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 Public Health and Professor of Law at BU School of Law, where she is also affiliate faculty with the Center for Antiracism Research and the Medicaid Policy Lab. Her research studies the intersection of health law and constitutional law, with particular focus on federalism, Medicaid, health reform, reproductive rights, and law as a determinant of health. 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 (Executive Director of CARB-X & N. Neal Pike Scholar in Health and Disability Law at BU Law), and Matt Lawrence (Associate Professor of Law at Emory School of Law) (3d edition forthcoming in 2023). She also is coauthor of Public Health Law, 3d Ed. (with Mariner, Annas & Ulrich, 2019). She has authored many book chapters, 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, Health Affairs, New England Journal of Medicine, and JAMA. 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. In 2022, she became the Research Director for the Joint Editorial Board on Health Law for the Uniform Law Commission.

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 Sunday Times, and Modern Healthcare.

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 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 was a Bioethics Associate at the 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
  • SPHPH719


  • 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.

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  • Published on 12/9/2022

    Huberfeld, N. Medicaid, the Supreme Court, and Safe Care for Nursing Home Residents. JAMA Online First. 2022.

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  • Published on 11/9/2022

    Huberfeld N. & McClain L.C. In first nationwide election since Roe was overturned, voters opt to protect abortion access. The Conversation. 2022.

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  • Published on 9/1/2022

    Huberfeld N., Gordon S.G., Jones D.K. American Public Health Federalism and the Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic, in COVID-19, INTERNAL BORDERS AND REGIONAL GOVERNANCE. Beylier & Molinari, eds. 2022. 2022.

  • Published on 6/30/2022

    Huberfeld N. Returning regulation to the states, and predictable harms to health. SCOTUSBlog. 2022.

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  • Published on 6/24/2022

    Huberfeld N. & McClain L.C. Roe overturned: What you need to know about the Supreme Court abortion decision, The Conversation. 2022.

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  • Published on 4/11/2022

    Rosenbaum S., Huberfeld N., Casoni M., et al. When Should An 1115 Medicaid Expansion Experiment be Approved? Considering The Case Of Georgia Pathways. Health Affairs Forefront. 2022.

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  • Published on 4/11/2022

    Nicole Huberfeld. Demonstrating Tension Between State And Federal Power In Medicaid: The Price Of Georgia’s Waiver Fight. Health Affairs Forefront. 2022.

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  • Published on 1/1/2022

    National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine; Health and Medicine Division; National Cancer Policy Forum; Board on Health Care Services; Francis Amankwah, Erin Balogh, Melissa Maitin-Shepard, and Sharyl Nass, Rapporteurs. The Impact of the Affordable Care Act on Cancer Prevention and Cancer Care: Proceedings of a Workshop. 2022.

  • Published on 4/1/2021

    Miller EA, Huberfeld N, Jones DK. Pursuing Medicaid Block Grants with the Healthy Adult Opportunity Initiative: Dressing Up Old Ideas in New Clothes. J Health Polit Policy Law. 2021 04 01; 46(2):357-374. PMID: 32955558.

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