Tara Sklar is Professor of Health Law and Director of the Health Law & Policy Program at the University of Arizona, where she launched and oversees multidisciplinary, online, graduate and undergraduate programs in health law. These programs include over twenty courses in Aging Law & Policy; Health Information Privacy, Compliance, & Data Security; Health Law for Health Professionals; and Regulatory Science. Sklar leads numerous collaborations that contribute to this coursework with the Critical Path Institute, NYU Grossman School of Medicine, the International Society for Cardiovascular Translational Research, Roche Tissue Diagnostics, and Health Current, along with and eight University of Arizona Colleges across Business, Engineering, Pharmacy, Public Health, Medicine, Nursing, Science, and Social & Behavioral Sciences.
Professor Sklar’s research focuses on how laws and policies influence the health and well-being of older adults. Her work has appeared in the following peer reviewed journals: New England Journal of Medicine, Journal of Empirical Legal Studies, American Journal of Law & Medicine, and Jurimetrics, among others. She is an Associate Editor for the Global Biosecurity Journal and a peer reviewer for the American Journal of Public Health, Journal of General Internal Medicine, and Journal of Law and the Biosciences. Sklar is also a regular contributor to The Conversation, NPR, PBS, and Harvard Law Petrie-Flom Center Bill of Health.
Sklar has received over four million dollars in grants and philanthropic support from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and private donors. In 2020, she was awarded a University of Arizona Provost Investment Fund to support executive and professional education at Arizona Law. Sklar has also been recognized for her teaching and research with a Teaching Excellence in Innovation Award and a half-million dollar grant to launch an Aging Research Hallmark Initiative by the University of Melbourne.
Professor Sklar serves as a scientific advisory board member for the International Society for Cardiovascular Translational Research, an observer for the Uniform Law Commission Study Committee on Updating the Uniform Determination of Death Act, and a member of Banner Health and University of Arizona Bioethics Committee, UA Health Sciences Healthy Aging Strategic Initiative, and Arizona Online Faculty Advisory Committee. She also serves as Chair of Professional and Executive Education Committee at Arizona Law.
Prior to her current role, Sklar was the inaugural Director of Aging Programs at the University of Melbourne, where she established the first online Master of Aging degree across eight colleges and created an Industry Network Aging Advisory Board comprised of over 200 organizations across Australia and Asia. In collaboration with Coursera, she designed and led a Massive Open Online Course that has registered over 25,000 students called Rethinking Aging: Are We Prepared to Live Longer? Sklar has worked for health systems and government entities, including Ascension Health, MD Anderson Cancer Center, and the Food and Drug Administration, on a range of legal, regulatory, and ethical issues. 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.