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.


SCPKU faculty fellow speaks on innovation in mobile healthcare

June 2014

Robert Chang, Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology at Stanford University Medical Center and SCPKU Faculty Fellow, gave a public talk at the center earlier this month focused on mobile healthcare...

Cuéllar looks back on leading FSI

December 2014

For 14 years, Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar has been a tireless Stanford professor who has strengthened the fabric of university’s interdisciplinary nature.

Stanford students share SCPKU graduate seminar experience

April 2015

Two Stanford students share their experiences participating in an SCPKU-sponsored graduate seminar.


Community Health Services and Primary Health Care Reform in China

June 18, 2015

This workshop will focus on the importance of community health services and primary health care reform in China and discuss what clinicians and policymakers are doing to improve health outcomes....

Genetic Architecture of Complex Traits Through Trans-Ethnic Analysis

September 9, 2015

Lecture in EnglishChair:  Deng Minghua, School of Mathematical Science, Peking UniversitySpeaker: Hua Tang, Associate Professor of Genetics, Courtesy Associate Professor of Statistics, Stanford...

Electrical Stimulation of the Human Brain Throughout the History of Neuroscience

November 11, 2015

The brain works with electricity.


Allison Rhines SCPKU Pre-Doctoral Fellow, Fall 2014