Michael R. Ulrich, JD, MPH

Assistant Professor of Health Law, Ethics & Human Rights, Health Law, Policy & Management
Michael Ulrich
(617) 358-3174


Michael Ulrich is Assistant Professor of Health Law, Ethics, & Human Rights at the Boston University School of Public Health. 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 vulnerable and underserved populations. His writings have appeared in national and international journals, including SMU Law Review, Journal of Law, Medicine, & Ethics, American Journal of Bioethics, Yale Journal of Health Policy, Law, & Ethics, George Washington International Law Review, American Journal of Law & Medicine, and Yale Journal of Law & Feminism. Prior to joining the BU faculty, 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. He also served as a bioethicist in the Division of AIDS, at the National Institutes of Health.


  • Harvard School of Public Health, MPH
  • University of Maryland, BS
  • University of Maryland, JD

Classes Taught

  • SPHLW854
  • SPHPH719


  • 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 Jun; 47(2_suppl):112-115. PMID: 31298120.

    Read at: PubMed
  • 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.

    Read at: PubMed
  • 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.

    Read at: PubMed
  • 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.

    Read at: PubMed
  • Published on 5/1/2017

    Riley KE, Ulrich MR, Hamann HA, Ostroff JS. Decreasing Smoking but Increasing Stigma? Anti-tobacco Campaigns, Public Health, and Cancer Care. AMA J Ethics. 2017 May 01; 19(5):475-485. PMID: 28553905.

    Read at: PubMed
  • Published on 1/1/2017

    Wright MS, Ulrich MR, Fins JJ. Guardianship and Clinical Research Participation: The Case of Wards with Disorders of Consciousness. Kennedy Inst Ethics J. 2017; 27(1):43-70. PMID: 28366903.

    Read at: PubMed
  • Published on 6/21/2016

    Ulrich MR. Lincoln’s Promise: Congress, Veterans, and Traumatic Brain Injury. The Hasting’s Center Bioethics Forum. 2016.

  • Published on 5/1/2016

    Ulrich MR. Law and Politics, an Emerging Epidemic: A Call for Evidence-Based Public Health Law. Am J Law Med. 2016 05; 42(2-3):256-283. PMID: 29086645.

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