Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs

Several La Follette School faculty members conduct research on key issues in health policy and health services, including the relationship between social factors – such as poverty, education, and housing – and health.

Their interdisciplinary work bridges economics, sociology, population health sciences, education, and various other fields of study. Professor Jason Fletcher specializes in health economics, and child and adolescent health policy as well as the emerging field of social genomics, which brings together statistical geneticists and social scientists to study the role of genes in human social dynamics and inequality.

Professor Barbara Wolfe and Professor Pam Herd also study linkages between poverty and health issues, including health care financing and federal health insurance reforms. Wolfe also serves on the National Academy of Medicine Roundtable on the application of social and behavior science research, while Herd leads the Center for Demography of Health and Aging at the University of Wisconsin–Madison.


Featured Publications

Tobacco Control, Medicaid Coverage, and the Demand for Smoking Cessation Drugs

Causal Spousal Health Spillover Effects and Implications for Program Evaluation

Gender-specific Pathways of Peer Influence on Adolescent Suicidal Behaviors

Personality Predicts Mortality Risk: An Integrative Data Analysis of 15 International Longitudinal Studies

Procedures and Protocols for Weight Assessment during Acute Illness in Individuals With Anorexia Nervosa: A National Survey

Can Knowledge Empower Women to Save More for Retirement?



Center for Demography and Ecology

Center for Demography of Health and Aging

Evidence-Based Health Policy Project

Global Health Institute

UW–Madison Center for Patient Partnerships