Arturo Vargas Bustamante

Dr. Arturo Vargas Bustamante is a Professor at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health in the Department of Health Policy & Management and serves as Faculty Research Director at the UCLA Latino Policy and Politics Institute. The primary focus of his research has been on health care access and utilization, particularly among Latinos/Hispanics and immigrants in the United States. He has also contributed to border and international health care research, as well as chronic care management research in primary care settings. Professor Bustamante’s expertise lies in health care disparities, health policy, health services research, and program and policy evaluation. 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. His work has received funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Commonwealth Fund, and various government funders and foundations.

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. Prior to that, he worked for the Health Care Financing Administration of the Mexican Ministry of Health.



  • PhD, Public Policy, University of California, Berkeley, CA, 2008
  • MA, Economics, University of California, Berkeley, CA, 2006
  • MPP, University of California, Berkeley, CA, 2004
  • Lic, El Colegio de México, 2000

Selected Courses

  • Health Policy and Management 200A: Health Care Organization and Financing

Selected Publications

Contributions to Latino/Hispanic Health Care Research

Contributions to Immigrant Health Care Research

Contributions to Border and International Health Care Research