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 Publications

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Projecting Solidarity through Deliberation in Vietnam’s Single-Party Legislature

Health, Psychosocial, and Economic Impacts of the COVID-19 Pandemic on People with Chronic Condition in India: A Mixed Methods Study

January 2021

Background. People with chronic conditions are disproportionately prone to be affected by the COVID-19 pandemic but there are limited data documenting this.

Teach What You Preach: A Comprehensive Guide to the Policy Memo as a Methods Teaching Tool

The policy memo is particularly suited for introducing basic methodological concepts to upper-division undergraduate students of political science, argues Oriana Skylar Mastro.

Building Strategic Leverage in the Indian Ocean Region

The United States and its likeminded partners, particularly India — if four constraints are more realistically accounted for — and other members of the Quad, can more effectively mitigate the...

The PLA’s Evolving Role in China’s South China Sea Strategy

December 2020

During the past eight months of the global COVID pandemic, the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) has been active in promoting China’s claims in the South China Sea.  This essay evaluates PLA...

Shorenstein APARC Center Overview 2019-20

December 2020

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

Do University Entrepreneurship Programs Promote Entrepreneurship?

November 2020

Yong Suk Lee and Charles Eesley examine how university entrepreneurship programs affect entrepreneurial activity using a unique entrepreneurship‐focused survey of Stanford alumni.

The Deer and the Dragon: Southeast Asia and China in the 21st Century

August 2020

Southeast Asia is arguably the most diverse region in the world.

Being in North Korea

August 2020

**See our dedicated book page for more information about the book, including praise, reviews, and author commentary.**In 2010, while working on a PhD in South Korea, Andray Abrahamian visited the...

South Korea's Democratic Decay

July 2020

South Korea (hereafter Korea) is following global trends as it slides toward a “democratic depression.” Both the spirit of democracy and actual liberal-democratic standards are under attack.

Future Projection of the Health and Functional Status of Older People in Japan: A Multistate Transition Microsimulation Model with Repeated Cross‐sectional Data

July 2020

Accurate future projections of population health are imperative to plan for the future healthcare needs of a rapidly aging population.

Generating a Violent Insurgency

 China’s Factional Warfare of 1967–1968

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...

Intended and Unintended Consequences of a New Limit on Working Hours in South Korea: Implications for Precarious Employment

June 2020

Effective as of July 1, 2018, South Korea set a new cap on employees’ weekly working hours, decreasing the maximum number from 68 to 52.

COVID-19 Incidence and the Timing of Quarantine Measures and Travel Restrictions: A Cross-country Analysis

June 2020

COVID-19 presents humanity with not just a health crisis but also a governance crisis as leaders around the globe confront the challenges of stemming the spread of the virus.

Healthy Aging in Asia

May 2020

Life expectancy in Japan, South Korea, and much of urban China has now outpaced that of the United States and other high-income countries.

People

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