Dean M. Harris, J.D.
Clinical Associate Professor
Department of Health Policy and Management
UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health
Dean M. Harris, J.D. is a Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management, UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In addition, he was appointed as Adjunct Professor in the Health Economics and Management Institute (HEMI) in the Guanghua School of Management at Peking University.
He received his B.A. degree in Asian Studies from Cornell University in 1973, and received his J.D. degree with high honors from UNC School of Law in 1981. At UNC, he teaches courses on health law, global perspectives on ethical issues, and comparative health systems.
Professor Harris is a member of the American Health Lawyers Association, the European Association of Health Law, and the World Association for Medical Law. He is the author of Contemporary Issues in Healthcare Law and Ethics, 3rd edition, which was published by Health Administration Press in 2008, and Ethics in Health Services and Policy: A Global Approach, which was published by Jossey-Bass/John Wiley & Sons, Inc., in 2011.
Professor Harris has provided lectures, seminars and training programs in many countries in Asia and Europe. As examples, these countries include China, Taiwan, Japan, Korea, Singapore, Malaysia, Vietnam, Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Macedonia, Moldova, Germany, and France.
He has worked extensively in China since 2003. In addition to his appointment as Adjunct Professor at Peking University, he has provided lectures, seminars, or training programs at Peking Union Medical College; Tsinghua University; Fudan University; Shanghai Jiaotong University; Zhejiang University; Shandong University; and West China School of Public Health in Chengdu.
In 2007, Professor Harris participated in providing a “Training Course on Hospital Management” in Beijing, for Peking Union Medical College. In 2006, he participated in providing a “Workshop for Government Health Officials” in Beijing, for China’s Ministry of Health (Health Human Resources Development Center).
His research interests include the reform of medical malpractice laws and the use of law and regulation as tools for health system reform. He is also working on capacity building for regulation in public health.
Professor Harris was one of the two authors on a published article about China’s regulation on the handling of medical accidents. He is currently working with colleagues to update that research on the handling of medical accidents, in light of China’s recent health reforms and China’s adoption of a new Tort Liability Law.