Julie Agris

Julie Agris
Adjunct Associate Professor of Health Policy and Management

Julie Agris, PhD, JD, LLM is a clinical assistant professor in the School of Health Technology and Management and an Affiliate of the Center for Medical Humanities, Compassionate Care and Bioethics at Stony Brook University.  Dr. Agris is also an adjunct associate professor of Health Policy and Management at the Wagner School, New York University (NYU). She teaches in the areas of healthcare law, ethics, bioethics, policy and management.  In addition, she directs the Master of Healthcare Administration Program at Stony Brook University. Dr. Agris has published and presented in the areas in which she teaches and brings broad professional experience to these subject matters.  Her work has been cited by leading health policy experts.

Prior to her appointments at Stony Brook and NYU, Dr. Agris served as an assistant professor at the Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine where she continues to be invited as a guest lecturer on the subjects of professionalism, law, ethics and the privacy of personal health information.  In addition, she served as corporate compliance and privacy officer of the Northwell Health. Dr. Agris began her career as legislative counsel to the Vermont General Assembly health care committees, where she provided legal counsel to legislators on a nonpartisan basis. During her tenure with the Legislature, she was selected to pursue a Ph.D. as a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) Training Fellow. Her doctoral dissertation concentrated on aspects of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). After serving as a legal intern at the White House, the Supreme Court on behalf of CBS Evening News, and the U.S. Department of Justice, her career progressed from state to federal government as a health care attorney working on behalf of HHS, where she provided legal counsel to several of the Department’s programs, including Medicare and Medicaid.  She also served as a technical authority on matters related to HIPAA and was selected to receive a prestigious Special Act Award for her work during her tenure with the federal government.

Dr. Agris earned a Juris Doctor (JD) from the Washington College of Law, American University; Master of Laws in Health Law (LLM) from the Health Law and Policy Institute, University of Houston Law Center; and a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in health services research from the Schneider Institutes for Health Policy, Brandeis University.  She graduated, as a member of Phi Beta Kappa, from the Honors Program at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.  She has also been inducted as an honorary member of the Upsilon Phi Delta Honor Society; recognizing outstanding academic achievement in the field of healthcare management.

Semester Course
Spring 2015 HPAM-GP.4853.001 Healthcare Law and Ethics

This course explores the legal, policy and ethical issues encountered by health care professionals in the continuously evolving health care system. Topics will include government regulation of health care providers, patient consent to and refusal of treatment, human reproduction issues, privacy and confidentiality, tax-exemption, antitrust, fraud and abuse, mental health issues and health information management. Students will gain the ability to analyze legal and ethical health care resources by engaging in interactive discussions and informative research. 


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Spring 2014 PADM-GP.4142.001 Tools for Managing Nonprofits: Compliance, Internal Controls and Ethics

This class will prepare the future nonprofit manager to lead a legally compliant and ethical organization. As regulators, public funders and private donors increasingly expect the organizations they support to operate with the highest standards, managers need to understand the risks and punishments for failing in this critical management function. This is especially true in the present climate where scandals in the public, nonprofit and for profit sectors have heightened awareness and expectations for transparent and competence management.

Using readings and case studies students will gain an understanding of the legal and regulatory environment of the nonprofit organization. They will learn how to design an agency corporate compliance program, write the policies and procedures of internalcontrols and the basics of risk management. Ethical behavior and creating an ethical corporate culture will be woven throughout the course content.


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Spring 2014 HPAM-GP.4853.001 Healthcare Law and Ethics

This course explores the legal, policy and ethical issues encountered by health care professionals in the continuously evolving health care system. Topics will include government regulation of health care providers, patient consent to and refusal of treatment, human reproduction issues, privacy and confidentiality, tax-exemption, antitrust, fraud and abuse, mental health issues and health information management. Students will gain the ability to analyze legal and ethical health care resources by engaging in interactive discussions and informative research. 


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Spring 2014 HPAM-GP.4853.001 Healthcare Law and Ethics

This course explores the legal, policy and ethical issues encountered by health care professionals in the continuously evolving health care system. Topics will include government regulation of health care providers, patient consent to and refusal of treatment, human reproduction issues, privacy and confidentiality, tax-exemption, antitrust, fraud and abuse, mental health issues and health information management. Students will gain the ability to analyze legal and ethical health care resources by engaging in interactive discussions and informative research. 


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Spring 2014 PADM-GP.4142.001 Tools for Managing Nonprofits: Compliance, Internal Controls and Ethics

This class will prepare the future nonprofit manager to lead a legally compliant and ethical organization. As regulators, public funders and private donors increasingly expect the organizations they support to operate with the highest standards, managers need to understand the risks and punishments for failing in this critical management function. This is especially true in the present climate where scandals in the public, nonprofit and for profit sectors have heightened awareness and expectations for transparent and competence management.

Using readings and case studies students will gain an understanding of the legal and regulatory environment of the nonprofit organization. They will learn how to design an agency corporate compliance program, write the policies and procedures of internalcontrols and the basics of risk management. Ethical behavior and creating an ethical corporate culture will be woven throughout the course content.


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