Arturo Vargas Bustamante

Arturo Vargas Bustamante

Associate Professor, Health Policy and Management


Fielding School of Public Health

Areas of Expertise:

Demography & Population Studies, Health, Immigration/Immigrant Rights


Arturo Vargas Bustamante is an associate professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health. He has a broad background in health policy, with specific training and expertise in health care survey research and data analysis, health care cost estimation, economic valuation and program evaluation. His research into disparities focuses on groups — primarily Latinos — that are overwhelmingly uninsured or that have poor access to health care. His research has direct policy applications because it estimates the share of disparities related to socioeconomic and demographic factors and that are attributable to such system factors as usual source of care and insurance status. His work on health care in developing countries examines cross-border health care utilization, as well as health services privatization and decentralization in middle-income countries, predominantly in Latin America.His research has been published in reputable health policy journals such as Health AffairsHealth Services ResearchSocial Science and Medicine, the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, among others. The outcomes of his research have had direct policy applications, particularly since they estimate the share of disparities that can be attributed to socioeconomic and demographic factors and the corresponding part associated to health system variables, such as usual source of care and insurance status.

He previously worked as a consultant for the Inter-American Development Bank and the California Program on Access to Care, where he was responsible for the cross-border health insurance project. Vargas Bustamante began his career in the health financing administration of the Mexican Ministry of Health.

Vargas Bustamante earned a Ph.D. and M.P.P. in public policy, and an M.A. in economics from UC Berkeley. He earned his undergraduate degree in politics and public administration from El Colegio de México.

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