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.

Scholarly Publications

Women Left Behind

Gender Disparities in Utilization of Government Health Insurance in India

Filtered Life

Air Purification, Gender, and Cigarettes in the People's Republic of China

A quarter century of ‘The Proper Scope of Government’: Theory and Applications

February 2021

A quarter-century ago in a seminal paper, Hart, Shleifer, and Vishny (NBER1996, QJE1997) developed a theory of the ‘Proper Scope of Government.’ Oliver Hart, 2016 Nobel Laureate, reflects on that...

Other Publications

Shorenstein APARC Center Overview 2019-20

December 2020

Shorenstein APARC's annual overview for the academic year 2019-20 is now available.

After COVID-19: Rebooting Business in China

July 2020

To explore how business leaders and entrepreneurs in China responded to the COVID-19 lockdown and how they’re planning for the future, the China Program conducted a survey in coordination with the...

Shorenstein APARC Center Overview 2018-19

December 2019

Shorenstein APARC's annual overview for academic year 2018-19 is now available.

News

APARC Announces 2022-23 Fellowships for Asia Specialists

September 2021

The Center offers fellowships for postdoctoral scholars specializing in contemporary Asia, Japan, and Asia health policy and for experts on Southeast Asia.

The Long and Winding Road to the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics

July 2021

While public support in Japan has been lackluster for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games, the mood may change once the games start – provided no major public health incidents and other unfortunate...

Why Insurance Alone May Not Improve Women's Access To Healthcare

July 2021

A new study of the Rajasthan government's Bhamashah health insurance program for poor households has found that just providing health insurance cover doesn't reduce gender inequality in...

Events

Global Mortality Consequences of Climate Change: Implications for Asia

October 13, 2021

Wednesday, November 17, 2021, 8:00am - 9:30am (Shanghai time) Designing effective climate change mitigation and adaptation policies requires comprehensive assessment of the projected damages from...

Indonesia Beyond COVID-19

October 5, 2021

Asia Health Policy Program (AHPP) 2021-22 Colloquium series "Aligning Incentives for Better Health and More Resilient Health Systems in Asia” Friday, November 12, 2021, 7:30am - 8:30am (Jakarta...

The Impact of Community Masking on COVID-19: Pandemic Responses in Bangladesh and Beyond

September 28, 2021

Asia Health Policy Program (AHPP) 2021-22 Colloquium series "Aligning Incentives for Better Health and More Resilient Health Systems in Asia” Professor Mobarak will discuss his research on COVID-19...

Projects

Perfect Storm: Climate Change in Asia

APARC Fall 2021 Webinar Series The Asia-Pacific region is the world’s most vulnerable region to climate change risks.
English

Asia Health Policy Program (AHPP) 2021-22 Colloquium Series "Aligning Incentives for Better Health and More Resilient Health Systems in Asia”

Aligning Incentives for Better Health and More Resilient Health Systems in Asia Topics include how policymakers can promote mask-wearing, vaccination, and other science-based responses to the...
English

Asia Health Policy Program (AHPP) 2020-21 Colloquium series "Health, Medicine, and Longevity: Exploring Public and Private Roles"

Health, Medicine, and Longevity: Exploring Public and Private Roles Governmental agencies and non-state actors interact within health systems in complicated and sometimes controversial ways that...
English

Multimedia

Cognitive Decline and Household Financial Outcomes at Older Ages

May 2017

Video and transcript from the presentation, "Cognitive Decline and Household Financial Outcomes at Older Ages," on April 24, 2017, by Marco Angrisani, an economist at the University of Southern California, followed by discussion led by Kathleen...

The Impact of Taiwan's National Health Insurance's 20-year Journey: How has the market responded and will respond?

September 2016

Audio and transcript from the Asia Health Policy Program seminar, "The Impact of Taiwan's National Health Insurance's 20-year Journey: How has the market responded and will respond?" on April 19, 2016, with Karen Eggleston,  Jui-fen Rachel Lu and...

Child Gender, Living Arrangements and Maternal Labor Supply: Evidence from Rural China

September 2016

Audio and transcript from the Asia Health Policy Program seminar, "Child Gender, Living Arrangements and Maternal Labor Supply: Evidence from Rural China," on Feb.

People

scott rozelle new headshot Scott Rozelle Senior Fellow Helen F. Farnsworth Endowed Professorship, Co-director, SCCEI
2011May20KohrmanMatthewWEB Matthew Kohrman Senior Fellow, by courtesy Associate Professor, Anthropology
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