Boston University School of Law

JD771 Health, Poverty and Law (S)


Persistent, severe health disparities are increasing, with serious implications for the nation's health and wellbeing. This course will explore how medical-legal partnership can tackle the root causes of health disparities -- complex and multidimensional social problems such as food insecurity and unhealthy housing. Students will learn how law and policy impacts health, how legal remedies can address social determinants of health, and how lawyers can play a role in the health promotion of vulnerable populations. Opportunities for practical interdisciplinary problem solving will be provided throughout the semester. Three of the course sessions will be taught jointly with students from the Boston University School of Medicine at the Medical Campus. NOTE: This seminar does not satisfy the Upper-class Writing Requirement. ** A student who fails to attend the initial meeting of a seminar, or to obtain permission to be absent from either the instructor or the Registrar, will be administratively dropped from the seminar. Students who waitlist for a seminar are required to attend the first seminar meeting to be considered for enrollment.