Gaare Bernheim’s education includes a law degree from the University of Virginia School of Law, a master's of public health degree from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, certificates in mediation from Boston University and the Harvard School of Public Health, and coursework as a research scholar at the Kennedy Institute of Ethics.
Ruth Gaare Bernheim, JD, M.P.H., is director of the Division of Public Health Policy and Practice and of the Master of Public Health Program in the School of Medicine, as well as associate director of the Institute for Practical Ethics and Public Life, at the University of Virginia. She currently serves on the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Ethics Subcommittee and Virginia's State Pandemic Flu Advisory Board. She also is president of the Virginia Public Health Association from 2009-11.
She teaches courses in the Medical School, Law School, and College on public health law and policy, including the required fourth-year medical school course on health policy and required courses the undergraduate Global Public Health Minor, which she co-directs. Current research interests include public health policy and policies regarding the use and sharing of genomic data in electronic medical records.
Gaare Bernheim works on numerous community public health projects at the local, state, and national level, and serves on the national board of the Association for Prevention Teaching and Research (APTR) and the governing board of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. As co-director of ethics for the Public Health Leadership Society, she also works with public health leaders in practice across the country on ethical and legal education, including developing educational modules for the CDC's Public Health Law Program. In addition, she was a faculty consultant on the Association of Schools of Public Health (ASPH)’s Model Curriculum on Public Health Ethics, and previous chair of the Ethics Section SPIG of the American Public Health Association (APHA).
Gaare Bernheim previously was on the faculty of the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health and Johns Hopkins Bioethics Institute, where her projects included a Robert Wood Johnson-funded grant with the Maryland Attorney General's Office on End-of-Life Care and a PEW-funded grant on Managed Care and Public Health. She also served on the Johns Hopkins Hospital Ethics Committee and the Johns Hopkins Health Care Scientific and Benefits Assessment Committee.