The Health Law and Policy Program
The program mobilizes academic resources and works with lawmakers and other professionals in medicine, business, and law to accomplish three goals:
- First, inform lawmakers, public officials, and professionals, and assist them with active health policy issues.
- Second, educate and motivate students to become involved with the improvement of health care delivery.
- Third, engage and educate the public at large on critical issues about health care.
Rather than observe health care issues after the fact, the Health Law and Policy Program anticipates vital issues as they emerge and develops the expertise and resources to participate directly with them. Students in the program will be trained with the knowledge and experience to engage effectively with health care public policy in their careers.
The founding director of the Health Law and Policy Program, Professor Mark Hall is one of the nation’s leading scholars in the areas of health care law, public policy, and bioethics. The author or editor of 20 books, including Making Medical Spending Decisions (Oxford University Press), and Health Care Law and Ethics (Aspen), he is currently engaged in research in the areas of health care reform, access to care by the uninsured, and insurance regulation. Professor Hall has published scholarship in the law reviews at Berkeley, Chicago, Duke, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Stanford universities, and his articles have been reprinted in a dozen casebooks and anthologies. He also teaches in the university’s Graduate Program for Bioethics and its MBA program, and he is on the research faculty at the Medical School. Professor Hall regularly consults with government officials, foundations and think tanks about health care public policy issues.
Edwin Shoaf (’14), a recent Wake Forest School of Law graduate, has been chosen as the program’s initial administrator and research fellow. Mr. Shoaf was recently the lead author of a policy brief discussing Medicaid Reform in North Carolina which was featured in the Charlotte Observer, and Bloomberg Business. he is currently involved in research in the areas of health care reform, Medicaid expansion, and the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.