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Jason A Smith, MTS, JD Faculty Profile

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Jason  A  Smith, MTS, JD

Chair, Associate Professor

Department of Health Sciences

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Mr. Smith's research interests are in public health law. His recent work explores public health law issues in the areas of the First Amendment and, more locally, California's approach the the health effects of climate change. He is also interested the history of public health in the United States, particularly the history of the AIDS epidemic and the gay community.

  • JD, Northeastern University School of Law
  • MTS, Harvard University
  • BS, University of Tulsa
Spring Semester 2020
Course #SecCourse TitleDaysFromToLocationCampus
HSC 11001Health Syst Social DeterminantMW9:30AM10:45AMWEB-ONLINEOnline Campus

Smith, J. A. (2019). "Keith Haring, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Wolfgang Tillmans, and the AIDS Epidemic: The Use of Visual Art in a Health Humanities Course." Journal of Medical Humanities 40(2): 181-198.

Parmet, W. E., Berman, M., Smith, J.A. (2018). "The Supreme Court’s Crisis Pregnancy Center Case—Implications for Health Law." New England Journal of Medicine 379(16): 1489-1491.

Smith, J. A. (2018). "Public Health, Governance, and the Anthropocene." Hous. J. Health L. & Pol'y 18: 169.

Parmet, Wendy E. and Smith, Jason A., Free Speech and Public Health: Unraveling the Commercial-Professional Speech Paradox (2017). Ohio State Law Journal, Vol. 78, No. 4, pp. 887-915 (2017)

Stanton, Michael V., and Jason A. Smith. "Law, Stigma, and Meaning: Implications for Obesity and HIV Prevention." The Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics 45, no. 4 (2017): 492-501.

Ganesh, C., and J. A. Smith. "Climate Change, Public Health, and Policy: A California Case Study." Am J Public Health (Oct 26 2017): e1-e6.

Ganesh, C., & Smith, J. (2017). Using Multiple High-Impact Practices to Reduce Bottlenecks and Improve Student Learning in an Undergraduate Health Science Program. Journal of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, 17(2), 74-84. 

Smith, Jason A., Jason Vargo, and Sara Pollock Hoverter. "Climate Change and Public Health Policy." The Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics 45, no. 1_suppl (2017): 82-85

Parmet, W. E., Smith, J. A., & Miller, M. J. (2017). Physicians, Firearms, and Free Speech — Overturning Florida’s Firearm-Safety Gag Rule. New England Journal of Medicine.

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.

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.

College of Science, Collaborative Research Award, “Climate Change in Tulare County,” 2018 – 2019 (Chandrakala Ganesh and Jason Smith, Principal Investigators) $3000.00

National Endowment for the Humanities, “Faculty Seminar to Develop Interdisciplinary Religious Studies Programming,” 2017 – 2018, Principal Investigator, Christopher Moreman, Department of Philosophy, CSUEB (Project Participant), $99,932.61. 

National Science Foundation, San Jose State University, “Collaborative Research: A Technology Pathway Program in Data Technology and Applications,” 2016 – 2019 (Co-PI; PI Jiaofei Zhong, CSUEB Computer Science Department), $99,999.23.

Office of the Chancellor CSU, Sustaining Success Program, 2016- 2017(Project Leader with Chandra Ganesh), $4,688.00

Office of the Chancellor CSU, Promising Practices Program, Redesign of HSC 3300, HSC 3350, HSC 3550, 2014 - 2015. (Project Leader with Chandra Ganesh), $25,340.00

UCHC Performance Enhancement Project, Feasibility of Teaching Public Health Law in MPH Programs with Two Courses. 2011 – 2013. (Project Director). 2011 - 2012

UCHC Performance Enhancement Project, Using Backward Curriculum Design to Teach Health Reform in the Graduate Medical Education Program. (Project Director). 2011 - 2012

New England Genetics Collaborative Innovative Project, “Assessing the Implications of the Affordable Care Act for Access to Genetic Medical Services in the New England States” 2011 – 2012 (Principal Investigator)

B Free CEED and Massachusetts Asian and Pacific Islanders for Health, “New England Asian Health Improvement Coalition” 2010 – 2011 (Consultant).

Public Health Policy to Support Sexual Minority Youth of Color: A Mixed Methods Study of the Policy-Making Process. 2009 – 2011. (Principal Investigator, Department Funded).

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Healthy Eating Research Program, “Analyzing legal factors influencing the food environment in extracurricular and other school-related setting outside school administration control.” 2007 – 2009. (Principal Investigator).

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Healthy Eating Research Program, “Improving the school food environment: legal obstacles and opportunities.” 2006 – 2007 (Principal Investigator).

Academic Senate, Vice Chair 2018 - current.

Strategic Enrollment Subcommittee, Member. 2017 - current

Committee on Academic Planning and Review, Member, 2014 - 2018; Chair 2016 - 2018

Faculty-in-Residence, Ethics Learning Outcome Assessment, Faculty Learning Community, CSU East Bay. 2014 - 2015

American Public Health Association, 2003 - current.

Co-Chair, Topic Committee on Climate Change and Health, 2016 -2017
Immediate Past Chair, Law Section, 2016 - 2018
Chair, Law Section, November 2014 – 2016
Member, Ad Hoc Committee on Executive Committee Policy, 2014
Chair-Elect, Law Section, 2011 – 2014
Governing Council Member, 2010 – 2013
Action Board, 2010 – 2011
Communications Chair, Health Law SPIG, 2010 – 2011
Member, Health Law SPIG, 2003 – 2010

Fellow, Executive Leadership Academy, Goldman School of Public Policy, Center for Studies in Higher Education, UC Berkeley

Certificate in Strategic Foresight, University of Houston

Observer, Study Committee on Declarations of Quarantine, Uniform Law Commission, 2016 - current.

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