Core faculty

Paula Lantz

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs; James B. Hudak Professor of Health Policy; Professor of Public Policy and Health Management & Policy

Paula Lantz is the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and a professor of public policy at the Ford School. She most recently was professor and chair of the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Milken Institute School of Public Health at George Washington University. From 1994-2011, she was faculty member at the University of Michigan with a primary appointment in the School of Public Health, and affiliations with the Ford School and the Institute for Social Research. Dr. Lantz, a social demographer, studies the role of public health in health care reform, clinical preventive services (such as cancer screening and prenatal care), and social inequalities in health. She is particularly interested in the role of health care versus broad social policy aimed at social determinants of health in reducing social disparities in health status. She is currently doing research regarding the potential of social impact bonds to reduce Medicaid expenditures. Lantz received an MA in sociology from Washington University, St. Louis, and an MS in epidemiology and PhD in sociology from the University of Wisconsin.