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

Nonmarital and Teen Fertility

When Patients Customize Nursing Home Ratings, Choices and Rankings Differ from the Government's Version

Economic opportunity, health behaviours, and health outcomes in the USA: a population-based cross-sectional study

The ACA: Impacts on Health, Access, and Employment

SNAP Matters: How Food Stamps Affect Health and Well Being

The Importance of Family Income in the Formation and Evolution of Non-Cognitive Skills in Childhood

Peer Effects in Teenage Pregnancy



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