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

Mental Health, Schooling Attainment and Polygenic Scores: Are there Significant Genetic Environmental Associations?

Integrating Travel Distance Into Assessments of Provider Networks Using a Dyadic Approach: The Case of California’s Affordable Care Marketplace

The Influence of Early Life Health Conditions on Life Course Health

Comparison of Consumer Rankings With Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Five-Star Rankings of Nursing Homes

Going the Extra Mile? How Provider Network Design Increases Consumer Travel Distance, Particularly for Rural Consumers

Assessment of changes in place of death of older adults who died from dementia in the United States, 2000–2014: a time-series cross-sectional analysis

Wealth Distribution and Retirement Preparation Among Early Savers



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