Paula Lantz

Professor of Health Policy and Public Policy
Suite 800
Address: 2021 K St. NW
Washington, DC, 20006
Phone: 202-994-6568
Fax: 202-994-4040

Areas of Expertise

Public health policy
Clinical preventive services
Health reform research
Program/policy evaluation


Dr. Paula Lantz, a social epidemiologist, is Professor and Chair of the Department of Health Policy in the Milken Institute School of Public Health. Before joining the GW faculty, she was a faculty member at the University of Michigan School of Public Health and the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, including serving for six years as the chair of the Department of Health Management and Policy. Other prior positions include working as an epidemiologist for the Wisconsin Division of Health, and as a senior researcher for Marshfield Clinic, a 400-physician integrated delivery system in Wisconsin.

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 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 has led several research projects related to the National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program, and conducted other studies on breast/cervical cancer screening and treatment in low-income populations. In addition, she has served as a lead investigator on the Americans’ Changing Lives Study, which is an ongoing, longitudinal research study of social disparities in health status and aging in the United States. Dr. Lantz has received funding for her research from the National Institutes of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.


PhD, Sociology, University of Wisconsin
MS, Epidemiology, University of Wisconsin
MA, Sociology, Washington University
BA, Sociology, St. Olaf College