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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.

Recent Events

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FINANCING LONGEVITY: The Economics of Pensions, Health, Long-term care and Disability Insurance

March 17, 2017

Monday 24th, 2017Bechtel Conference Center, Encina Hall 1st floor: 8:30am - 11:45am:  Session I: Long-term Care and Intergenerational Support11:45am - 2:00pm:  Session II Lunch keynote panel: The...

Hidden Risks: global supply chains, public health and global governance

February 24, 2017

About the Event: Despite much current talk about “America First,” the United States has a vital interest in global health that is rooted in both practical necessity and humanitarian traditions. ...

Knight-Hennessy Scholars Peking University Information Session

February 22, 2017

Each year up to 100 high-achieving students with demonstrated intellect, leadership potential and civic commitment will receive full funding to pursue a graduate education at Stanford. Join us to...

Is Knowing Half the Battle? Behavioral Responses to Risk Information from the National Health Screening Program in Korea

January 26, 2017

The benefits of screening depend on whether information changes individual behaviors.

Information Session - Fisher Family CDDRL Honors Program

January 13, 2017

This event is open to Stanford undergraduate students only. The Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law (CDDRL) is currently accepting applications from eligible juniors due February...

One-Child Policy, Marriage Distortion, and Welfare Loss

January 5, 2017

This seminar will discuss the marriage distortion and the associated welfare loss caused by the One-Child Policy (OCP) in China.

Vector-borne disease in a changing world: Insights from ecology across scales

January 5, 2017

Abstract: Globally, infectious diseases are emerging at an increasing rate. Vector-borne diseases in particular present one of the biggest threats to public health globally.

Universal Long-term Care Insurance Program: South Korea’s Experience

January 5, 2017

South Korea, the most rapidly aging society in the world, introduced a public long-term care insurance (LTCI) program with universal coverage in 2008.

FSI Summer Programs Info Session

December 13, 2016

Start the year off by planning for summer 2017! Each summer FSI offers exciting and intensive internship opportunities to Stanford students.

Metrology is a Common Good: The Foundations of Sharing, Trusting, and Dividing

November 18, 2016

Abstract: Trustworthy measurement results are basic to human interaction.

Research in Progress (RIP): Michelle Mello, "Patients’ Experiences of Medical Error Disclosure and Reconciliation"

November 3, 2016

Please note: All research in progress seminars are off-the-record unless otherwise noted.

Research in Progress (RIP): Mark Hlatky, "Incorporating Cost-Effectiveness into Clinical Guidelines"

November 2, 2016

Please note: All research in progress seminars are off-the-record unless otherwise noted. Any information about methodology and/or results are embargoed until publication.

Stanford Juku 2016

November 1, 2016

Stanford Juku on Japanese Political Economy 2016September 29 - October 1, 2016Oksenberg Conference RoomStanford Japan Program at Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research CenterThe Japan Program at the...

The Global Infectious Disease Threat and Dual use Pathogens

October 27, 2016

Abstract: The Federal response to dual use pathogens is being actively debated. We are at a critical juncture between free science exploration and government policy. Should science be regulated?

Fertility Restrictions and Life Cycle Outcomes: Evidence from the One Child Policy in China

October 20, 2016

Wei Huang uses the experience of China's One Child Policy to examine how fertility restrictions affect economic and social outcomes over the lifetime.


October 13, 2016

 Professor Khosla is the recipient of multiple distinguished awards including the Arthur C.


October 11, 2016

Vast amounts of molecular data characterizing the genome, epi-genome and transcriptome are becoming available for a wide range of cancers.

Patient Cost-sharing and Health Care Utilization among Children (with Toshiaki Iizuka)

September 22, 2016

Exploiting the variation in the amount of subsidy for child health care by municipality, age and time in Japan, this paper examines the effect of patient cost-sharing on child health care...

Challenges for privacy and re-identification with medical and genomic data

September 22, 2016

Abstract: Current technologies and practices have created large stores of medical data, including electronic medical records, genomic data, and mobile-health measurements.

Medtech Hackathon

August 24, 2016

Second Annual Final Medtech Hackathon CompetitionFour teams competing for the grand prizeRefreshments will be provided and a drawing will be held for prizes 

Non-Communicable Disease Prevention in China

July 3, 2016

Speakers: Randall Stafford, MD, PhD, Professor of Medicine (Preventive Medicine), Stanford UniversityJudith Prochaska, PhD, MPH, Associate Professor of Medicine (Health Psychology), Stanford...


Rosamond L. Naylor Senior Fellow William Wrigley Professor of Earth System Science, Senior Fellow, Stanford Woods Institute, Senior Fellow, Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, Professor, by courtesy, Economics
Alberto Díaz-Cayeros Senior Fellow Professor, by courtesy, Political Science
Michele Barry Senior Fellow, by courtesy Professor, Medicine
Jay Bhattacharya Senior Fellow, by courtesy Professor, Medicine (CHP/PCOR)
Grant Miller Senior Fellow Associate Professor, Medicine (CHP/PCOR)
David Relman Senior Fellow Professor, Medicine, Professor, Microbiology and Immunology
Douglas K. Owens Senior Fellow Professor, Medicine (CHP/PCOR)
Scott Rozelle Senior Fellow
Stephen P. Luby Senior Fellow Professor, Medicine (CHP/PCOR)
Paul H. Wise Senior Fellow Professor, Pediatrics (CHP/PCOR)
Matthew Kohrman Senior Fellow, by courtesy Associate Professor, Anthropology
Pascaline Dupas Senior Fellow Associate Professor, Economics, Senior Fellow, SIEPR