Tina Batra Hershey, JD, MPH

Assistant Professor, Health Policy and Management

Associate Director of Law and Policy, Center for Public Health Practice

Adjunct Professor, University of Pittsburgh School of Law


130 DeSoto Street, A734 Crabtree
R-znvy: gou61@cvgg.rqh
Primary Phone: 967-838-7774
Fax: 967-838-7773

Personal Statement

Tina Batra Hershey, JD, MPH is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health and an Adjunct Professor at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, where she teaches courses on health care compliance, health law and ethics, and health care fraud. Specific course topics include health care reform, professional and institutional liability, medical staff credentialing, fraud and abuse, development and implementation of corporate compliance plans, risk management, privacy and security, and antitrust. Ms. Hershey is also the Associate Director of Law and Policy at the Center for Public Health Practice at Pitt Public Health. At Carnegie Mellon University’s Heinz College, she is an Adjunct Instructor of Health Law.

Ms. Hershey is actively involved in state and national programs involving legal preparedness, as well as efforts to enhance Tribal legal preparedness for public health emergencies.  She is a frequent national speaker on legal preparedness issues and has co-authored two public health emergency law manuals and bench books. Her research interests also include law and policy issues related to the delivery and quality of health care services, as well as health equity and the social determinants of health.

Before coming to Pitt Public Health, Ms. Hershey was a health care attorney in Washington, D.C., and Pittsburgh. Her practice included counseling clients regarding contractual issues and federal and state fraud concerns, including anti-kickback, self-referral, false claims, and false billings issues; negotiating civil settlement and corporate integrity agreements; developing and evaluating corporate compliance programs; and conducting health regulatory due diligence. 

Ms. Hershey is a cum laude graduate of Villanova University, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with minors in Biology and History. She participated in a dual degree program at The George Washington University where she earned her a Juris Doctorate (with honors) and a Master of Public Health in Health Policy. She is a member of the Pennsylvania and District of Columbia Bars.


1999, Juris Doctor (with honors), The George Washington University Law School, Washington, DC
1999, Master of Public Health in Health Policy, The George Washington University School of Health and Health Services, Washington, DC
1996, Bachelor of Arts, Psychology (cum laude), Villanova University, Villanova, Pa


HPM 2130, Health Law and Ethics

HPM 2134, Introduction to Health Care Compliance

HPM 2005 Current Issues in Health Law

LAW 5701 Health Care Fraud and Abuse Seminar

LAW 2061, Legal Aspects of Health Care Compliance

Research Interests

Healthcare compliance; the impact of laws and regulations on the delivery and administration of health care services; public health legal preparedness, response and recovery; Tribal public health and emergency preparedness law; the impact of laws and regulations on population health

Selected Publications

Hershey TB. Collaborating with Sovereign Tribal Nations to Legally Prepare for Public Health Emergencies. Journal of Law, Medicine and Ethics (in press).

Van Nostrand E, Hershey TB. "I walk in, sign. I don't have to go through Congress." President Trump's Use of Executive Orders to Unravel the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Journal of Health Law and Policy (in press).

Kahn JM, Rak KJ, Kuza CC, Ashcraft LEA, Barnato AE, Fleck JC, Hershey TB, Hravnak M, Angus DC. Determinants of intensive care unit telemedicine effectiveness: an ethnographic study. Am J Resp Crit Care Med. 2018 Oct 23. doi: 10.1164/rccm.201802-0259OC [epub ahead of print].

Hershey TB and Burke D. Pioneers in computerized legal research: the story of the Pittsburgh System. Pittsburgh J Tech Law & Policy. [S.l.], v. 18, n. 1, Feb. 2018. doi: 10.5195/tlp.2018.212

Rak KJ, Kuza CC, Ashcraft LE, Morrison PK, Angus DC, Barnato Am, Hravnak M, Hershey TB, and Kahn JM. Identifying strategies for effective telemedicine use in intensive care units: the ConnECCT study. Int’l J Qual Meth. 2017:16;1. doi: 10.1177/1609406917733387

Hershey TB and Kahn JM. State sepsis mandates - a new era for regulation of hospital quality. N Engl J Med. 2017:376:2311-2313. doi: 10.1056/NEJMp1611928.

Hershey TB, Pryde JA, Mwaungulu GS Jr, Phifer VI, Rozsak AR. Putting the law into practice: a comparison of isolation and quarantine as tools to control TB and Ebola. J Public Health Manag Pract. 2017 Mar/Apr;23(2):e25-e31. doi: 10.1097/PHH.0000000000000327.

Hershey TB, Van Nostrand E, Sood RK, Potter M. Legal Considerations for Health Care Practitioners After Superstorm Sandy. Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness. 2016 Jun;10(3):518-24. doi: 10.1017/dmp.2016.



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