Elizabeth Van Nostrand, JD

Associate Professor, Health Policy and Management

Director, MPH and JD/MPH programs, Health Policy and Management

Interim Director, Center for Public Health Practice

Instructor, School of Law

Instructor, Katz School of Business


A733 Public Health
R-znvy: rinaabfgenaq@cvgg.rqh
Primary Phone: 967-838-7786

Personal Statement

Research Interests: Legal Epidemiology; Public health law and ethics; Emergency preparedness law; Health law; Opioid crisis

Elizabeth Van Nostrand is an Associate Professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management at Pitt Public Health, an Adjunct Professor in the University of Pittsburgh's School of Law, an Instructor in the Katz Executive MBA Program, and the Director of the MPH and JD/MPH programs. She is a former Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Fellow for excellence in public health law education.  She currently teaches Public Health Law and Ethics, Current Issues in Health Law, Health Law, and Law in Public Health Practice - an interdisciplinary, practice-based class. Her recent and current projects include researching the public health system with respect to emergency preparedness and response, integrating traditional legal analysis with social networking principles, analyzing hydraulic fracturing and its impact on the aquifer, co-authoring the Louisiana, DC, and Pennsylvania Public Health Law Bench Books, and investigating laws governing infectious diseases outbreaks as part of the MIDAS National Center of Excellence. Previously, she was an attorney specializing in litigation with the United States Department of Agriculture in Washington, DC, with Thompson & Knight in Dallas, Texas, and with several small law firms in New Orleans, Louisiana. She is an active member of the Louisiana Bar.


2018 - Nominee, Craig Award for Teaching, Graduate School of Public Health, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

2018 - Awardee, Second Gear Award, Innovation Institute, University of Pittsburgh

2018 - Awardee (Honorable Mention), Delta Omega Award, Innovative Public Health Curriculum

2017 - Awardee, First Gear Award, Innovation Institute, University of Pittsburgh

2017 - Nominee, Craig Award for Teaching, Graduate School of Public Health, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

2017 - Awardee, National Partner Award, Medical Reserve Corps, Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, United States Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, DC

2016 - Nominee, Craig Award for Teaching, Graduate School of Public Health, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

2014 - Awardee, Faculty Fellowship for Excellence in Public Health Law Education, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Princeton, New Jersey



Current course offerings:

HPM 2131 - Public Health Law and Ethics

LAW 5089 - Public Health Law

HPM 2133 - Law in Public Health Practice

HPM 2020 and 2021 - Professional Develpment Seminar 

BIND 2070 - Health Law for Managers 

Selected Publications

  1. Burgette JM, Safdari-Sadaloo S, Van Nostrand E. Child dental neglect laws: specifications and repercussion for dentists in 51 jurisdictions. Journal of the American Dental Association. February 2020; 151(2):  pp.98-107. 
  2. Tower C, Van Nostrand E, Misra R, Barnett DJ. Building collective efficacy to support public health workforce development. Journal for Public Health Management and Practice.  April 05, 2019 - Volume Publish Ahead of Print - Issue -doi: 10.1097/PHH.0000000000000987
  3. Van Nostrand E and Hershey TB. “I walk in. I don’t have to go through Congress.” President 
    Trump’s use of Executive Orders to unravel the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. St. Louis University Journal of Health Law and Policy. 2018; 12(1): pp.169-190.
  4. Documet PI, McDonough BL, Van Nostrand E. Engaging stakeholders at every opportunity: the experience of the Emergency Law Inventory (ELI). American Journal of Public Health. November 1, 2018; 108(S5): pp. S394-S395.
  5. Van Nostrand E, Pillai N, Ware A. Inter-jurisdictional variance in US workers’ benefits for emergency response volunteers. American Journal of Public Health. November 1, 2018; 108: pp. S387-S393.
  6. Jarlenski M, Hogan C, Bogen DL, Chang JC, Bodnar LM, Van Nostrand E. Characterization of U.S. state laws requiring health care provider reporting of perinatal substance use. Women’s Health Issues. 2017 May - Jun; 27(3): pp. 264-270. 
  7. Van Nostrand E. Tearing down the silos: an interdisciplinary, practice-based approach to graduate school education. The Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics. March 2016; 44(1): pp. 69-75.

Elizabeth   Van Nostrand