Michael Ulrich

Michael R. Ulrich, JD, MPH

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


Michael Ulrich is Assistant Professor of Health Law, Ethics, & Human Rights at Boston University’s School of Public Health and School of Law. His scholarship focuses on the intersection of public health, constitutional law, bioethics, and social justice, with an emphasis on the role of law in the health outcomes of marginalized and underserved populations. Professor Ulrich co-authored the 3d edition of Public Health Law (with Mariner, Annas, & Huberfeld), the leading casebook in the field. His writings have appeared in national and international journals, including Hastings Law Journal, Journal of Law, Medicine, & Ethics, Yale Journal of Health Policy, Law, & Ethics, SMU Law Review, Yale Journal of Law & Feminism, George Washington International Law Review, Health Affairs, British Medical Journal, American Journal of Law & Medicine, Northeastern Law Review, and American Journal of Bioethics. Professor Ulrich has received national recognition for his scholarship, having been selected as a Health Law Scholar by the American Society of Law, Medicine & Ethics, and a Public Law Junior Scholar by the American Constitution Society. His work has also been cited in briefs, including to the United States Supreme Court. Professor Ulrich has been a guest on This Week in Health Law Podcast as well as NPR numerous times, with his work and comments also appearing in NBC News, Slate, Daily Beast, The Appeal, and the Dallas Observer. Professor Ulrich’s teaching was recognized by his department peers with the Excellence in Teach Award in 2019. Prior to joining the BU faculty, Professor Ulrich was Research Scholar, Senior Fellow in Health Law, & Lecturer in Law at Yale Law School, where he helped launch and run the Solomon Center for Health Law & Policy at Yale Law School with Faculty Director Abbe Gluck. He also served as a bioethicist in the Division of AIDS, at the National Institutes of Health.


  • University of Maryland, JD Field of Study: Health Law, Bioethics & Human Rights
  • Harvard School of Public Health, MPH Field of Study: Public Health
  • University of Maryland, BS Field of Study: Engineering

Classes Taught

  • SPHLW850
  • SPHLW854
  • SPHPH719


  • Published on 11/17/2021

    Michael R. Ulrich, Sondra S. Crosby. Title 42, Asylum, and Politicising Public Health. The Lancet Regional Health Americas. 2021; 7:1-2.

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  • Published on 7/22/2020

    Raifman J, Larson E, Barry CL, Siegel M, Ulrich M, Knopov A, Galea S. State handgun purchase age minimums in the US and adolescent suicide rates: regression discontinuity and difference-in-differences analyses. BMJ. 2020 07 22; 370:m2436. PMID: 32699008.

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  • Published on 5/1/2020

    Ulrich MR. A Public Health Law Path for Second Amendment Jurisprudence. Hastings Law Journal. 2020; 71(4):1053-1100.

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  • Published on 1/1/2020

    Ulrich MR. Pedagogy and Policy: A Tribute to Karen Rothenberg's Contributions to Health Law. Journal of Health Care Law & Policy. 2020; 22(2):205-07.

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  • Published on 8/1/2019

    Mariner WK, Annas GJ, Huberfeld N, Ulrich MR. Public Health Law, 3rd Edition. Carolina Academic Press. Durham, NC. Carolina Academic Press. Durham. 2019.

  • Published on 6/1/2019

    Ulrich MR. A Public Health Approach to Gun Violence, Legally Speaking. J Law Med Ethics. 2019 06; 47(2_suppl):112-115. PMID: 31298120.

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  • Published on 5/1/2019

    Ulrich MR. Revisionist History? Responding to Gun Violence Under Historical Limitations. Am J Law Med. 2019 May; 45(2-3):188-201. PMID: 31722627.

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  • Published on 7/1/2018

    Ulrich MR. Pregnant Women and Equitable Access to Emergency Medical Care. Am J Bioeth. 2018 07; 18(7):57-59. PMID: 30040561.

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  • Published on 3/9/2018

    Wright, Megan S.; Kraft, Claudia; Ulrich, Michael R.; Fins, Joseph J. Disorders of Consciousness, Agency, and Health Care Decision Making: Lessons From a Developmental Model. American Journal of Bioethics Neuroscience. 2018; 9(1):56-64.

  • Published on 1/1/2018

    Ulrich MR, Mariner WK. Quarantine and the Federal Role in Epidemics. SMU Law Rev. 2018; 71(2):391-444. PMID: 30028114.

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