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

  • SPHLW854
  • SPHPH719


  • Published on 12/1/2022

    Crosby SS, Ulrich MR, & Annas GJ. Migration and Health (Galea S, Ettman CE, & Zaman MH eds). Law, Migration, and Health in the U.S. Context. The University of Chicago Press. Chicago. 2022.

  • Published on 12/1/2022

    Ulrich MR. Why Money Is Well Spent on Time. AMA J Ethics. 2022 Dec 01; 24(12):E1155-1160. PMID: 36520971.

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  • Published on 10/1/2022

    Ulrich MR. Public Carry versus Public Health - The Harms to Come from the Supreme Court's Decision in Bruen. N Engl J Med. 2022 Oct 06; 387(14):1245-1247. PMID: 36193944.

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  • Published on 8/1/2022

    Ulrich MR. E-Racing Tobacco & Nicotine-Related Health Disparities. Food and Drug Law Journal. 2022; 77(2):219-45.

  • Published on 6/1/2022

    Sontheimer C & Ulrich MR. Addressing Stigma and False Beliefs About Mental Health: A New Direction for Mental Health Parity Advocacy. Annals of Health Law & Life Sciences. 2022; 31(2):101-14.

  • Published on 5/1/2022

    Ulrich MR. Second Amendment Realism. Cardozo Law Review. 2022; 43(4):1379-1440.

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  • Published on 11/18/2021

    Ulrich MR, Crosby SS. Title 42, asylum, and politicising public health. Lancet Reg Health Am. 2022 Mar; 7:100124. PMID: 36777657.

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  • Published on 11/17/2021

    Ulrich MR & Crosby SS. 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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