|Department of Health Law, Bioethics & Human Rights|
The Department of Health Law, Bioethics, and Human Rights is unique in US schools of public health, with the largest full-time faculty in the country, who are joined by an outstanding adjunct faculty of practitioners in the field. Our first priority is our students with faculty regularly receiving School-wide teaching awards. Our research and service activities are designed to enrich the educational experience of our students, whom we welcome to participate in our work.
Our faculty members are nationally recognized and widely published experts in the fields of health law, bioethics, and human rights and serve as members of state, national and international committees and task forces addressing real-world problems in public health and social justice. Our faculty members are currently working on federal and state health insurance reform, health information technology and privacy, biobanking, emergency preparedness, population surveillance, access to pharmaceuticals in developing countries, regulating research with human subjects, and immigration policies for survivors of torture. The Department has its own non-governmental organization (NGO), Global Lawyers and Physicians (GLP), whose main project is the Boston Center for Refugee Health and Human Rights at Boston Medical Center, which cares for asylum seekers and survivors of torture.
Our integrated approach to teaching, research and service enables us to actively engage students in developing the leadership skills to solve the most challenging issues in public health.