Alice A Noble

Senior Lecturer in Legal Studies, in Health: Science, Society and Policy, and in Genetic Counseling

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Office: Rabb Graduate Center 323
Phone: 781-736-2764
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Health Care Reform and the Affordable Care Act, Health Law, Medical Ethics, Genetics and the Law, Public Health and the Law, Medical Malpractice, Managed Care


  • BIOL 236b - Genetics, Law, and Social Policy
  • HS 357f - Health Law and Ethics I
  • HS 358f - Health Law and Ethics II
  • HSSP 102a - Introduction to Global Health
  • LGLS 114aj - American Health Care: Reform
  • LGLS 131b - Patient Autonomy: Law, Medicine, and Ethics
  • LGLS 149b - Genetics, Law and Society


  • Villanova University
  • Harvard University
  • Allentown College of St Francis

Alice A Noble

Senior Lecturer in Legal Studies, in Health: Science, Society and Policy, and in Genetic Counseling


Alice A. Noble, holds a law degree from Villanova University School of Law and a Master of Public Health degree from Harvard School of Public Health. In addition to teaching at Brandeis University and the Heller School, she has taught numerous courses at Harvard School of Public Health, Boston College Law School, and Tufts Medical School. Courses taught include Genetics, Law, and Society, Health Law and Ethics, Health Law and Policy, Law and Public Health, among others. She has practiced personal injury and medical malpractice defense litigation, has conducted funded research on health policy issues, and was a fellow in medical ethics at Harvard Medical School and a Senior Researcher at The American Society of Law, Medicine & Ethics. She has a number of peer-reviewed publications on topics such as medical malpractice, managed care, and hospital law. She is a contributor to the Health Affiars Blog, Health Law Professors' Blog, and along with Professor Mary Ann Chirba and Attorney Michael Maddigan, she is a co-author of Health Care Reform: Law and Practice (Lexis/Nexis 2013), a detailed guide and analysis of the Affordable Care Act and its implementing regulaitons.

Awards and Honors

  • Joshua Guberman Lecture, "From the Supreme Court to the Voting Booth: Myth v. Reality in the Health Reform Debate" (2012)
  • Joshua Guberman Teaching Fellow, Brandeis University (2001)
  • Harvard Medical School Ethics Fellowship (1999 - 2000)


  • Chirba, M.A., Noble, A. A.. "Commentary on NFIB v. Sebelius." Feminist Judgments: Rewritten Health Law Opinions. Ed. S. Mohapatra and L. F. Wiley, eds.. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2020 (forthcoming)
  • Hawkins SS, Noble A., Baum C.F.. "Invited commentary: Policy evaluation with incomplete data: Assessing the ACA breastfeeding provision.." American Journal of Public Health 2018;108(2):164-166. PMID: 29320288. (2018).
  • Hawkins, S.S., Baum, C. and Noble, A.,. "Could the Affordable Care Act increase disparities in breastfeeding? The Case of Maine (editorial)." American Journal of Public Health, 107:7, 1119–1121. DOI: 10.2105/AJPH.2017.303763 (2017).
  • Hawkins SS, Dow-Fleisner S, Noble A. "Breastfeeding and the Affordable Care Act.." Pediatric Clinics of North America, 2015 Oct; 62(5):1071-9 (2015).
  • Mary Ann Chirba, Alice A. Noble, Michael Maddigan, HEALTH CARE REFORM: LAW AND PRACTICE, Lexis/Matthew Bender (2013),. HEALTH CARE REFORM: LAW AND PRACTICE,. New York: Lexis/Matthew Bender (2013), 2013.
  • A.A. Noble, M.A. Chirba. "The Supreme Court Upholds the Individual Mandate: But Who Are We Talking About?." Health Affairs Blog, July 5, 2012. (2012).
  • Noble, Alice A and Mary Ann Chirba. "On the Individual Mandate Argument: Beyond Uncompensated Care." Health Affairs Blog (2012): <>.
  • Noble, Alice A. "T. Montini, A. A. Noble, and Henry Thomas Stelfox, Content Analysis of Patient Complaints, International Journal for Quality in Health Care 2008;." Journal for Quality in Health Care 206. 6 (2008): 412-420.
  • J. Prottas and A.A. Noble. "Use of Forensic DNA Evidence in Prosecutors’ Offices." Journal of Law, Medicine and Ethics, 35(2): 310-315 (2007). (2007).
  • A.A. Noble and B. W. Moulton (guest editors), ed. DNA Fingerprinting and Civil Liberties. Journal of Law, Medicine and Ethics, 34 (2), 2006, 2006.
  • A.A. Noble. "Introduction: DNA Fingerprinting and Civil Liberties." Journal of Law, Medicine and Ethics, 34 (2): 149-152 (2006). (2006).
  • A.A. Noble, T.A. Brennan. "Malpractice, Managed Care and Systematic Approaches to Error Reduction: Some Emerging Themes." Journal of Law, Medicine and Ethics, 29(3 & 4): 290-304 (2001). (2001).
  • A.A. Noble, T.A. Brennan. "Stages of Managed Care Regulation: Toward Better Rules." Journal of Health Politics Policy and Law, 24 (6): 1275-1305 (1999) (1999).
  • A.A. Noble, A.L. Hyams, N.M. Kane. "Charitable Hospital Accountability: A Review of Legal and Policy Developments in Defining Hospital Responsibility for Community Benefits." Journal of Law, Medicine and Ethics, 26:116-137 (1998). (1998).