Ruth Gaare Bernheim

Associate Professor of Public Health Sciences and Public Policy
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Hospital West Complex Rm 3181
Education & Training
JD, University of Virginia Law School
MPH, The Johns Hopkins University

Ruth Gaare Bernheim, JD, MPH, is chair, Department of Public Health Sciences, School of Medicine, and co-director of the Institute for Practical Ethics and Public Life at the University of Virginia. She teaches courses in the medical school, law school, and college on public health law and policy, and works on numerous public health projects, including initiatives with the Virginia Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


Ms. Gaare Bernheim previously was on the faculty of the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health and Johns Hopkins Bioethics Institute, where her projects included a Robert Wood Johnson-funded grant with the Maryland Attorney General’s Office on End-of-Life Care and a PEW-funded grant on Managed Care and Public Health. She also served as a member of the Johns Hopkins Hospital Ethics Committee and the Johns Hopkins Health Care Scientific and Benefits Assessment Committee.


Ms. Gaare Bernheim’s education includes a law degree from the University of Virginia School of Law, a Master’s of Public Health degree from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, certificates in mediation from Boston University and Harvard School of Public Health, and coursework as a Research Scholar at the Kennedy Institute of Ethics.