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 Colleges of Pharmacy, Public Health, and Social & Behavioral Sciences.

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 over 15,000 students called Rethinking Aging:  Are we prepared to live longer?. She teaches in the areas of health law and policy, aging law and public policy, and leadership in health care.

Sklar’s research interests are primarily in health law and professional regulation. She is an experienced qualitative researcher and her work focuses on laws and regulations that impact older adults, including long-term care, elder abuse, and decision making in end-of-life care. She is recognized as a Rising Star in Law by the Clifford Symposium in Civil Justice and is an invited speaker at the 2019 Symposium. She is also an invited speaker at the Beazley Institute of Health Law and Policy 2018 Symposium on Health Care and Policy. Sklar currently serves as the Associate Editor for Global Biosecurity and is a peer reviewer for the Journal of General Internal Medicine.

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, the Texas Department of Insurance, and the City of Houston Mayor's Office on a range of policy issues that involve improving access to quality health care and services.

Tara Sklar 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

  • Preparing to Age in Place:  The Role of Medicaid Waivers for Home and Community-Based Support in Elder Abuse Prevention, __ Ann. Health L. __ (forthcoming 2019) (co-author, with Rachel Zuraw).
  • Prolonging Life or Death? Understanding Surgery Near the End of Life, __ DePaul L. Rev. __ (forthcoming 2019).
  • 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