Interdisciplinary innovation, discovery, and education to improve health policy
What We Do
Stanford Health Policy is comprised of research groups within the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies (FSI) and the Stanford University School of Medicine. FSI is a university-wide research and education institution at Stanford devoted to understanding the problems, policies, and processes that cross international borders and affect lives around the world. The School of Medicine (SOM) has long been a leader in biomedical innovation, research, and health care. Our affiliation with both FSI and the SOM provides access to a wide range of researchers who span the social sciences, engineering, and medicine — from pediatrics to geriatrics, law, economics and decision science.
Stanford Health Policy trains students to be the next generation of leaders in the field of health policy. We offer a Scholarly Concentration in Health Services and Policy Research for medical students, and post-doctoral fellowships focused on health services research and development, medical informatics, and geriatrics. The new Stanford-AHRQ Health Services Research Training Program for pre-and and postdoctoral students will pair students with a faculty mentor to dive into a research project on a critical challenge facing the U.S. health-care system. We also offer a Master of Science degree in Health Policy and a PhD in Health Policy. Our core and affiliated faculty members teach a variety of courses each year on a wide range of topics, such as outcomes research, cost-effectiveness analysis, health economics, decision science, health-care systems, analytic methodology, implementation science and health law. Stanford Health Policy holds weekly Research in Progress seminars, in which SHP researchers, faculty, affiliates and invited scholars present their research. The Ford Dorsey Master's in International Policy at FSI emphasizes the advanced analytical tools and methods critical to decision-making and leadership in international fields.
Stanford Health Policy studies critical global health problems with the goal of understanding how policies, programs and interventions can improve health. We study the determinants of health broadly, including health care, health economics, health and governance, and health and security. Topics we’ve studied include defending against bioterrorism, preventing and treating infectious diseases such as tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS, and the emerging non-communicable diseases that kill an estimated 38 million people a year. We evaluate systems of health-care financing and delivery globally to help bring medical advances to the world’s poorest communities. Our research in global health includes both faculty and trainees. Students have spent their summers doing fieldwork in India and Guatemala with our faculty.
Stanford Health Policy focuses on a wide range of important challenges that arise within the U.S. health-care system, including health care costs, access to care, and quality of care. Students and faculty study the underlying challenges in these areas, from economic, clinical, and legal perspectives. They conduct analyses of efforts to improve system efficiency and performance; design measures to better track system performance; evaluate new medical treatments; and participate in the development of new policies and approaches. Our work investigates many different components of the health-care system, including health-care providers, private insurers, government programs and the developers of new innovations and treatments. The underlying mission of all of our work at Stanford Health Policy is to make a difference in the health of the American people.