Paula M. Lantz, Ph.D., M.S.

S.J. Axelrod Collegiate Professor of Health Management and Policy

Director, RWJ Scholars in Health Policy Research Program

Research Professor, Institute for Social Research

Professor, Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy

1415 Washington Heights      Vcard icon
M3174 SPH II
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109-2029

Office: (734) 763-9902; Fax: (734) 764-4338


Professional Summary

Dr. Paula Lantz, a social epidemiologist, is the S.J. Axelrod Collegiate Professor of Health Management and Policy. She is also a Research Professor at the Institute for Social Research and a Professor in the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy.  Prior positions include working as an epidemiologist for the Wisconsin Division of Health and as a senior researcher for Marshfield Clinic. She is the director of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Scholars in Health Policy Research fellowship program at the University of Michigan. Dr. Lantz's main research interests include 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 teaches courses on public health policy and policy analysis methods.

Courses Taught

HMP 695: Public Health Policy Issues in Women's Health


Ph.D., Social Demography, University of Wisconsin, 1991
M.S., Epidemiology, University of Wisconsin, 1991
M.A., Sociology, Washington University, 1983
B.A., Sociology/English, St. Olaf College, 1981

Research Interests & Projects

Socioeconomic and racial/ethnic disparities in health status over the life course

Organizational and policy issues in state health departments, including health care reform

Cancer prevention and control

Selected Publications

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Gollust SE, Fowler EF, Lantz PM, Dempsey A, Ubel PA. (Forthcoming). Controversy undermines support for state mandates on the human papillomavirus vaccine. Health Affairs.

Gollust SE, Lantz PM, Ubel PA. (Forthcoming). Images of illness: How causal claims and racial associations influnce public preferences for diabetes research spending. Journal of Health Politicis, Policy and Law.

Lantz PM, Golberstein E, House JS, Morenoff J (2010). Social and behavioral risk factors for mortality in a national 19-year prospective study of U.S. adults. Social Science & Medicine, 70, 1558-66.

Clarke PJ, Ailshire J, Lantz PM (2009). Urban built environment and trajectories of mobility disability. Social Science & Medicine, 69(6), 964-70.

Gollust SA, Lantz PM, Ubel PA. (2009). The polarizing effects of news media regarding the social determinants of health. American Journal of Public Health, 99(12), 2160-67.

Lantz P.M. and Soliman S. (2009). An evaluation of a Medicaid expansion for cancer care. Women's Health Issues, 19, 221-231.

Lantz, P.M. (2008). Gender and leadership in health administration: 21st century progress and challenges. Journal of Healthcare Management., 53(5), 291-301.

Lantz, P.M., Lichtenstein, R., Pollack, H. (2007). Health policy approaches to vulnerable populations: The limits of medicalization. Health Affairs, 26(5), 1253-57.

Lantz, P.M., Mujahid, M., Schwartz, K., Janz, N.K., et al. (2006). The influence of race, ethnicity and individual socioeconomic factors on breast cancer stage at diagnosis. American Journal of Public Health, 96(12), 2173-2178.

Lantz, P.M., Janz, N.K., Fagerlin, A., Lakhani, I. et al. (2005). Satisfaction with surgery outcomes and the decision process in a population-based sample of women with breast cancer. Health Services Research, 2005; 40(3), 745-767.

Recent News Items

  • "What We Miss When We Obsess Over Obesity,", August 11, 2010
  • "Obama treats health care crisis more realistically,", October 17, 2008