Wirtz VJ, Banks KP, Laing RO, Kiragu ZW, Rockers PC, Onyango MA. Coping with access barriers to non-communicable disease medicines: qualitative patient interviews in eight counties in Kenya. BMC Health Serv Res. 2021 May 03; 21(1):417. PMID: 33941177.

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  • Published on 3/30/2021

    Chitre I, Rede A, Mboya J, Wirtz VJ, Rockers PC, Laing RO. Association between risk factors and mortality in patients with non-communicable diseases in eight Kenyan counties: an observational cohort study. East African Medical Journal. 2021; 98(1).

  • Published on 5/15/2020

    Ashigbie PG, Rockers PC, Laing RO, Cabral HJ, Onyango MA, Buleti JPL, Wirtz VJ. Availability and prices of medicines for non-communicable diseases at health facilities and retail drug outlets in Kenya: a cross-sectional survey in eight counties. BMJ Open. 2020 05 15; 10(5):e035132. PMID: 32414824.

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  • Published on 3/26/2020

    Umeh CA, Rockers PC, Laing R, Wagh O, Wirtz VJ. Public reporting on pharmaceutical industry-led access programs: alignment with the WHO medicine programs evaluation checklist. J Pharm Policy Pract. 2020; 13:5. PMID: 32226630.

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