Northeastern University School of Law to Host Conference Examining Individual Choice and Public Health


Are individuals responsible for their own health?

Or does the health of individuals depend upon the health of their communities? And, can we have healthy communities without restricting individual choice? Conflicts between individual choice and collective action underlie many of the most contested and challenging debates relating to health and health care, from the very existence of Obamacare to government responses to the obesity and tobacco epidemics.

This conference will bring together legal and public health scholars and practitioners from across the country to discuss and chart the role of individual choice and public action in response to these —- and many more —-public health debates.

Keynote Speaker
Jon Hanson
Alfred Smart Professor of Law
Director, Project on Law and Mind Sciences
Harvard Law School

Eden Wells
Chief Medical Executive
Michigan Department of Health and Human Services

Conference Details and Registration Info

Friday, April 15, 2016
8:00 am – 4:30 pm

Raytheon Amphitheater
Egan Research Center
Northeastern University
Boston, MA 02115

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About Mark Gottlieb

Mark Gottlieb joined the staff of the Public Health Advocacy Institute in 1993 after graduating from Northeastern University School of Law. His efforts have focused on researching tobacco litigation as a public health strategy as director of the Tobacco Products Liability Project, reducing the harm caused by secondhand tobacco smoke through a variety of legal and policy approaches, fostering scholarship using tobacco industry documents, and, more recently, examining legal and policy approaches to address obesity. He is the Executive Director of the Institute and lives in Cambridge, MA with his wife and three children.