Joan H. Krause

Adjunct Professor
Department of Health Policy and Management
Dan K. Moore Distinguished Professor of Law
UNC School of Law
Professor (Secondary Appointment)
Social Medicine, UNC School of Medicine
5109 Van Hecke-Wettach Hall, CB #3380
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3380


Professor Krause received her B.A. with Honors in Political Science from Yale University, where she graduated summa cum laude and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. She received her J.D. with Distinction from Stanford Law School, where she was elected to the Order of the Coif and served as Senior Articles Editor for the Stanford Law & Policy Review.

Before attending law school, Professor Krause worked as a medical writer/editor. After law school, Professor Krause clerked for the Honorable Dorothy W. Nelson of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. As an Associate in the Health Practice Group of Hogan & Hartson L.L.P. in Washington, D.C., Professor Krause’s work focused on regulatory and administrative health care matters, with an emphasis on health care fraud and abuse.

After serving as an Assistant Professor at Loyola University Chicago School of Law from 1997-2001, Professor Krause became an Associate Professor at the University of Houston Law Center in 2001 and was appointed George Butler Research Professor of Law in 2005. She served as Associate Director and then Co-Director of the University of Houston Health Law & Policy Institute from 2003-2009.

 Professor Krause joined the faculty of UNC School of Law in 2009, was named Dan K. Moore Distinguished Professor of Law in 2011, and served as Associate Dean for Faculty Development from 2012-2016.

Professor Krause teaches the Health Law survey courses, Criminal Law, Fraud & Abuse, Women & Health Law, a seminar on Pharmaceutical Law & Policy, and a joint JD-MD seminar on Current Issues in Law & Medicine.  Her research interests include health law, criminal law, and women and the law.


  • BA, Political Science, Yale University, 1987
  • JD, Law, Stanford University, 1992