The mission of the Program in Law and Public Health is to foster evidence based, ethically grounded public health law and policy making through research, translation, and training.  The research program brings perspectives and methodologies from multiple disciplines to bear in illuminating how law and policy affect health care and health outcomes.

The Law and Public Health faculty are dually trained in law and health services research or medicine. The program’s research agenda rests on three pillars: health care law and policy, public health law and policy, and ethics.  Most research projects are supported by extramural funders, including the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Pew Charitable Trusts, the Commonwealth Fund, the Greenwall Foundation, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, and the National Institutes of Health.

The Law and Public Health (LPH) teaching program, housed within the Department of Health Policy and Management, offers a concentration within the Master of Public Health degree program and an opportunity for Harvard Law students to pursue a joint degree in public health.  Coursework introduces lawyers to the science of public health and provides training in the analysis of public health problems. Graduates of the program are prepared for positions in a health, law, or environmental section of a law firm, local, state and federal government, a hospital legal counsel’s office, a nonprofit advocacy organization, or academia.


Assistant or Associate Professor.  The Department of Health Policy and Management at the Harvard School of Public Health seeks candidates for the position of assistant or associate professor of law and public health. This is a tenure-ladder position. See details.