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.

Degree Programs

The department offers two graduate degree programs:

To learn about application requirements, please see our Admissions section.