Nicole Huberfeld

Nicole Huberfeld, JD

Edward R Utley Professor in Health Law, Health Law, Policy & Management - Boston University School of Public Health


Nicole Huberfeld is Edward R. Utley Professor of Health Law at BU School of Law and School of Public Health, where she is faculty in the Health Law Program and Co-Director of the BU Program on Reproductive Justice. Her research studies the intersection of health law and constitutional law, often focusing on federalism while studying the needs of vulnerable populations in health reform, Medicaid, and reproductive rights. She is co-author of two leading health law casebooks: The Law of American Health Care, with Elizabeth Weeks (University of Georgia School of Law), Kevin Outterson (Austin B. Fletcher Professor of Law, Executive Director of CARB-X), and Matt Lawrence (Associate Professor of Law at Emory School of Law) (3d edition 2023). She also is coauthor of Public Health Law, 3d Ed. (with Mariner, Annas & Ulrich, 2019) (4th edition forthcoming). She has authored many book chapters, national and international law journal articles, peer-reviewed articles, and commentaries, appearing in publications such as Stanford Law Review, Harvard Law & Policy Review, Boston College Law Review, Yale Journal of Health Policy, Law & Ethics, University of Chicago Law Review, Boston University Law Review, University of Pennsylvania Journal of Constitutional Law, U.C. Davis Law Review, Health Affairs, JAMA, and New England Journal of Medicine. Her work has been cited in judicial opinions by the U.S. Supreme Court, lower federal courts, state courts, and federal and state executive agencies. Nicole also serves as Research Director for the Uniform Law Commission’s Joint Editorial Board on Health Law.

She has been interviewed by media such as The Washington Post, New York Times, NPR, Congressional Quarterly, Huffington Post, National Law Journal, Mother Jones, Law 360, Politico, Vice News, Newsweek, Time, The Guardian, The Sunday Times, and Univision.

In 2019, Huberfeld won the Excellence in Teaching Award for teaching in the Core at BU School of Public Health. In 2021, she was nominated for the Melton Teaching Award at BU Law, and in 2022 & 2023 she was nominated for the Petit Teaching Award at BU Law.

Prior to joining the BU faculty, Huberfeld taught courses on constitutional law, health care organizations and finance, bioethical issues in the law, and health law and policy at the University of Kentucky College of Law and College of Medicine. Huberfeld won the College of Law Duncan Teaching Award in 2008. Previously, she taught at Seton Hall University School of Law as well as created and directed the health care compliance certification program at SHU Law. She also practiced health law in New York and New Jersey before entering academia.

Other Positions

  • Professor - Boston University School of Law
  • Member, Evans Center for Interdisciplinary Biomedical Research - Boston University


  • Seton Hall University, JD Field of Study: Law
  • University of Pennsylvania, BA Field of Study: History

Classes Taught

  • SPHLW840
  • SPHLW951
  • SPHLW952
  • SPHPH719


  • Published on 12/20/2023

    Nicole Huberfeld. High Stakes, Bad Odds: Health Laws and the Revived Federalism Revolution. U.C. DAVIS L. REV. 2023; 57:977-1058.

  • Published on 12/13/2023

    Ahmed A, Huberfeld N, McClain LC. INTRODUCTION: Securing Reproductive Justice After Dobbs. J Law Med Ethics. 2023; 51(3):463-467. PMID: 38088627.

    Read At: PubMed
  • Published on 11/9/2023

    Nicole Huberfeld & Linda C. McClain. The Conversation. Abortion rights victories show this issue is unlikely to fade in 2024 elections - 3 things to know. 2023.

  • Published on 10/3/2023

    Gordon SH, Cole MB, Huberfeld N. Georgia Pathways-Partial Medicaid Expansion With Work Requirements and Premiums. JAMA. 2023 Oct 03; 330(13):1225-1226. PMID: 37713204.

    Read At: PubMed
  • Published on 9/14/2023

    Shafer PR, Lim K, Goutos D, Huberfeld N, Benitez JA, Hsu KS, Raifman JR. Making pandemic era Medicaid continuous coverage automatic in future crises. Health Serv Res. 2023 Dec; 58(6):1157-1160. PMID: 37706551.

    Read At: PubMed
  • Published on 8/1/2023

    Huberfeld N. Private Actions to Protect Medicaid Live to See Another Day. JAMA. 2023 Aug 01; 330(5):411-412. PMID: 37351880.

    Read At: PubMed
  • Published on 3/22/2023

    Gregory Curfman & Nicole Huberfeld. Public Health Messages And The First Amendment: Graphic Warning Labels Struck Down. HEALTH AFFAIRS FOREFRONT. 2023.

  • Published on 1/3/2023

    Huberfeld N. Medicaid, the Supreme Court, and Safe Care for Nursing Home Residents. JAMA. 2023 Jan 03; 329(1):17-18. PMID: 36484994.

    Read At: PubMed
  • Published on 1/1/2023

    Nicole Huberfeld. A Win with the Status Quo for Social Programs. ACS Blog: Expert Forum. 2023.

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  • Published on 1/1/2023

    Nicole Huberfeld. The End of Public Health? It’s Not Dead Yet. Harvard Law Bill of Health. 2023.

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