Joan Densberger, J.D., LL.M., MPH

Adjunct Associate Professor of Health Law, Ethics & Human Rights, Health Law, Policy & Management - Boston University School of Public Health


Professor Densberger is Adjunct Associate Professor of Health Law at Boston University School of Public Health, where she has been twice awarded the Dean’s “Excellence in Teaching” award. She previously has served as corporate counsel (in-house) to a large health care system in Massachusetts as well as a major HMO in Minnesota. Professor Densberger is currently is employed by the United States Department of Labor as a Program Analyst in the area of health care fraud and abuse. She is a recipient of the Secretary's Honor Award in 2014. Professor Densberger also holds an academic appointment as Adjunct Professor of Law at Suffolk University Law School.


  • Boston College, JD Field of Study: Law
  • Suffolk University, LLM
  • Boston University, MPH Field of Study: Public Health
  • University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, BS


  • Published on 10/1/1984

    Densberger JE. Patents for life forms: an inappropriate response to biotechnological advancement. J Bioeth. 1984 Fall-Winter; 5(2):91-115. PMID: 11649700.

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  • Published on 1/1/1984

    Annas GJ, Densberger JE. Competence to refuse medical treatment: autonomy vs. paternalism. Univ Toledo Law Rev. 1984; 15(2):561-96. PMID: 11649779.

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