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James G. Hodge,

Executive Director, Centers for Law and the Public's Health

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Hampton House 513
Baltimore , Maryland


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James G. Hodge, Jr., J.D., LL.M., is a Professor at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health where he teaches Public Health and the Law and Global Health Law and Policy. In addition to his primary faculty appointment at JHSPH, Professor Hodge is an Adjunct Professor of Law at Georgetown University Law Center where he lectures in public health law, bioethics, international human rights, and health law and policy. He is the Executive Director of the Centers for Law and the Public’s Health: A Collaborative at Johns Hopkins and Georgetown Universities; a Core Faculty member and former Greenwall Fellow of the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics; and a faculty member of the Johns Hopkins Center for Global Health.

Through his scholarly and applied work, Professor Hodge delves into multiple areas of public health law, ethics, and human rights. The recipient of the 2006 Henrik L. Blum Award for Excellence in Health Policy from the American Public Health Association, he has drafted (with others) several public health law reform initiatives, including the Model State Public Health Information Privacy Act (MSPHPA), the Model State Emergency Health Powers Act (MSEHPA), the Turning Point Model State Public Health Act (Turning Point Act), and the Uniform Emergency Volunteer Health Practitioners Act (UEVHPA).

His diverse, funded projects include work on (1) the legal framework underlying the use of volunteer health professionals during emergencies; (2) legal and ethical issues concenring mental health preparedness in emergencies; (3) legal issues concerning the prevention and control of tuberculosis; (4) the compilation, study, and analysis of state genetics laws and policies as part of a multi-year NIH-funded project; (5) historical and legal bases underlying school vaccination programs, (6) international tobacco policy for the World Health Organization's Tobacco Free Initiative, (7) legal and ethical distinctions between public health practice and research; (8) legal underpinnings of partner notification and expedited partner therapies; (9) obesity laws and policies; and (10) public health law case studies in VA, MI, NH, OR, NE, AK, MT, MI, DE, and elsewhere. He is a national expert on public health information privacy law and ethics, having consulted CDC on its creation of a Health Information Privacy Office and with DHHS, IOM, CSTE, APHL, FDA, CMS, and OHRP and others on privacy issues. Additional areas of research include new federalism, HIV/AIDS, and human rights.

Honors and Awards

Henrik L. Blum Award for Excellence in Health Policy, presented by the Community Health Planning and Policy Development Section, American Public Health Association (APHA) (2006)

Thomas Bradbury Chetwood, S.J. Prize for Most Distinguished Academic Performance - General Masters of Laws (LL.M.), Georgetown University Law Center (1997)

  • public health law
  • privacy
  • vaccines
  • global health
  • emergency preparedness
  • model laws
  • health policy
  • federalism
  • genetics
  • bioethics
  • human rights
  • Meier, BM, Hodge, JG, Gebbie, K. Transitions in state public health law: Comparative analysis of state public health law reform efforts following the Turning Point Model State Public Health Act. American Journal of Public Health 2009; 99(3): 423-430.

  • Barnett, DJ, Taylor, HA, Hodge, JG, Links JM. Resource allocation on the frontlines of public health preparedness and response: Report of a summit on legal and ethical Issues. Public Health Reports 2009; 124(2): 295-303.

  • Hodge, JG, Anderson, ED. Principles and practice of legal triage during public health emergencies. NYU Ann. Surv. Am. L. 2008; 64(2): 249-291.

  • Rutkow, L, Vernick, JS, Hodge, JG, Teret, SP. Preemption and the obesity epidemic: State and local menu labeling laws and the Nutrition Labeling and Education Act. Journal of Law, Medicine, and Ethics 2008; 36:772-789.

  • Gable, LA, Gostin, LO, Hodge, JG. Legal aspects of HIV/AIDS in reproductive and sexual health. American Journal of Public Health 2008; 98:10: 1779-1786.