Tina Batra Hershey, JD, MPH

Associate Professor, Health Policy and Management

Co-Director, Multidisciplinary Master of Public Health

Affiliated 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 Associate Professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health and an Affiliated Professor at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, where she teaches courses on health care fraud, abuse, and compliance; health law and ethics; and health policy and management in public health. She is also the Co-Director of the Multidiscplinary Master of Public Health program. At Carnegie Mellon University’s Heinz College, she is an adjunct instructor of Health Law.

Her current and recent projects include enhancing tribal legal preparedness for public health emergencies through the Tribal Legal Preparedness Project; co-authoring public health emergency law manuals and bench books for the District of Columbia and Louisiana; and using legal epidemiology to examine the impact of laws and policies related to infectious disease outbreaks and natural disasters. Her research interests also include law and policy issues associated with the delivery and quality of health care services, health equity, and the social determinants of health. Before coming to Pitt Public Health, she was a health care attorney in Washington, D.C., and Pittsburgh. 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 2001, Health Policy and Management in Public Heath

HPM 2130, Health Law and Ethics

HPM 2134, Health Care Fraud, Abuse, and Compliance

LAW 2061, Legal Aspects of Health Care Compliance

LAW 5673/2673, Health Care Fraud Abuse, and Compliance Seminar


Research Interests

The impact of law and policy on delivery and quality of health care services, health equity and the social determinants of health; public health emergency law and tribal legal preparedness; legal epidemiology; health care fraud, abuse, and compliance.

Selected Publications

1. Chalasani R, Hershey TB, Gellad, WF. Cost and Access Implications of Defining CAR-T Therapy as a Drug. JAMA Health Forum2020;1(7):e200868. doi:10.1001/jamahealthforum.2020.0868

2. Hernandez I, Hershey TB, Donohue JM. Drug Shortages in the United States: Are Some Prices Too Low? JAMA. 2020;323(9):819-820. doi:10.1001/jama.2019.20504

3. Deveraj S, Stewart A, Baumann S, Elias TI, Hershey TB, Barinas-Mitchell E, Gary-Webb TL. Changes Over Time in Disparities in Health Behaviors and Outcomes by Race in Allegheny County: 2009-2015 [published online ahead of print January 31, 2020]. J Racial Ethnic Health Disp.  doi: 10.1007/s40615-020-00705-x

4. Kahn JM, Davis BS, Yabes JG, Chang CH, Chong DH, Hershey TB, Martsolf GR, Angus DC. Association between State-Mandated Protocolized Sepsis Care and In-Hospital Mortality Among Adults with Sepsis. JAMA. 2019;322(3):240-250. doi:10.1001/jama.2019.9021

5. Hershey TB. Collaborating with Sovereign Tribal Nations to Legally Prepare for Public Health Emergencies. J Law Med and Ethics. 2019;47(S2): 55-58. 2019 doi: 10.1177/1073110519857318 

6. 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).

7. 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].

8. 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.

9. 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.

10. 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.

11. Potter MA, Brown ST, Sweeney PM, Hershey TB, Cooley PC, Gleason SM, Lee BY, Keane CR, Grefenstette J, Burke DS.  School Closure as an Influenza Mitigation Strategy: How Variations in Legal Authority and Plan Criteria Can Alter the Impact.  BMC Public Health.  2012, 12:977. doi: 10.1186/1471-2458-12-977



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