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Elizabeth Van Nostrand

Director, JD/MPH Program, Graduate School of Public Health
Associate Director for Law and Policy, Center for Public Health Practice
Assistant Professor, Department of Health Policy and Management
Affiliated Professor, School of Law


Elizabeth Van Nostrand's research interests are in the areas of unconventional shale gas development, public health systems, Medicaid and the Affordable Care Act and emergency preparedness. Her recent and current projects include researching the public health system with respect to emergency preparedness and response, integrating traditional legal analysis with social networking principles, analyzing the public health implications of hydraulic fracturing, co-authoring the Pennsylvania Public Health Law Bench Book, and investigating laws governing infectious diseases outbreaks as part of the MIDAS National Center of Excellence.

Elizabeth Van Nostrand is a Robert Wood Johnson Public Health Law fellow. She is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management at Pitt Public Health, an Adjunct Professor in the University of Pittsburgh's School of Law, and the Director of the JD/MPH program. She currently teaches Public Health Law and Ethics in both schools, and is a frequent lecturer on emergency preparedness and the public health implications of hydraulic fracturing. Previously, she was an attorney specializing in litigation with the United States Department of Agriculture in Washington, DC, with Thompson & Knight in Dallas, Texas, and with several small law firms in New Orleans, Louisiana. She is an active member of the Louisiana Bar.

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Elizabeth Van Nostrand has served as a reviewer for the American Journal of Public Health, as an Expert Panelist for the Public Health Law Surveillance and Research Committee, and as an Expert Working Group Member for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Law Based Competency Committee.

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