Karen Eggleston with physicians and nurses at Shandong Hospital, China

About AHPP

Our Mission and Work

Established in 2007, the Asia Health Policy Program (AHPP) at Stanford University's Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center (Shorenstein APARC) advances a comparative understanding of health and health policy in the Asia-Pacific to improve healthcare and the overall quality of life across the region. We tackle some of the most complex challenges confronting Asian countries, from addressing the links between poverty and ill health to improving “value for money” and defining appropriate government and market roles in health systems.
We pursue our mission by conducting policy-relevant, collaborative research with scholars and professionals across the Pacific and around the world; offering courses and training opportunities to students and emerging scholars; convening academic and public forums on health and demographic change in the Asia-Pacific; and sharing our research findings and policy recommendations in a variety of publications on comparative health policy topics.
AHPP is one of several research programs housed at Shorenstein APARC in the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies (FSI). 

Our Leadership and Community

We are home to affiliated researchers, as we annually sponsor a postdoctoral fellow and host a visiting scholar who study health policy issues in the Asia-Pacific region, often with a focus on developing countries. We regularly collaborate with specialists from Stanford Health Policy and the School of Medicine, and each year assemble some of the world’s leading health policy minds on the Stanford campus to examine current Asia health policy topics at conferences, seminars, and workshops that result in edited volumes and forge new ground for future collaborative research. AHPP’s diverse community provides the invaluable comparative insight that is at the core of our research.


The Asia Health Policy Program is unique: a research program within a world-class university focusing exclusively on comparative health policy in Asia. AHPP provides evidence that helps address key health policy challenges in the Asia-Pacific.
Karen Eggleston
Director, AHPP


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For questions or further information, please contact Lisa Lee, our program coordinator.

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The Asia Health Policy Program is located at Stanford’s Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center.