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Health and Medicine

Health and Medicine

FSI’s researchers assess health and medicine through the lenses of economics, nutrition and politics. They’re studying and influencing public health policies of local and national governments and the roles that corporations and nongovernmental organizations play in providing health care around the world. Scholars look at how governance affects citizens’ health, how children’s health care access affects the aging process and how to improve children’s health in Guatemala and rural China. They want to know what it will take for people to cook more safely and breathe more easily in developing countries.

FSI professors investigate how lifestyles affect health. What good does gardening do for older Americans? What are the benefits of eating organic food or growing genetically modified rice in China? They study cost-effectiveness by examining programs like those aimed at preventing the spread of tuberculosis in Russian prisons. Policies that impact obesity and undernutrition are examined; as are the public health implications of limiting salt in processed foods and the role of smoking among men who work in Chinese factories. FSI health research looks at sweeping domestic policies like the Affordable Care Act and the role of foreign aid in affecting the price of HIV drugs in Africa.

Scholarly Publications

Is Single Payer the Answer for the US Health Care System?

January 2018

The recent challenges to the Affordable Care Act (ACA), which has increased the number of individuals with health insurance in the United States but has had little effect on cost, has revived the...

Drug Companies’ Liability for the Opioid Epidemic

December 2017

The opioid epidemic has claimed more than 300,000 lives in the United States since 20001 and could claim another half million over the next decade.

Family Planning and Fertility Behavior: Evidence from Twentieth Century Malaysia

December 2017

There is longstanding debate about the contribution of family planning programs to fertility decline.

Other Publications

Half-Baked — The Retail Promotion of Marijuana Edibles

March 2015

FSI Fellow Robert MacCoun and co-author Michelle Mello argue for regulation of marijana-infused edible products.

Automating Quality Review For Heart Failure Through a Performance Measurement System

October 2013


Global Health Economics Colloquium: universal health care only works if quality of care is high

March 2018

Health care has become the largest sector of the global economy, now accounting for more than 10 percent of Gross World Product, or $7.5 trillion.

A Case Study: the Mosul Trauma Response

February 2018

Stanford Health Policy's Paul Wise traveled to Iraq last year with a small delegation of physician-academics to evaluate the World Health Organization's system to treat civilians injured in the...

Study shows expanding hepatitis C testing to all adults is cost-effective and improves health outcomes

February 2018

Screening all adults for hepatitis C virus infection (HCV) is a cost-effective way to improve clinical outcomes of HCV and identify more infected people compared to current recommendations,...


The New Barbarianism

February 23, 2018

The Stanford Center for Innovation in Global Health invites you to a private screening of The New Barbarianism followed by a panel discussion with the film's executive producer and director Stephen...

RIP: Follow-up and Prevention of Preterm Birth Using a Mobile Strategy

February 2, 2018

"Follow-up and Prevention of Preterm Birth Using a Mobile Strategy " Preterm birth (PTB), delivery prior to 37-week gestation, accounts for 35% of infant deaths in the first year of life [minority...

RIP: Accuracy of Time Measures Used to Value Surgical Procedures in the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule

January 19, 2018

"Accuracy of Time Measures Used to Value Surgical Procedures in the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule" The American Medical Association’s Relative Value Scale Update Committee (RUC) has been called ...


Pigs and Parasites: Developing Interventions to End Cycles of Poverty Caused by Taenia solium and Neurocysticercosis

Neurocysticercosis is a neglected infectious disease caused by larval forms of the pig tapeworm, Taenia solium, infecting people's brains.

Reducing lead exposure among residents of Bangladesh

Lead is a potent neurotoxin that irreversibly impairs child cognitive development.

Adapting the Future Elderly Model to Japan

This project adapts the Future Elderly Model (FEM), a demographic and economic Markov microsimulation model that projects the health conditions and functional status of an elderly population, to...


Jay Bhattacharya discusses health and aging

September 2015

Dr. Jay Bhattacharya, a professor of Medicine and a CHP/PCOR core faculty member, speaks about the Center on the Demography and Economics of Health and Aging (CDEHA).


Douglas K. Owens Senior Fellow Professor, Medicine (CHP/PCOR)
David Relman Senior Fellow Professor, Medicine, Professor, Microbiology and Immunology
Paul H. Wise Senior Fellow Professor, Pediatrics (CHP/PCOR)
Stephen P. Luby Senior Fellow Professor, Medicine (CHP/PCOR)
Jay Bhattacharya Senior Fellow, by courtesy Professor, Medicine (CHP/PCOR)
Grant Miller Senior Fellow Associate Professor, Medicine (CHP/PCOR)
Kathryn M. McDonald Senior Research Scholar Executive Director, CHP/PCOR, Senior Scholar, CHP/PCOR
Michele Barry Senior Fellow, by courtesy Professor, Medicine
Henry T. Greely Professor, Law
Julie Parsonnet Professor, Medicine, Professor, Health Research and Policy
Marcus W. Feldman Professor, Biology
Paul Yock Professor, Medicine, Professor, Bioengineering