Assistant Professor of Family Medicine, Assistant Professor of Health Services, Policy and Practice


Elizabeth Tobin-Tyler, JD, MA, is Assistant Professor of Family Medicine at the Alpert Medical School and of Health Services, Policy and Practice at the Brown University School of Public Health. At the Alpert Medical School, she co-directs courses in Health Systems Science for medical students and graduate students. She teaches in the areas of health policy, health equity and public health law and ethics. Her research focuses on the role of law and policy in the social determinants of health, community-based and health system interventions that address health disparities, and interprofessional medical-legal education.

Ms. Tobin-Tyler is a national expert in the development of medical-legal partnerships, which integrate medicine, public health and legal services to identify, address and prevent health-harming social and legal needs of patients, clinics and populations. She is senior editor and a contributor to the first textbook on the topic, Poverty, Health and Law: Readings and Cases for Medical-Legal Partnership, published in 2011. In 2013, she was awarded the Distinguished Advocate award by the National Center for Medical-Legal Partnership for her work in promoting the medical-legal partnership model and for developing interprofessional medical-legal education. In 2014, Ms. Tobin-Tyler was selected as a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Future of Public Health Law Education Faculty Fellow. Her recent book, Essentials of Health Justice (Jones and Bartlett Learning, 2018) focuses on the structural and legal determinants of health.


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