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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

Diseases of Poverty: Neglected Tropical Infections in Sub-Saharan Africa

April 2009

In 1967, U.S. Surgeon General William H.

Other Publications

2009 SPICE Catalog

December 2009

For 2009, SPICE has developed four new curriculum units: Examining Long-term Radiation Effects, Interactive Teaching AIDS: A Comprehensive HIV/AIDS Prevention Curriculum, China's Republican Era,...

News

Announcing Stanford e-China, a New Stanford University Online Course for High School Students in China

July 2019

The stars have finally aligned to enable SPICE to launch its first online course in China, Stanford e-China—an interactive, virtual class for Chinese high school students.

Global health for global classrooms

August 2018

“Super Science High School” (SSH) and “Super Global High School” (SGH) are designations awarded by the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) to upper...

Multimedia

Children in Crisis

October 2017

Stanford Professor Paul H.

Population Aging in Japan and Implications for Public Finance

February 2017

In recent decades Japan has gone through some major epidemiologic and demographic transitions.

Reforming Myanmar's Health System

March 2016

In 2010, the World Health Organization (WHO) ranked Myanmar’s health system as the second-worst in the world. Its people endured short life expectancies, poor health outcomes, and the highest out-of-pocket health expenses in Southeast Asia.