Fellows, mentors, and team at the summer institute

Faculty Fellowship

The Future of Public Health Law Education

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The Future of Public Health Law Education: Faculty Fellowship Program has three basic purposes:

  1. To promote the innovative teaching of public health law nationally by creating new curricular offerings in law schools and schools/programs of public health;
  2. To create a dynamic and supportive community of practice among the faculty fellows, their Deans, faculty mentors, and leaders in public health law; and
  3. To share and build resources that foster model approaches and best practices for teaching public health law.

Brief description

This fellowship program is funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and led by Georgia State Law and its Center for Law, Health and Society.

Ten faculty members from law schools or schools/programs of public health have been selected to participate in a yearlong fellowship program designed to foster innovations in educational programming in public health law and to build a strong community of practice among faculty who teach in the public health law field. The fellows, with the support of their deans, will develop interdisciplinary courses and programs in public health law at their respective universities during the fellowship year.  Their projects will strengthen education in public health law and promote collaborations with public health agencies and organizations in the fellows’ communities. Each fellow will be paired with a faculty mentor in public health law. During the 2014-15 academic year, the fellows and their mentors will share ideas, experiences and models for public health law teaching, providing opportunities for professional growth and leadership development.

Faculty Lead

Professor Charity Scott, J.D., M.S.C.M., Catherine C. Henson Professor of Law and director of the Center for Law, Health & Society, serves as the faculty lead for the Future of Public Health Law Education fellowship program.


  • Micah Berman, J.D., assistant professor of public health and law at The Ohio State University College of Public Health and Moritz College of Law, will design a course focusing on updating local public health laws in preparing for public health accreditation.
  • Elizabeth Bjerke, J.D., assistant professor with the Department of Health Policy and Management, Graduate School of Public Health at the University of Pittsburgh, will create a practice-based course related to preventive services under the Affordable Care Act.
  • Kimberly Cogdell Boies, J.D., M.P.H., associate professor of law and director of the Biotechnology and Pharmaceutical Law Institute at North Carolina Central University School of Law, will introduce two public health law courses using live and on-line teaching formats, develop externship opportunities in public health law.
  • Amy Campbell, J.D., M.B.E., associate professor of law and director of the Health Law Institute at University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law, will develop a curriculum that includes a new public health law course, a policy practicum and new externship opportunities for law and public health students.
  • Sarah Davis, J.D., M.P.A., clinical assistant professor of law at the University of Wisconsin Schools of Law, Medicine & Public Health, Nursing and Pharmacy, will create an online community learning space to complement students’ public health law externships at local and remote locations.
  • Robert Gatter, J.D., M.A., professor of law and co-director of the Center for Health Law Studies at Saint Louis University School of Law, will expand an existing course to include representatives of the state public health department, using case studies and a component on outcomes research in public health.
  • Jennifer Herbst, M.Bioethics, J.D., LL.M., assistant professor of law at Quinnipiac University School of Law, will offer a new course for law, medical, public health, nursing and business students that emphasizes teamwork and effective communication among the professions and group problem solving and advocacy skills.
  • Laura Hermer, J.D., LL.M., associate professor of law at Hamline University School of Law, will combine clinical work at a new medical-legal partnership with a new course examining the interrelationships between law, socioeconomic determinants of health and public health.
  • Heather McCabe, J.D., M.S.W., assistant professor at Indiana University School of Social Work and adjunct faculty at schools of law and public health at Indiana University-Purdue University in Indianapolis, will create a course for students in law, social work and public health to build skills in public health law, policy and advocacy.
  • Elizabeth Tobin Tyler, J.D., M.A., clinical assistant professor of health services, policy and practice at Brown University School of Public Health and clinical assistant professor of family medicine at Brown University’s Warren Alpert Medical School will introduce a course for medical and public health students at Brown as well as law students at the Roger Williams School of Law that will explore the role of law in preventing disease and injury.


Five nationally renowned faculty members will serve as mentors and were selected for their varied experience including expertise in health law and public health law, skill in building successful health law programs and their teaching and leadership abilities. The mentors are:

  • Mary Crossley, J.D., professor of law at University of Pittsburgh School of Law;
  • James Hodge, J.D., LL.M., Lincoln Professor of Health Law and Ethics and director of the Public Health Law & Policy Program at Arizona State University Sandra Day O’Connor School of Law;
  • Kathleen Hoke, J.D., professor of law and director of the Legal Resource Center for Public Health Policy at University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law;
  • Ross Silverman, J.D., M.P.H., professor of health policy and management at Indiana University Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health at Indiana University-Purdue University in Indianapolis; and
  • Leslie Wolf, J.D., M.P.H., professor of law at Georgia State University College of Law.

In addition, Diane Hoffmann, J.D., M.S., professor of law and director of the Law and Health Care Program at University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law, serves as a consultant to the fellows’ deans.

Fellowship Year

April 2014 to May 2015

Summer Institute

July 16-26, 2014, Park City, Utah
Institute Agenda

At the start of the fellowship year, fellows attended an intensive 10-day educational Summer Institute in Park City, Utah, along with their mentors, deans, and leaders in public health law and practice. This highly interactive program explored principles of adult learning, teaching innovations, building successful, interdisciplinary educational programs, and leading academic change in the 21st century.


Contact Stacie Kershner, associate director of Georgia State College of Law’s Center for Law, Health & Society, at 404-413-9088 or skershner1@gsu.edu.