Tara Sklar is a Professor of Health Law and Director of the Graduate Health Sciences Programs at the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law. She also holds an appointment as a Health Law Fellow in the Law and Public Health Group at the University of Melbourne, School of Population and Global Health. Prior to this she was the inaugural Director of Aging Programs and established the first multidisciplinary online Master of Aging degree, which spans eight colleges from public health to economics, urban design, and engineering across the University of Melbourne. In collaboration with Coursera, she created and led a Massive Open Online Course that has registered over 15,000 students called Rethinking Aging: Are we prepared to live longer?.
She also served as the Director of Access and Community Health for Ascension Health's Carondelet Health Network where she founded the Access to Health Care Council, which united hospitals, social service agencies, local government and faith-based organizations to improve the health status of local communities, with a particular focus on healthy aging. She is an advisor to PricewaterhouseCoopers and Australian Unity to develop a new national strategy for Australia's growing aging population and to the aging advisory group at Georgetown Law School, O'Neill Institute for National Global Health.
Sklar has received over four million dollars in grants and philanthropic support from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Association of Pacific Rim Universities, and private donors. She has worked for government entities, including the Food and Drug Administration, the Texas Department of Insurance, and the City of Houston Mayor's Office of Health and Environmental Policy on a range of policy issues that involve improving access to quality health care and services.
She has particular interests in laws and regulation that impact population well-being, with a focus on older adults. She graduated magna cum laude from Tulane University and has a dual degree Juris Doctor/Master of Public Health from the University of Houston and the University of Texas.
Graduated magna cum laude.