Peter D. Jacobson, J.D., M.P.H.

Peter Jacobson

Professor of Health Law and Policy

Director, Center for Law, Ethics, and Health

President, Public Health Law Association

1415 Washington Heights      Vcard icon
3611A SPH Tower
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109-2029

Office: (734) 936-0928; Fax: (734) 764-4338

E-mail: pdj@umich.edu

Website(s): Center for Law, Ethics, and Health

Curriculum Vitae (PDF)

Professional Summary

Peter D. Jacobson is Professor of Health Law and Policy in the Department of Health Management and Policy, University of Michigan School of Public Health, and Director, Center for Law, Ethics, and Health. He received his law degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law in 1970, and a Masters in Public Health from UCLA in 1988. Before coming to the University of Michigan, he was Senior Behavioral Scientist at RAND from 1988 to 1996. His current research interests focus on the relationship between law and health care delivery and policy, law and public health systems, and health care safety net services.

In 1995, he received an Investigator Award in Health Policy Research from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to examine the role of the courts in shaping health care policy. The project culminated in the publication of the book Strangers in the Night: Law and Medicine in the Managed Care Era (Oxford University Press, 2002). Jacobson co-authored a law school casebook with Lawrence O. Gostin titled Law and the Health System (Foundation Press, 2005), and is also a co-author of False Hope vs. Evidence-Based Medicine: The Story of a Failed Treatment for Breast Cancer (Oxford University Press, 2007).  He is currently the Associate Editor for Health Law and Public Health for the Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law.

Professor Jacobson's current research interests focus on the relationship between law and health care delivery, law and public health systems, public health ethics, and health care safety net services. For instance, he has led recent studies examining public health entrepreneurship, the impact of state and federal law on public health preparedness, and enhancing organizational and operational efficiencies in Michigan's health care safety net providers.

Courses Taught

HMP615: Introduction to Public Health Policy    Syllabus (PDF)
HMP652: Health Law    Syllabus (PDF)
HMP659: Health Care Regulation
PUBHLTH600: Cross-Disciplinary Approaches to Public Health Challenges

Education

J.D., University of Pittsburgh School of Law, 1970
M.P.H., Health Services, University of California Los Angeles, 1988
A.B., History, Dickinson College, 1967

Research Interests & Projects

Network for Public Health Law, Mid-States Region
Sponsor: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Assessing the Impact of Federal and State Law on Public Health Preparedness
Sponsor: CDC

Public Health Entrepreneurship
Sponsor: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Health Care Financing and Organizations Program through Academy Health

Enhancing Organizational and Operational Efficiencies in Michigan's Health Care Safety Net Providers
Sponsor: Center for Healthcare Research and Transformation

Evaluation of an Innovative Policy to Reduce DUI Recidivism
Sponsor: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Substance Abuse Research Program

Selected Publications

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Jacobson, P.D., Wasserman, J., Botoseneanu, A., Silverstein, A., & Wu, H.W. (2012). The role of law in public health preparedness: Opportunities and challenges. Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law, 37, 297-328.

Jacobson, P.D., Napiewocki, L.M., & Voigt, L.A. (2011). Regulating the U.S. health care system: Failure in motion. Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law., 36, 583-589.

Jacobson, P.D., & Jazowski, S. (2011). Physicians, the Affordable Care Act and primary care: Disruptive change or business as usual? Journal of General Internal Medicine, 26, 934-937.

Botoseneanu, A., Wu, H. Wasserman, J. Jacobson, P.D. (2011). Achieving public health legal preparedness: How dissonant views on public health law threaten emergency preparedness and response. Journal of Public Health, 33(3), 361-368.

Gostin, L.O., Jacobson, P.D., Record, K., & Hardcastle, L. (2011). Restoring health to health reform: Integrating medicine and public health to advance the population's well-being. University of Pennsylvania Law Review, 159, 101-147.

Jacobson, P.D., & Gostin, L.O. (2010). Restoring health to health reform. Journal of the American Medical Association, 304, 85-86.

Jacobson, P.D., & Gostin, L.O. (2010). Distracted driving: Regulation and education to avert traffic injuries and fatalities. Journal of the American Medical Association, 303, 1419-1420.

Jacobson, P.D., & Mathur, S. K. (2010). Health law 2010: It's not all about the money. American Journal of Law and Medicine, 36, 389-404.

Jacobson, P.D., & Lauer, J.R. (2010). Health reform 2010: Incremental advance or radical transformation? Arizona State Law Review, 42(4), 1277-1296.

Jacobson, P.D., & Neumann, P.J. (2009). A Framework to Measure the Value of Public Health Services. Health Services Research (HSR), 44(5), 1880-1896.

Professional Affiliations

President, Public Health Law Association
Board of Editors, Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law
Associate Editor for Health Law and Public Health, Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law
Academy Health
American Public Health Association
American Health Lawyers Association