Arturo Vargas Bustamante PhD, MPP

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UC Los Angeles

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 AffairsHealth Services ResearchSocial Science and MedicineMedical 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.

Research interests: 
  • Health care survey research and data analysis
  • Health care cost estimation
  • Economic valuation and program evaluation
  • Access to health care, predominantly among Latinos/Hispanics and immigrants