Tara Sklar

Professor of Health Law and Director of Graduate Health Sciences Programs

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.

At the University of Arizona, Sklar launched and oversees two multidisciplinary online graduate programs in Health Law at the College of Law and in collaboration with the Critical Path Institute, and the Colleges of Pharmacy, Public Health, Social and Behavioral Sciences.

Professor Sklar teaches and writes in the areas of health law and policy, aging law and public policy, professional regulation, and leadership in health care. Her research has appeared, or is forthcoming, in the Journal of Empirical Legal Studies, Annals of Health Law, and The Elder Law Journal, among other journals. She currently serves as an Associate Editor for the Global Biosecurity journal and is a steering committee member for PricewaterhouseCoopers and Australian Unity’s National Aging Advisory Group.

Prior to this role, Sklar 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. Sklar also created and was awarded over a half-million dollars to develop a Hallmark Aging Research Initiative in Melbourne, Australia. In collaboration with Coursera, she designed and led a Massive Open Online Course that has registered nearly 20,000 students called Rethinking Aging:  Are We Prepared to Live Longer?.

Sklar has received over four million dollars in grants and philanthropic support from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and private donors. She has worked for government entities, including the Food and Drug Administration and the Texas Department of Insurance on a range of policy issues that involve improving access to quality health care and services. 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.

Curriculum Vitae

SSRN Published Papers

Representative Publications

  • Elderly Gun Ownership and the Wave of State Red Flag Laws:  An Unintended Consequence That Could Help Many, ___ Elder L.J. ___ (forthcoming 2019).
  • Prolonging Life or Death? Understanding Surgery Near the End of Life, __ DePaul L. Rev. __ (forthcoming 2019).
  • Preparing to Age in Place:  The Role of Medicaid Waivers in Elder Abuse Prevention __ Ann. Health L. __ (forthcoming 2019) (co-author, with Rachel Zuraw).
  • Characteristics of Lawyers Who are Subject to Complaints and Misconduct Findings, 15 J. Empirical Legal Stud. ___ (forthcoming 2019) (co-author, with Yamna Taouk et al.).
  • Retirement and Aging:  A Reordering of Priorities, in Living Life, Loving Life Young and Old 136 (Helen Sykes & Grant Blashki eds. 2014).
  • Complete List of Publications


  • J.D. University of Houston Law Center
  • M.P.H. University of Texas Health Sciences Center
  • B.A. Tulane University
    Graduated magna cum laude.

Work Experience

  • Professor of Health Law and Director of Graduate Health Sciences Programs
    James E Rogers College of Law
    2018 - present
  • Fellow in Law and Public Health Group
    School of Population and Global Health, University of Melbourne
    2016 - 2018
  • Director of Aging Programs
    School of Population and Global Health, University of Melbourne
    2013 - 2016
  • Adjunct Associate Professor in Health Management and Policy
    School of Public Health and Social Justice, Saint Louis University
    2011 - 2013
  • Director of Access and Community Health
    Carondelet Health Network
    2008 - 2010