Elizabeth Tobin-Tyler, JD, MA, is Assistant Professor of Family Medicine at the Alpert Medical School and of Health Services, Policy and Practice at the Brown University School of Public Health. At the Medical School, she also serves as the Co-Director of the Scholarly Concentration in Advocacy and Activism. She teaches in the areas of health policy, health equity and public health law and ethics. Her research focuses on the role of law and policy in the social determinants of health, community-based and health system interventions that address health disparities, and interprofessional medical-legal education.


Ms. Tobin Tyler is a national expert in the development of medical-legal partnerships, which integrate medicine, public health and legal services to identify, address and prevent health-harming social and legal needs of patients, clinics and populations. She is senior editor and a contributor to the first textbook on the topic, Poverty, Health and Law: Readings and Cases for Medical-Legal Partnership, published in 2011. In 2013, she was awarded the Distinguished Advocate award by the National Center for Medical-Legal Partnership for her work in promoting the medical-legal partnership model and for developing interprofessional medical-legal education. In 2014, Ms. Tobin Tyler was selected as a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Future of Public Health Law Education Faculty Fellow.


Recent Posts by Elizabeth Tobin Tyler

When Are Laws Strictly Enforced? Criminal Justice, Housing Quality, And Public Health

Selective enforcement practices in low-income communities have given rise to a long overdue discussion about law enforcement interaction with people in low-income neighborhoods. What if these enforcement practices were applied further upstream to proactively target the unsafe housing conditions...