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.

Recent Publications

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Imperfect Partners

The United States And Southeast Asia

Classless Politics

Islamist Movements, the Left, and Authoritarian Legacies in Egypt

The Logic of Governance in China

An Organizational Approach

Struggles for Political Change in the Arab World

Regimes, Oppositions, and External Actors after the Spring

Policy Roundup: September 2022

Key policy takeaways from Rose Gottemoeller on Putin's nuclear threats and Mikhail Gorbachev's legacy, Michael McFaul on fixing the sanctions against Russia, Francis Fukuyama on why Ukraine will...

JAMA Forum: Resuscitating Abortion Rights in Emergency Care

In this JAMA Forum article by Stanford Health Policy's Michelle Mello, the professor of health policy and law...

Effect of Eyeglasses on Student Academic Performance: What Matters? Evidence from a Randomized Controlled Trial in China

Although eyeglasses have been considered a cost-effective way to combat myopia, the empirical evidence of its impacts on improving learning outcomes is inconsistent. This paper provides empirical...

Content Governance in the Metaverse

Paper from the Content Policy and Society Lab

Policy Roundup: August 2022

Key policy takeaways from Rose Gottemoeller on why the U.S. should avoid a nuclear arms race, Michael McFaul on how Putin may try to end the war in Ukraine, Oriana Skylar Mastro on China's...

Parenting Centers and Caregiver Mental Health: Evidence from a Large-Scale Randomized Controlled Trial in China

This study conducts an exploratory analysis of the impacts of a center-based early childhood development intervention on the mental health of caregivers, using data from a cluster-randomized...

The Impact of Centralized Drug Procurement on Drug Prices and Utilization in China

This study investigated the impact of China’s centralized drug procurement (CDP) on drug prices, utilization, and expenditure in China. Employing the event study method, we estimated the impacts...

What Is at Stake in the US–China Technological Relationship?

Graham Webster has authored a chapter in the forthcoming book from Harvard University Press, The China Questions 2: Critical Insights into US-China Relations

Association Between Mental Health and Executive Dysfunction and the Moderating Effect of Urban-Rural Subpopulation in General Adolescents from Shangrao, China: A Population-Based Cross-Sectional Study

Objectives: To examine the association between mental health and executive dysfunction in general adolescents, and to identify whether home residence and school location would...

Daphne Keller and ACLU File Comment to Meta Oversight Board in "UK Drill Music" Case

The Program on Platform Regulation's Daphne Keller worked with the ACLU to file this comment to the Meta Oversight Board's "UK Drill Music" case.

Postnatal Mental Health, Breastfeeding Beliefs, and Breastfeeding Practices in Rural China

Background: The importance of breastfeeding in low- and middle- income countries is well recognized, yet the importance of postnatal mental health on breastfeeding practices and...

Internal Capabilities and External Resources of Academically Resilient Students in Rural China

Resilience can play an important role in enabling disadvantaged students to succeed academically. However, few studies in low-resource contexts have evaluated resilience as a process (including a...

The Know-Do Gap in Quality of Health for Chronic Non-communicable Diseases in Rural China

Proper management of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) is a severe challenge to China's rural health system. This study investigates what influences the poor medical treatment of NCDs (diabetes and...

Is China a Challenge to U.S. National Security?

A chapter in The China Questions 2: Critical Insights into US-China Relations, edited by Maria Adele Carrai, Jennifer Rudolph, and Michael Szonyi.

Behavioral Strengths and Difficulties and Their Associations with Academic Performance in Math among Rural Youth in China

Behavioral strengths and difficulties among children and adolescents may be significantly associated with their academic performance; however, the evidence on this issue for rural youth in...

People

Yulia Bezvershenko Headshot Yulia Bezvershenko UELP Visiting Scholar, CDDRL
Adam Bonica Adam Bonica Affiliated Faculty, CDDRL Associate Professor, Political Science
Headshot of Dr. Yiqing Xu. Yiqing Xu Stanford Affiliate, SCCEI Stanford Affiliate, SCCEI
Image of Professor Nick Bloom. Nicholas Bloom Stanford Affiliate, SCCEI Stanford Affiliate, SCCEI
Fearon James James D. Fearon Senior Fellow Professor, Political Science
Sagan, Scott 2012 photo Scott D. Sagan Senior Fellow Professor, Political Science
Photo of Gi-Wook Shin Gi-Wook Shin Senior Fellow Professor, Sociology
Kathryn Stoner Kathryn Stoner Senior Fellow, Senior Fellow (by courtesy), Hoover Institution, Professor (by courtesy), Political Science
scott rozelle new headshot Scott Rozelle Senior Fellow Helen F. Farnsworth Endowed Professorship, Co-director, SCCEI
karen 0320 cropprd Karen Eggleston Senior Fellow
Dr. Thomas Fingar Thomas Fingar Lecturer at APARC
Rod Ewing Rodney C. Ewing Senior Fellow Professor of Geological Sciences