Center for Health Policy

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Center for Health Policy

The Center for Health Policy

The Center for Health Policy is one of eight centers at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, Stanford University’s premier institute for the study of international affairs. FSI is home to some 150 researchers and faculty, including political theorists, physicians, former ambassadors, nuclear physicists and economists. “We know that health gains in middle- to low-income countries lead to stronger democracies, which in turn supports our own national security interests," says FSI Director Mike McFaul. While the Department of Health Policy falls under the Stanford University School of Medicine, the Center for Health Policy at FSI emphasizes the importance of health policy research across all disciplines, including economics, political science and the law.

Health policy research is a critical component of international affairs, as medical outcomes eventually touch all of our lives, from world economics to immigration, the prevention of infectious diseases and bioterrorism.
Michael A. McFaul
Director, FSI
Stanford Health Policy's Paul Wise treats a boy in Guatemala.

Health Policy Experts

Our faculty & researchers span the social sciences, engineering, and medicine — from pediatrics to geriatrics, law, artificial intelligence, economics and decision science.

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Training Tomorrow's Leaders

The Center trains students to be the next generation of leaders in the field of health policy. Our PhD and Master's students range from MDs to social scientists, global health experts and political scientists.