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 Old Events

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Tapping the Untapped Human Resource Potential with Social Tech: Diversity, Globalization, and the Future of Work

January 21, 2022

This event will offer simultaneous translation between Japanese and English.  当イベントは日本語と英語の同時通訳がついています。 This is a virtual event.

Leveraging University Research into Medical Innovations with Social Impact: Biotechnology Entrepreneurship in Japan's New Startup Ecosystem

January 21, 2022

This event will offer simultaneous translation between Japanese and English.  当イベントは日本語と英語の同時通訳がついています。 This is a virtual event.

Japan’s Energy Policy in Flux: The Uncertain Future of Renewables, Nuclear Energy, and Carbon Neutrality

September 27, 2021

This is a virtual event. Please click here to register and generate a link to the talk.  The link will be unique to you; please save it and do not share with others. November 9, 4-5 p.m.

Perfect Storm: Climate Change in Asia—Fall 2021 Webinar Series Kickoff with Mr. Ban Ki-moon and Prof. Nicole Ardoin

December 4, 2020

Fall 2021 Webinar Series Kickoff with Mr. Ban Ki-moon and Prof. Nicole Ardoin September 28, 5-6 p.m. California time/ September 29, 9-10 a.m.

Japan's Response to Covid-19: Political Leadership and Crisis Response

April 6, 2020

In keeping with the State of California's shelter-in-place orders, this event is available through livestream only.

Is Preventive Care Worth the Cost? Evidence from Mandatory Checkups in Japan

September 26, 2018

This event is jointly sponsored by the Asia Health Policy Program and the Japan Program at the Walter H.

Managing "Sleep Debt" for Better Performance and Health: Introducing the Stanford Method for Ultimate Sound Sleep

February 9, 2018

Sleep is essential for life, and we spend 1/3 of our lives sleeping. If asked about the roles of sleep, most people can list a few examples as restoration of sleepiness and fatigue.

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...

Stanford Summer Juku 2015

August 10, 2015

Stanford Summer Juku on Japanese Political Economy (SSJ-JPE)August 10-13, 2015Oksenberg Conference RoomStanford Japan Program at Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research CenterThe Japan Program at the...

Region-based v. Distance-based Information in Emergency Health Risk Communication: Evidence from the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Disaster

October 9, 2013

A tremendous amount of radioactive products were discharged as a result of the accident at the Fukushima nuclear power plant in March 2011, which resulted in radioactive contamination of the plant...

Health and Aging in Japan

January 9, 2013

Professor Hidehiko Ichimura of the University of Tokyo will share recent results from his research on the health of older adults and the retirement process in Japan.

Trauma and Healing in Stricken Japan

March 12, 2012

The triple disasters in Japan in March 2011 have created overwhelming trauma in the stricken areas for people of all ages.

Japan’s Public Universal Health Insurance System Reform: Lessons for Achieving and Maintaining Universal Health Care Coverage

January 19, 2012

The global health community has been aiming at ensuring health coverage for all. To achieve universal health care coverage, the German Social Health Insurance model is one solution.