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Health is a human right.  Dr. Meier’s interdisciplinary research—at the intersection of international law, public policy, and global health—examines human rights frameworks for global health policy.  Advancing rights-based frameworks for public health, he has written and presented extensively on the development, evolution, and implementation of human rights – serving as a consultant to international organizations, national governments, and nongovernmental organizations.

Research Areas

Theoretical Advancement

Policy Application

Empirical Research

Having just published a volume on Human Rights in Global Health: Rights-Based Governance for a Globalizing World (Oxford University Press 2018), Dr. Meier is currently launching a textbook on Foundations of Global Health & Human Rights (Oxford University Press 2020) and coordinating research on the human rights and public health policy implications of the COVID-19 response.


In June 2017, he received the Outstanding Recent Alumni Award from the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, in November 2018, he received the Early Career Award for Excellence in Public Health Law from the American Public Health Association, and in March 2019, he received the Teaching Innovation Award from the Department of Health Policy & Management.

For more information about Dr. Meier’s research, teaching, and practice, please see his updated website at https://www.benjaminmasonmeier.com/.

Prospective graduate students should consult the PhD requirements in the Department of Public Policy and contact Dr. Meier to discuss dissertation projects at the intersection of global health and human rights.

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