Global Health

Our faculty, researchers, and visiting scholars analyze and compare health-care practices, policies, utilization rates, socioeconomic characteristics, costs and outcomes in countries around the world.
Technological progress in health care has probably been the single-most important factor in population health improvement around the world.
Grant Miller
Associate Professor of Medicine
Health-Care Delivery in ISIS-held Iraq

Health-Care Delivery in ISIS-held Iraq

Health-Care Delivery in ISIS-held Iraq

Dr. Paul Wise was part of a small delegation of physician-academics asked to evaluate a World Health Organization-led system to treat civilians injured in the fighting for Mosul, the northern city in Iraq which had fallen to ISIS. Wise and his colleagues slipped into Mosul to visit field hospitals, review health care on the ground and determine whether there is a better way to distribute medical aid during armed conflict.

Global Research in the Field

Stanford Health Policy researchers are exploring global policy, including:

  • comparisons of different countries' health-care delivery and financing systems
  • the diffusion of medical technologies worldwide
  • global infectious diseases
  • racial and ethnic disparities in health-care delivery and outcomes
  • bioterrorism preparedness and response
  • improving access to health care, particularly for disadvantaged populations in developing countries

Our international work is made possible through our collaboration with a network of international affiliates, who represent more than 20 countries and work in a variety of disciplines including medicine, economics, statistics, epidemiology, demography and psychology. This international work is part of a larger portfolio of research and training affiliated with the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies.

Stanford pediatrician Paul Wise, MD, MPH, is devoted to helping children whose health suffers from the indirect consequences of conflict. He has been visiting Guatemala each year for two decades to treat children and in 2007 established the Guatemala Rural Child Health and Nutrition Program. A member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the UN called on Wise to study health-care delivery on the front lines of Mosul, Iraq. His findings were grim. Wise and FSI colleague Michele Barry, MD, have worked together extensively researching the collision of civil war and the threat of global pandemics.

Eran Bendavid, MD, MS, an infectious disease physician and assistant professor of medicine, explores how decisions about foreign assistance for health are made, and how those decisions affect the health of those whom assistance aims to serve. His recent research projects include an impact evaluation of the U.S. assistance program for HIV in Africa; he worked with Stanford Health Policy colleague Grant Miller on a provocative study that showed that curbing U.S. aid to family planning clinics in the developing world actually promote abortion.

Miller, PhD, MPP, is focused on developing more effective health improvement strategies for developing countries by looking at the major causes of population health improvement around the world and over time. Director of the Stanford Center on Global Poverty and Development, Miller conducts retrospective observational studies that focus both on historical health improvement and the determinants of population health in developing countries today.

Marcella Alsan, MD, MPH, PhD, researches the relationship between health and socioeconomic disparities in developing countries, with a focus on infectious disease. The assistant professor of medicine at Stanford Medicine also looks at the global overuse of antibiotics and the growing resistance to retreating bacterial infections. An economist and a physician, she looks at the big picture, outside the box, like how the tsetse fly has impacted economies across Africa.

Joshua Salomon, PhD, focuses on measurements and valuation of health outcomes in the developing world, trends in major causes of global mortality and disease and the evaluation of health interventions and policies. Salomon, a professor of medicine, developed a new calculation to better measure progress toward the UN Sustainable Development Goals. 

And assistant professor of medicine, Sanjay Basu, MD, PhD, conducts research on social policies to reduce morbidity from cardiovascular disease and type II diabetes, using methods from the fields of computer science, econometrics and large-scale data analysis. He was named one of Foreign Policy Magazine's "Top 100 Global Thinkers" and awarded the NIH Director's New Innovator Award. A recent study by Basu and other Stanford researchers shows how more carbon dioxide in the air could lead to more human disease worldwide.

 

SHP Researchers Around the World

Pharmaceutical Networks in India

Pharmaceutical Networks in India

Child Health in Guatemala