Jason A Smith, MTS, JD

Assistant Professor, Associate Chair

Department of Nursing & Health Sciences

(510) 885-3473
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Tuesdays, 12:45 - 1:45; Wednesdays, 10:00 - 12:00
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Professional Focus

Mr. Smith is an expert in public health law and focuses on problems in jurisprudence and ethics in public health law. He is particularly interested in ethical and legal issues in the distribution of health inequalities in societies and has a growing interest in climate change and public health law. He is also interested the history of public health in the United States. He has worked on public health law problems in obesity and food policy; school bullying; and health disparities facing East Asian communities. He is the Chair of the Law Section of the American Public Health Association.


  • JD, Northeastern University School of Law
  • MTS, Harvard University


Not teaching this quarter.


Parmet, W. E., Smith, J. A., & Miller, M. J. (2016). Wollschlaeger v. Governor of Florida — The First Amendment, Physician Speech, and Firearm Safety. New England Journal of Medicine. http://doi.org/10.1056/NEJMp1605740

Smith, J. A. (2008). Training Individuals in Public Health Law. The Journal of law, medicine & ethics : a journal of the American Society of Law, Medicine & Ethics, 36, 50-60.

Alderman, J., Smith, J. A., Fried, E. J., & Daynard, R. A. (2007). Application of law to the childhood obesity epidemic. The Journal of law, medicine & ethics : a journal of the American Society of Law, Medicine & Ethics, 35, 90-112.

Smith, J. A. (2006). Setting the Stage for Public Health: The Role of Litigation in Controlling Obesity. University of Arkansas Little Rock Law Review, 28, 443.

Parmet, W. E., & Smith, J. A. (2006). Free Speech and Public Health: A Population-Based Approach to the First Amendment. Loyola of Los Angeles Law Review, 39(1), 363-446.

Kelley, B., & Smith, J. A. (2004). Legal approaches to the obesity epidemic: an introduction. Journal of public health policy, 25, 346-352.

Weiss, R. I., Hayne, C. L., & Smith, J. A. (2004). Legislative Approaches to the Obesity Epidemic. J Public Health Pol, 25(3/4), 379-390.


Committee on Academic Planning and Review, Chair 2016 - 2017.

Strategic Enrollment Subcommittee, Member.

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