Arturo Vargas Bustamante, Ph.D.
Arturo Vargas Bustamante is a 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 disparities research
and secondary data analysis, health care cost analysis, and program design,
implementation and evaluation. His research investigates unexplored or underexplored
topics on access to and use of health care, predominantly among Latinos/Hispanics and
immigrants in the United States. He also specializes in the comparative analyses of
health care delivery systems in Latin American countries. His research has been
published in reputable health policy journals such as Health Affairs, Health Services
Research, Social Science and Medicine, Medical Care, 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.
Professor Bustamante holds a PhD (2008) in Public Policy, an M.A. (2006) in
Economics and an M.P.P. (2004) all from UC-Berkeley. As part of his professional
experience, he worked as a consultant for the Inter-American Development Bank and
for the California Program on Access to Care. Before he worked for the Health Care
Financing Administration of the Mexican Ministry of Health.