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


Elizabeth Tobin-Tyler, JD, MA, is Associate Professor of Health Services, Policy and Practice at the Brown University School of Public Health and of Family Medicine and Medical Science at the Alpert Medical School. She teaches in the areas of health policy, health justice, public health law and biomedical and public health ethics. Her research and writing focus on the structural and legal determinants of health and health inequity, public health law and policy, reproductive justice and maternal and child health disparities, poverty and social safety nets, and interprofessional health justice education.

Ms. Tobin-Tyler is an international expert in the development of medical-legal partnerships, which integrate healthcare, public health and legal services to identify, address and prevent health-harming social and legal needs of underserved patients 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. She is co-author with Joel Teitelbaum of Essentials of Health Justice: Law, Policy and Structural Change, 2nd edition (Jones and Bartlett Learning, 2022), which focuses on the structural and legal determinants of health injustice. She has published numerous articles, including in The New England Journal of MedicineAmerican Journal of Public Health, American Journal of Preventive Medicine, Academic Medicine, Public Health Reports, The Lancet, Health Affairs, The Harvard Journal of Health and Human Rights, Journal of Legal Medicine, Journal of Law, Medicine and Ethics, Journal of Health and Biomedical Law, Journal of Health Care Law and Policy, and The Georgetown Journal of Legal Ethics.

She has been selected for several fellowships and honors, including as a postgraduate fellow in public policy by the A. Alfred Taubman Center at Brown, as a Bray Visiting Scholar at the Cogut Center for Humanities at Brown, and as a Public Health Law Education faculty fellow by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. In 2018-2019, she was a fellow at the Law, Health, Justice Centre at the University of Technology in Sydney, Australia. In 2023, she was selected by the National Academy of Medicine for the Emerging Leaders in Health and Medicine Program.


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