Jason A. Smith, MTS, JD
1995 B.A., English Literature, University of Tulsa
1998 M.T.S., Ethics, Harvard Divinity School
2003 J.D., Law, Northeastern University School of Law
Brief Chronology of Professional Career
After completing his law degree, Mr. Smith worked on
projects at the intersection of law and public health with a
focus on childhood obesity serving as Assoc. Executive
Director of the Public Health Advocacy Inst. at Northeastern
Law School. In 2008, he joined the faculty of the Health
Center. Mr. Smith has consulted and written broadly in the
area of health law with a focus on public health.
Mr. Smith's responsiblities include teaching, research,
and service on the Dempsey Hospital Ethics Committee. Mr.
Smith is also the UCHC advisor for the joint JD/MPH degree
offered with UCONN Law School.
Mr. Smith teaches and lectures in the Medical School and
Law and public health generally; role of law in individual
behavior change; law, norms and public health in complex
regulatory systems; childhood obesity; regulation of digital
environments for public health; impact of law on clinical
Co-PI, "Analyzing legal factors influencing the
food environment in extracurricular and other
school-related settings outside school
administration control", Healthy Eating Research,
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
Training Individuals in Public Health Law, 36 J. L. MED. &
ETHICS 50 (2008).
Mapping School Food: A Policy Guide
(Public Health Advocacy Institute, rel. Nov. 2007)(with
Application of Law to the Childhood
Obesity Epidemic, 35 J. L. MED. & ETHICS 90 (2007) (with
Alderman, Daynard, Fried.
Health Legislation Trends in the
United States of America, 2001-2005, prepared for the Pan
American Health Organization/World Health Organization
(2006), available at,
Setting the Stage for Public Health: The Role of Litigation
in Controlling Obesity, 28 U. ARK. LITTLE ROCK L. REV. 443
Free Speech and Public Health: A Population-Based
Approach to the First Amendment, 39 LOY. L.A. L. REV. 363
(2006) (with Parmet).
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