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.

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How teaching off the farm leads to joint research collaborations

December 2017

As a recipient of a Stanford Center at Peking University (SCPKU) Team Innovation Faculty Fellowship, Judith Prochaska, an associate professor of medicine, and her colleagues from the Stanford...

SCPKU convenes medical big data experts

August 2017

On July 21, SCPKU was the site of a seminar entitled “Medical Big Data Application Assessment and Safeguards.”  Co-sponsored by the Chinese Health Information Association (CHIA) and the China...

Experts focus on biomedical innovations and precision medicine

July 2017

Stanford's Center for Innovative Study Design convened experts on biomedical innovations and precision medicine for two days in March 2017 at SCPKU.

Medtech Hackathon brings students together to transform Chinese healthcare delivery

September 2016

Now in its second year, the seminar at SCPKU led by Stanford University Professor of Ophthalmology Robert Chang recently came to a close, having trained twenty more of the next generation of rising...

Faculty, students collaborate to reduce chronic disease in China

August 2016

Stanford Medicine faculty held a graduate seminar at SCPKU earlier this summer which brought together students from Stanford and Chinese universities to seek solutions to China's growing problems...

Digital health innovation course helps transform Chinese healthcare delivery

July 2015

A three-week seminar sponsored by the Stanford Center at Peking University focused on digital health innovation and entrepreneurship in China came to a close last week and culminated in the final...

Asian Liver Center hosts press conference

May 2015

Stanford's Asian Liver Center (ALC) held a press conference at SCPKU on April 17 to share progress on a China-based Hepatitis B education pilot program.

Stanford students share SCPKU graduate seminar experience

April 2015

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

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.

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...


Allison Rhines SCPKU Pre-Doctoral Fellow, Fall 2014