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Health Behavior, Society & Policy

Faculty Profile

  • Gwyneth M. Eliasson, JD, MPH

  • Assistant Professor

  • Department of Health Behavior, Society and Policy

  • CV


Anti-poverty (safety net) programs; health law and policy; medical-legal partnerships; older adults; public health law and ethics

Gwyneth M. Eliasson received her Juris Doctor degree from Brooklyn Law School and her Master`s degree in Public Health (Health Systems and Policy) from Rutgers School of Public Health. As a Legal Services and public interest attorney, she advocated for low-income New Yorkers facing benefits insecurity and other systemic health challenges. She represented clients at administrative hearings and appeals as well as in Federal courts. After receiving her MPH, she managed CDC-contracted projects at the Center for Public Health Law Research and consulted for Rutgers School of Law on grant-funded projects to develop a medical-legal partnership program in Camden. Before joining the Rutgers School of Public Health, she was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management at SUNY Downstate School of Public Health and an adjunct faculty member at The College of New Jersey, La Salle University, Montclair State University, and William Paterson University.

Research Interests
Eliasson focuses her research at the intersection of law and policy, with an emphasis on marginalized populations.

Research Highlights

Gwyneth M. Eliasson`s areas of expertise include anti-poverty ("safety net") programs, health law and policy, medical-legal partnerships, older adults, and public health law and ethics. As the Newsletter Editor for the New Jersey Public Health Association, she wrote 20+ articles on public health law, policy, and advocacy.

Select Publications
Alt, P., Jurkowski, E. T., Eliasson, G. M. (2021) "Healthy Aging Through the Social Determinants of Health ", APHA Press Vol.

Eliasson, G. M. (2021) "New Book on Healthy Aging from APHA Press", BIFOCAL Vol.

Lloyd M. Felmly Award - New Jersey Public Health Association (2018) - Outstanding contributions through the communications media to the cause of public health in New Jersey.

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