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Nicole Huberfeld

Professor of Health Law and Professor of Law, Boston University

Nicole Huberfeld is Edward R. Utley Professor of Health Law at the School of Public Health and Professor of Law at the School of Law. Her scholarship explores the cross-section of health law and constitutional law with emphasis on health reform, federalism in health care (especially Medicaid) and public health, federal spending power, and reproductive rights. She authored the first new casebook on health care law in a generation, The Law of American Health Care, with Elizabeth Weeks at University of Georgia School of Law and Kevin Outterson, executive director of CARB-X and N. Neal Pike Scholar in Health and Disability Law at BU Law, and a third edition is forthcoming in 2023. She also is coauthor of Public Health Law, 3d Ed. (with Mariner, Annas & Ulrich, 2019).

Huberfeld's article, Federalizing Medicaid, was cited by the US Supreme Court in the first Affordable Care Act decision, NFIB v. Sebelius. Her work has been cited by the Delaware Supreme Court, federal district courts, in briefs to the US Supreme Court, and by federal agencies. She published a major five-year study in Stanford Law Review studying federalism in implementation of the ACA (with co-author Abbe Gluck, Professor of Law and Director of the Solomon Center for Health Law and Policy at Yale Law School) and has published in national and international journals including Stanford Law Review, New England Journal of Medicine, Harvard Law & Policy Review, Boston College Law Review, Yale Journal of Health Policy, Law & Ethics, University of Chicago Law Review, Boston University Law Review, University of Pennsylvania Journal of Constitutional Law, Health Affairs, and Vanderbilt Journal of Entertainment & Technology Law. She has been interviewed by media such as the Washington Post, New York Times, NPR, Congressional Quarterly, Huffington Post, National Law Journal, Mother Jones, Law 360, Politico, Vice News, Newsweek, Time, The Sunday Times, and Modern Healthcare. She recently became the Research Director for the Joint Editorial Board on Health Law for the Uniform Law Commission.

In 2019, Huberfeld won the Excellence in Teaching Award for teaching in the Core at BUSPH. In 2021, she was nominated for the Melton Teaching Award at BU School of Law, and in 2022 she was nominated for the Petit Teaching Award at the Law School.

Prior to joining the BU faculty, Huberfeld taught courses on constitutional law, health care organizations and finance, bioethical issues in the law, and a health law and policy seminar at the University of Kentucky College of Law and was a Bioethics Associate at the College of Medicine. Huberfeld won the College of Law Duncan Teaching Award in 2008. Previously, she taught at Seton Hall University School of Law as well as created and directed the health care compliance certification program there. Huberfeld also practiced health law in New York and New Jersey before entering academia.


  • –present
    Professor of Health Law, Ethics & Human Rights and Professor of Law, Boston University


  • 1998 
    Seton Hall Law, J.D.