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.

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Regimes of Inequality: The Political Economy of Health and Wealth

February 18, 2020

Inequality has become an intractable feature of the rich industrialized democracies, despite consensus among mass publics and experts that more social and economic equality is desirable.

Stanford Interdisciplinary Conference on Conscience

November 8, 2012

Conference organizer: Nancy Ruttenburg What is conscience, what was conscience, and what is its future?

The Narcissism of Minor Differences: How America and Europe are Alike

December 1, 2009

It is commonly believed that America and Europe are very different societies, and growing apart.

Sex Trafficking: Inside the Business of Modern Slavery

May 7, 2009

In a culmination of years of research, travel, and experience, Siddarth Kara puts together his thesis on how to tackle the business of modern sex slavery in his Sex Trafficking: Inside the Business...

The Failures of Identification and Response to Trafficking of Women in Eastern Europe

April 18, 2008

Ms. Rees explores the business of sex trafficking in Eastern Europe particularly from the standpoint of her own personal experience.

10th United Nations Association Film Festival

October 25, 2007

UNAFF, which is now completing its first decade, was originally conceived to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Coercion and Consent in Nazi Germany

April 11, 2006

Co-Sponsored with the Department of History and the Taube Center for Jewish StudiesRichard Evans is a Professor of Modern History at the University of Cambridge, with a particular research interest...