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.

Emeritus Professor Barbara Wolfe also studies linkages between poverty and health issues, including health care financing and federal health insurance reforms. 


Featured Publications

Peer Effects of Obesity on Child Body Composition

The Effect of Sibship Size on Non-Cognitive Skills: Evidence from Natural Experiments

Prenatal exposure to air pollution and intergenerational economic mobility: Evidence from U.S. county birth cohorts

Methods for “A Time Series Approach to Estimating Excess Mortality Rates in Puerto Rico, Post‐

Examination of the New Short-Stay Nursing Home Quality Measures: Rehospitalizations, Emergency Department Visits, and Successful Returns to the Community

New Evidence on the Impacts of Early Exposure to the 1918 Influenza Pandemic on Old-Age Mortality: A Research Note



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