Robert I. Field
Professor of Law
Professor of Health Management and Policy, School of Public Health
Robert Field is a nationally recognized expert on health policy and public health law whose research focuses on ethical issues in managed care, public policy and legal facets of health care reform and genetic screening. He holds a joint appointment as professor of health management and policy at the Drexel School of Public Health.
He is the author of Health Care Regulation in America: Complexity, Confrontation and Compromise, a comprehensive guide to the government's role in regulating health care in the United States published by Oxford University Press. His recent publications include "Government as the Crucible for Free Market Health Care: Regulation, Reimbursement, and Reform," in the University of Pennsylvania Law Review, "A Taxonomy of American Health Care Regulation: Implications for Health Reform," in the Temple Political and Civil Rights Law Review, "A Proposed Ethical Framework for Vaccine Mandates: Competing Values and the Case of HPV" in the Kennedy Institute of Ethics Journal, and "Beyond Drug Coverage: The Cumulative Effect of Privatization Reforms in the Medicare Modernization Act" in the Saint Louis University Journal of Health Law & Policy.
Before joining the faculty of the law school, he taught at University of the Sciences in Philadelphia, where he founded and chaired the Department of Health Policy and Public Health and directed the Graduate Program in Health Policy.
Previously, Professor Field led business planning and development for the primary care network of the University of Pennsylvania Health System, where he was in charge of acquisitions of physician practices that created the network and directed other business development activities. 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 and practiced health law with Ballard Spahr Andrews & Ingersoll in Philadelphia. He is a senior fellow of the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics at the University of Pennsylvania and a member of the adjunct faculty of the Wharton School.
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.
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
Media Coverage and Activities
- Health Law II: Reg. Cost and Access
- Health Policy Colloquium
- Nonprofit Organizations
- Public Health Law