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Peter Jacobson

Peter D. Jacobson, JD, MPH, is Professor Emeritus of Health Law and Policy, and Director, Center for Law, Ethics, and Health, at the University of Michigan School of Public Health, where he taught courses on health law, public health law, and health policy.  Jacobson received an AB (History) from Dickinson College in 1967, a JD from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law in 1970, and an MPH (Health Services) in 1988 from the UCLA School of Public Health.

Jacobson’s recent research projects include leading a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation project examining the implementation of health in all policies programs, and a deBeaumont Foundation project assessing the legal issues that contributed to the Flint Water Crisis.  He is the principal investigator for the Mid-States Region of the Network for Public Health Law, and serves as Chair of the Washtenaw County (Michigan) Board of Health.

Jacobson’s previous research examined health departments’ strategic adaptations, public health entrepreneurship, and the integration of health care and population health.  In 2002, Jacobson published Strangers in the Night:  Law and Medicine in the Managed Care Era, and co-authored False Hope:  Bone Marrow Transplantation for Breast Cancer in 2007 (both from Oxford University Press).  Jacobson co-authored Law and the Health System (Foundation Press, 2014). 

From 2010-2016, Jacobson was the Associate Editor for Health Law and Public Health at the Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law.  From 2015-2018, he served as Chair of the Washtenaw County (Michigan) Board of Health.  In 2016, Jacobson received a Lifetime Achievement Award in Public Health Law, from the Health Law Section of the American Public Health Association.  In 2017, he received the Distinguished Health Law Professor Award from the American Society of Law, Medicine, and Ethics.