Joel Teitelbaum, J.D., LL.M.

Joel Teitelbaum, J.D., LL.M.

Professor Teitelbaum is an Associate Professor and the Vice Chair for Academic Affairs in the Department of Health Policy. He also serves as Director of the School's Hirsh Health Law and Policy Program and as the co-Principal Investigator of the National Center for Medical-Legal Partnership at GW (

In addition to his current courses, Professor Teitelbaum has taught courses in public health law, minority health policy, and long-term care law and policy. He is a 2009 recipient of the University-wide Bender Teaching Award, he received an SPHHS Excellence in Teaching Award in 2008 for his graduate coursework, and in 2007 Professor Teitelbaum was inducted into the ASPH/Pfizer Public Health Academy of Distinguished Teachers. He has been invited to lecture at top universities including Harvard Medical School, Georgetown University, the University of North Carolina School of Law, Notre Dame Law School, and the Morehouse School of Medicine, and at conferences and meetings of the National Academy of Social Insurance, the National Institutes of Health, the Alliance for Health Reform, the American Public Health Association, the National Center for Medical-Legal Partnership, and others.
Professor Teitelbaum has authored or co-authored many articles, book chapters, policy papers, and reports on civil rights issues in health care, insurance law and policy, health reform and its implementation, and behavioral health care quality, and he is the lead author of Essentials of Health Policy and Law, 2nd Edition (2012), an introductory textbook, and of Essential Readings in Health Policy and Law (2009), a companion to the textbook. He has directed or managed several health law and policy research projects, including ones sponsored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the District of Columbia Department of Health, the Commonwealth Fund, the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation's Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured, the Center for Health Care Strategies, Inc., and the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. In addition, Professor Teitelbaum was co-recipient of The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Investigator Award in Health Policy Research, which he used to explore the creation of a new framework for applying Title VI of the 1964 Civil Rights Act to the modern health care system, In his role as Vice Chair for Academic Affairs, Professor Teitelbaum provides comprehensive oversight and coordination of all the Department's academic activities, including undergraduate and graduate degree programs, fellowship programs, faculty recruitment, curriculum development, faculty teaching development and classroom evaluation processes, and faculty and student support services. Professor Teitelbaum is heavily involved in GW service activities. Among other things, he has served as Chair of the Medical Center Faculty Senate's Executive Committee; Chair of the SPHHS Curriculum Committee; Chair of the Department of Health Policy's Curriculum Committee; Chair of the Department's Appointments, Promotion, and Tenure Committee; Co-Chair of the committee that created and implemented GW's undergraduate Bachelor of Science degree in public health; and Chair of an SPHHS task force to develop a student anti-mistreatment policy. Professor Teitelbaum is a member of Delta Omega, the national honor society recognizing excellence in the field of public health.


Bachelor of Arts (Journalism), University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1991
Juris Doctor, Marquette University, 1996
Master of Laws (Health Law), George Washington University School of Law, 1998


PubH 6362-Civil Rights Issues in Health Care, Department of Health Policy PubH 3136-Health Law, Department of Health Policy (undergraduate course) PubH 6330-Health Services and Law, Department of Health Policy


Professor Teitelbaum's research interests include health care law, health care civil rights, public health law, law and medicine/bioethics, health care quality and health disparities.

Community Service

Professor Teitelbaum serves on the Board of Advisors for Health Leads D.C. (formerly Project HEALTH), part of a national student organization addressing socioeconomic, medical, and environmental causes of poor health in low-income children. He has also served on the Board of Directors of DePaul University College of Law's Center for the Study of Race and Bioethics, which identified health care access barriers among minority populations and shaped public policy to help eliminate those barriers, and on the Council of Advisors for Physician-Parent Caregivers, Inc., which facilitates communication and collaboration between caregivers and parents of children with special health care needs.


  • Health Law
  • Health Law


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Selected Publications