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Leila Barraza J.D., M.P.H

Leila  Barraza J.D., M.P.H

Assistant Professor

Community, Environment & Policy Department

1295 N. Martin
Campus PO Box: 245210
Drachman Hall A245
Tucson, AZ 85724
(520) 6260720


Leila Barraza is an Assistant Professor at Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health, University of Arizona. She also serves as a Consultant with the Network for Public Health Law – Western Region Office. Her research interests include studying the impact of laws and regulations on population health. Previously, Barraza served as Deputy Director of the Network for Public Health Law – Western Region Office, and a Fellow and Adjunct Professor in the Public Health Law and Policy Program at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, Arizona State University. Through her work with the Western Region Office of the Network for Public Health Law, she has addressed over 100 technical assistance requests on various public health law issues. Barraza received a Master in Public Health from the Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health at the University of Arizona in 2004. She also worked for the Center for Rural Health (formerly Rural Health Office) at the Zuckerman College of Public Health following the completion of her master’s degree. Barraza provided assistance to rural and tribal hospitals and clinics regarding new medical designation opportunities, health practitioner recruitment, emergency medical services, and funding opportunities. She received her J.D. with a Certificate in Law, Science, and Technology from the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law in 2008. She was a scholar in the Center for Law, Science & Innovation, and was a research assistant, conducting legal research on autism and vaccine-related litigation. She completed legal externships with the Arizona Attorney General’s Office, the Arizona Department of Health Services’ Office of Administrative Rules and Counsel, and the Arizona Court of Appeals, Division One. Following her graduation from law school, Barraza served as a law clerk for the Arizona Court of Appeals, Division One from 2009-2012. Barraza has been published in several scholarly journals, including JAMA, Duke Forum for Law & Social Change, Jurimetrics Journal, Annals of Health Law, and Journal for Law, Medicine, and Ethics. Barraza has also provided numerous presentations at national and local conferences on a variety of critical public health law issues. She instructs a public health law course for public health and law students and has given special lectures in health law and public health law courses.

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The University of Arizona