Benjamin Mason Meier is a Professor of Global Health Policy at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr. Meier’s interdisciplinary research—at the intersection global health, international law, and public policy—examines rights-based approaches to health. Working collaboratively across the University of North Carolina’s Department of Public Policy and Gillings School of Global Public Health, Dr. Meier has written over one hundred articles on the development, evolution, and application of human rights in global health.

His recent global health governance volume, Human Rights in Global Health: Rights-Based Governance in a Globalizing World (OUP 2018), examines the influence of human rights across the health efforts of the United Nations. Drawing from this comparative analysis of international organizations, Dr. Meier has published an academic textbook for the field of health and human rights, Foundations of Global Health & Human Rights (OUP 2020). To advance legal scholarship on contemporary global health issues, he recently launched a quarterly column on Global Health Law in the Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics.

As a contributor to the development of rights-based global health policy, Dr. Meier serves additionally as a Senior Scholar at Georgetown University’s O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law, as the Founding Chair of the American Public Health Association’s Human Rights Forum, as the Human Rights Chair of the Global Health Law Consortium, and as a consultant to international organizations, national governments, and nongovernmental organizations.

Dr. Meier received his B.A. in Biochemistry from Cornell University, his J.D. and LL.M. in International and Comparative Law from Cornell Law School, and his Ph.D. in Sociomedical Sciences from Columbia University.
Faculty Advisor
American Mock World Health Organization
Founding Chair
Human Rights Forum, American Public Health Association
Past Chair
Global Health Law Consortium
Senior Scholar
Georgetown University O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law
Adjunct Associate Professor of Health Policy & Management
UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health
Order of the Golden Fleece, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Mid-Career Award in International Health, American Public Health Association
Teaching Innovation Award, Gillings School of Global Public Health, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Finalist, Manekin Family Award for Teaching Excellence in Honors Carolina, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Finalist, Board of Governors’ Award for Excellence in Teaching
2018, 2019
Early Career Award for Excellence in Public Health Law, American Public Health Association
Outstanding Recent Alumnus Award, Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health
Zachary Taylor Smith Distinguished Term Professorship for Excellence in Undergraduate Education
Carolina Chiron Award Finalist
Johnston Teaching Excellence Award
Best Teaching Award in Public Policy
2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
William C. Friday Award for Excellence in Teaching