Elizabeth Van Nostrand is an Associate Professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management at Pitt Public Health, an Adjunct Professor in the University of Pittsburgh's School of Law, an Instructor in the Katz Executive MBA Program, and the Director of the MPH and JD/MPH programs. She is a former Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Fellow for excellence in public health law education. She currently teaches Public Health Law and Ethics, Current Issues in Health Law, Health Law, and Law in Public Health Practice - an interdisciplinary, practice-based class. Her recent and current projects include researching the public health system with respect to emergency preparedness and response, integrating traditional legal analysis with social networking principles, analyzing hydraulic fracturing and its impact on the aquifer, co-authoring the Louisiana, DC, and Pennsylvania Public Health Law Bench Books, and investigating laws governing infectious diseases outbreaks as part of the MIDAS National Center of Excellence. Previously, she was an attorney specializing in litigation with the United States Department of Agriculture in Washington, DC, with Thompson & Knight in Dallas, Texas, and with several small law firms in New Orleans, Louisiana. She is an active member of the Louisiana Bar.