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

A Knotty Problem: Consumer Access and the Regulation of Provider Networks

Mental Health, Schooling Attainment and Polygenic Scores: Are There Significant Gene-Environment Associations?

Multigenerational Effects of Early-Life Health Shocks

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



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