Health Law, Bioethics & Human Rights
Among US schools of public health, the BU Department of Health Law, Bioethics & Human Rights is unique. And it’s the high priority we place on our students that makes us stand out.
Exceptional depth and caliber of faculty
First, there’s our renowned full-time faculty, the largest of any department in their field, joined by an exceptional adjunct faculty of active practitioners. Our faculty members are nationally recognized and widely published experts in health law, bioethics, and human rights, They serve as members of state, national, and international committees and task forces, addressing real-world problems in public health and social justice. And they regularly receive awards for excellence in teaching.
Outstanding research and service opportunities
Our research and service activities are designed to enrich your educational experience. That means we welcome your participation. Current research topics include the Affordable Care Act, health information technology and privacy, biobanking, emergency preparedness, population surveillance, and access to pharmaceuticals in developing countries. The department has its own nongovernmental organization (NGO), Global Lawyers & Physicians, whose main project is the Boston Center for Refugee Health & Human Rights at Boston Medical Center.
Students find our integrated approach to teaching, research, and service engaging and inspiring. In our MPH program, you’ll learn to conduct research and apply the principles of law, bioethics, and human rights to solve some of the most complex public health issues.
The department offers two graduate degree programs:
- Master of Public Health with a concentration in Health Law, Bioethics & Human Rights (MPH)
- Law & Public Health (JD/MPH, a dual degree program with the School of Law)
To learn about application requirements, please see our Admissions section.