Professor and Director of the Hirsh Health Law and Policy Program, Department of Health Policy & Management
School: Milken Institute School of Public Health
Department: Health Policy and Management
Joel Teitelbaum is Professor of Health Policy, Director of the Hirsh Health Law and Policy Program, and Co-Principal Investigator of the National Center for Medical-Legal Partnership. He also carries a faculty appointment in the GW School of Law, and for 11 years he served as Vice Chair for Academic Affairs in the Department of Health Policy and Management. In addition to his training in health law from GW Law, he holds a certificate in Sustainable Management from Duke University, and he completed a postgraduate course of study in International Human Rights Law through the Human Rights Law Centre at England’s University of Nottingham School of Law.
Professor Teitelbaum has taught law, graduate, or undergraduate courses on health care law, health care civil rights, public health law, minority health policy, and long-term care law and policy, and he has received numerous teaching awards: In 2009, he became the first member of the School of Public Health faculty to receive the University-wide Bender Teaching Award; he is a member of the GW Academy of Distinguished Teachers; he is a recipient of the School’s Excellence in Teaching Award; he was an inaugural member of the School’s Academy of Master Teachers; he was inducted in 2007 into the ASPH/Pfizer Public Health Academy of Distinguished Teachers; and he has been named one of the “Stars” of undergraduate teaching at GW by an undergraduate leadership group. He has delivered more than 100 invited lectures/presentations at leading universities and national conferences.
Professor Teitelbaum is co-author of both Essentials of Health Policy and Law, Fifth Edition (2023) and Essentials of Health Justice: Law, Policy, and Structural Change, Second Edition (2023). He has authored or co-authored dozens of peer-reviewed articles and reports in addition to many book chapters, policy briefs, and blogs on law as a driver of health, health equity, civil rights issues in health care, health reform and its implementation, medical-legal partnership, and insurance law and policy, and he has directed many health law and policy research projects (including projects sponsored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Kresge Foundation, Kaiser Permanente, the D.C. Department of Health, the Commonwealth Fund, the Bob Woodruff Foundation, the Public Welfare Foundation, the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation’s Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured, the Center for Health Care Strategies, the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration, and the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration). In 2000, 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.
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 GW SPH 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 a GW SPH task force to develop a student anti-mistreatment policy.
In 2016, during President Obama’s second term, Professor Teitelbaum became the first lawyer named to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary’s Advisory Committee on National Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Objectives (a.k.a. “Healthy People”), the national agenda aimed at improving the health of all Americans over a 10-year span. He serves as a member of the Board of Advisors of PREPARE, a national advanced care planning organization, and on multiple committees of the American Bar Association: as a liaison to the Task Force on Eviction, Housing Stability, and Equity; as an advisor to the Coordinating Committee on Veterans Benefits and Services; and as a member of the Advisory Board of the Public Health Legal Services Research Project in the Center for Human Rights. Previously, he served 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; 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.