Instructor Profiles

Peter D. Jacobson, JD, MPH

Peter D. Jacobson

Peter D. Jacobson, JD, MPH, is Professor of Health Law and Policy, and Director, Center for Law, Ethics, and Health, at the University of Michigan School of Public Health. He teaches courses on health law, public health law, and health care regulations. Before coming to the University of Michigan, Professor Jacobson was a senior behavioral scientist at the RAND Corporation in Santa Monica, California.

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).

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. Currently, he is the Principal Investigator (PI) on studies examining how public health practitioners define and resolve day-to-day ethical challenges, 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 by Peter D. Jacobson