Department of Health Policy
The Department of Health Policy is one of 13 basic sciences departments in the Stanford University School of Medicine. The department is the focal point for health policy at Stanford University, with faculty, researchers, and graduate students
The inaugural chair of the Department of Health Policy is Douglas K. Owens, the Henry J. Kaiser, Jr. professor at the School of Medicine and a senior fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies.
The department was launched during the COVID-19 pandemic — when policy research, decision science and data modeling played a vital role in the understanding and prevention of the coronavirus pandemic. Another central theme of research at the department is how to understand and improve health equity, addressing health disparities in relation to major forces of change, including technological innovation, migration, climate change and income inequality.
The Department of Health Policy has a particular focus on building a fair and equitable public health system, changing the health-care marketplace, innovating how care is delivered, and advancing new social policies such as paid family and medical leave.
Health Policy Experts
Our faculty & researchers span the social sciences, engineering, and medicine — from pediatrics to geriatrics, law, artificial intelligence, economics and decision science.
Training Tomorrow's Leaders
The Department 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.