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Robert I. Field

Director of J.D.-Master of Public Health Program

Professor of Law

Professor of Health Management and Policy, School of Public Health

Professor Robert Field

Contact

Office: School of Law, Room 273
Email
Phone: 215.571.4810
Fax: 215.571.4712

Administrative Support:
Alanna Bridgett
Email
Phone: 215.571.4708

Biography

Robert Field is a nationally recognized expert in health care regulation and its role in implementing public policy. He holds a joint appointment as professor of health management and policy at Drexel's School of Public Health. He is also a lecturer in health care management at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and a senior fellow of Penn’s Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics.

Professor Field is the author of "Mother of Invention: How the Government Created 'Free-Market' Health Care," published in 2013 by Oxford University Press, which presents a historical overview of government programs in creating and maintaining the health care system and places health reform in the context of an ongoing evolutionary process. He is also the author of "Health Care Regulation in America: Complexity, Confrontation and Compromise," a comprehensive overview of health care regulation, also published by Oxford University Press. 

His recent scholarly work has focused on health reform and its effects on the structure of the health care system, ethical issues in vaccines and policy implications of genetic databases. His work has appeared in the University of Pennsylvania Law Review, Villanova Law Review, the Drexel Law Review, Health Affairs, Vaccine and the Journal of Clinical Oncology. He writes a blog for the Philadelphia Inquirer on health policy, entitled "The Field Clinic," which features 14 prominent Philadelphia health care leaders as regular contributors. 

Before joining the Drexel faculty, Professor Field founded and chaired the Department of Health Policy and Public Health at University of Sciences in Philadelphia, where he was also professor of health policy. Previously, he led business planning and development for the primary care network of the University of Pennsylvania Health System. He has also conducted health policy research at the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences and the Center for Law and Health Sciences at Boston University, practiced health law with the Philadelphia firm of Ballard Spahr, LLP, and directed public policy research for Cigna Corporation.

Professor Field earned his J.D. at the Columbia University School of Law, where he was associate editor of the Columbia Journal of Environmental Law.

Education

J.D., Columbia University School of Law
Ph.D., Boston University
M.P.H., Harvard University School of Public Health
A.B., magna cum laude, Harvard College

Scholarship

Curriculum Vitae [PDF]
Publications

Courses

  • Health Law II: Reg. Cost and Access
  • Health Policy Colloquium
  • Nonprofit Organizations
  • Public Health Law

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