Paula Lantz, PhD

Paula M. Lantz, Ph.D.

Professor and Associate Dean for Research and Policy Engagement,
Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy
Professor, Health Management and Policy, School of Public Health

4215 Weill Hall, 735 S. State Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-5456

Office: (734) 764-8976

E-mail: plantz[at]umich[dot]edu

Curriculum Vitae



Paula Lantz is the Associate Dean for Research and Policy Engagement 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.


Ph.D. Sociology, University of Wisconsin, 1991
M.S. Epidemiology, University of Wisconsin, 1991
M.A. Sociology, Washington University, 1983