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

The effects of in utero exposure to the 1918 influenza pandemic on family formation

Environmental Bottlenecks on Children's Genetic Potential for Adult Socioeconomic Attainments: Evidence from a Health Shock

Ties between Health Policy, Early Health Problems, and Lifetime Earnings

Hospital Discharge and Selecting a Skilled Nursing Facility: A Comparison of Experiences and Perspectives of Patients and Their Families

Health Endowment at Birth and Variation in Intergenerational Economic Mobility: Evidence from U.S. County Birth Cohorts

Human Longevity: 25 Genetic Loci Associated in 389,166 UK Biobank Participants



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