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.