Professor Beletsky holds a joint appointment with the School of Law and Bouvé College of Health Sciences. His expertise is in the public health impact of laws and their enforcement, with special focus on drug overdose, infectious disease transmission and the role of the criminal justice system as a structural determinant of health. One of the nation’s preeminent experts on North America’s opioid crisis, Professor Beletsky is a frequent media commentator on drug policy, health equity and criminal justice issues. Those issues define the project portfolio of the School of Law’s Health in Justice Action Lab, which he directs.

Throughout his career, Professor Beletsky has applied his skills and expertise in service to governmental agencies and non-governmental organizations, including the United Nations, US Department of Justice and the City of New York. Prior to joining the Northeastern community, Professor Beletsky was on the faculty of the Division of Global Public Health at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine, where he retains an adjunct appointment. He received his undergraduate training in geography from Vassar College and Oxford University, a master’s in public health from Brown University, his law degree from Temple University School of Law and his post-doctoral training at the Yale University Center for Interdisciplinary Research on AIDS. He is a member of the New York State Bar.

Fields of Expertise

  • Drug Law and Policy
  • Infectious Disease Prevention
  • Empirical Methods
  • Criminal Justice Policy and Practice
  • Public Health Law and Policy
  • Human Rights
  • Health Disparities
  • Global Health
  • Comparative Law

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