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Dean Harris, JD

Dean M. Harris, JD

Associate Professor
Department of Health Policy and Management

Dean M. Harris, JD, is an associate professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Gillings School of Global Public Health.

Professor Harris received his BA from Cornell University in 1973 and received his JD with high honors from UNC's School of Law in 1981. He is a member of the American Health Lawyers Association and the European Association of Health Law.

He is the author of Contemporary Issues in Healthcare Law & Ethics (Fourth Edition), which was published by Health Administration Press in 2014, as well as Ethics in Health Services and Policy: A Global Approach, which was published by Jossey-Bass/John Wiley & Sons, Inc. in 2011.

Professor Harris frequently travels to Asia and Europe to give lectures and seminars. His interests include the use of law and regulation as tools for health system reform, improving systems for handling medical disputes and capacity building for regulation in public health.

Research Activities

  • Global Health Systems and International Health
  • Comparative Health Systems
  • Healthcare Law

Key Publications

Contemporary Issues in Healthcare Law & Ethics, 4th edition. Harris, DM.  (2014). Health Administration Press.

"Chapter 4: Health System Regulation," in World Health Systems: Challenges and Perspectives (2nd edition). Fried, B and L Gaydos, eds. Harris, DM (2012). Health Administration Press.

Ethics in Health Services and Policy: A Global Approach. Harris, DM. (2011). Jossey-Bass/John Wiley & Sons, Inc. .

Differential effectiveness in patient protection laws: What are the causes? An example from the Drive-Through Delivery Laws. Dow WH, DM Harris and ZM Liu. (2006). Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law, 31(6), 1107-1127.

Medical malpractice in the People's Republic of China: The 2002 regulation on the handling of medical accidents. Harris DM and CC Wu. (2005). Journal of Law, Medicine and Ethics, 33(3), 456-477.

Beyond Beneficiaries: Using the Medicare Program to Accomplish Broader Public Goals. Harris, DM. (2003). Washington and Lee Law Review, 60(4), 1251-1314.

Using Managed Care Tools in Traditional Medicare—Should We? Could We? Berenson RA and DM Harris. (2002). Law & Contemporary Problems, 65(4), 139-167.

Exclusion of international medical graduates from federal health-care programs. Dow WH and DM Harris.  (2002). Medical Care, 40(1), 68-72.


JD, Law, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1981

BA, Asian Studies, Cornell University, 1973

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