Ruth Mickelsen, JD, MPH

Senior Lecturer, Division of Health Policy and Management

Ruth Mickelsen

Contact Info

JD, William Mitchell College of Law

MPH, Health Policy and Management, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

MA, Bioethics and Health Policy, Loyola University Chicago


  • Accomplished health lawyer with extensive experience representing health care organizations
  • Experienced board member and leader in nonprofit health care and education settings


Health law and policy, board governance, public health ethics, bioethics, management ethics.

Awards & Recognition

  • Alumni of Notable Achievement, College of Liberal Arts, University of Minnesota
  • Leading Health Care Lawyer, Minnesota Business Guidebook, Law and Leading Attorneys
  • Leading Health Care Lawyer, Minnesota Journal of Law and Politics
  • Bush Foundation Leadership Fellowship



  • Ruth A. Mickelsen, Daniel Bernstein, Mary Faith Marshall, Steven Miles, “The Barnes Case; Taking Difficult Futility Cases Public,” 31 Journal of Law Medicine and Ethics 374 (2013).
  • Ruth A. Mickelsen, “Crossing Invisible Linesin “Symposium: The Coming Generation in American Bioethics,” Cambridge Quarterly of Health Care Ethics, Vol. 21, 1-3, Sonali Parnami, Katherine Lin, Katherine Fessler, Erica Blom, Mathew Sullivan, Raymond De Vries, eds, 2011.


Teaching Areas

I teach courses in the Public Health Administration and Policy Program and the Executive Masters in Healthcare Administration Program at the School of Public Health. 


  • PubH 6741, Ethics in Public Health: Professional Practice and Policy (Core & Executive MPH Requirement)
  • PubH 7576, Legal Considerations in Health Care Services Organizations (Executive MHA Program)
  • PubH 7553, Health Care Management Ethics (Ethics Executive MHA Program)

Community Engagement

  • Health Partners Board of Directors, Chair 2016-2018
  • Health Partners, Board of Directors Chair, Quality Committee 2012-2016
  • Regions Hospital Ethics Committee 2013 – present
  • Park Nicollet Health Services, Board of Directors 2010-2012
  • Methodist Hospital Ethics Committee 2008-2010
  • Hazelden Betty Ford Graduate School of Addiction Studies, Board of Governors 2011-2020
  • Mitchell Hamline School of Law, Board of Trustees 2008-2016; Chair, Academic Affairs Committee
  • Children’s Hospital and Clinics, Institutional Review Board 2008-2011
  • University of Minnesota Joint Degree Program in Law and Life Sciences, Advisory Board 1999-2012
  • American Society of Law, Medicine and Ethics, Board Chair (2000-2001), Board of Directors 1999-2006