Micah Berman, JD

Associate Professor; Joint Appointment, College of Law
Health Services Management and Policy

Phone: 614-688-1438
Email: mberman@cph.osu.edu

342 Cunz Hall
1841 Neil Ave
Columbus, OH 43210


Micah Berman holds a joint appointment with The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law and the College of Public Health. His research explores the intersection between public health research and legal doctrine, with a focus on tobacco policy. He has published articles in a number of leading journals including the Georgetown Law Journal, Tobacco Control, and the American Journal of Public Health.  In 2014, he was selected by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to participate in its Future of Public Health Law Education faculty fellowship program.

Prior to joining Ohio State, Berman was a member of the faculty at New England Law | Boston, where he established and directed the Center for Public Health and Tobacco Policy. Under his leadership, the Center developed innovative model ordinances and provided policy support to state and local public health programs. Previously, he taught at Capital University Law School and directed the Ohio Tobacco Public Policy Center.

Professor Berman has also been engaged in public health policy development at the federal level. He has served as an advisor to the Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Tobacco Products and as a member of the National Institutes of Health’s Council of Public Representatives.

Before entering academia, Berman was a trial attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division and an associate with the law firm Stinson Morrison Hecker LLP (now Stinton Leonard Street LLP). He received a JD with honors from Stanford Law School and a BA with highest honors in Public Policy from Brandeis University.


JD, Stanford Law School
BA, Public Policy, Brandeis University


Public Health Law
Health Care Law for Managers
Tobacco Regulation and Policy

Selected Publications

Public Health Journals:

Berman M. Regulatory oversight of ENDS product defects. Tobacco Control 2017;26(1):2-3.

Berman ML; Yang YT. E-cigarettes, youth, and FDA’s “deeming” regulation. JAMA Pediatrics 2016;170(11):1039-1040.

Wang L; Jin Y; Berman M; Ferketich AK. Would a cigarette by any other name taste as good in China? Tobacco Control 2016;25(6):638-639.

Peters E; Evans AT; Hemmerich N; Berman M. Emotion in the law and the lab: the case of graphic cigarette warnings. Tobacco Regulatory Science 2016;2(4):404-413. 

Klein EG; Berman M; Hemmerich N; Htut S; Carlson C; Slater M. Online e-cigarette marketing claims: a systematic content and legal analysis. Tobacco Regulatory Science 2016;2(3):252-262.

Jenson D; Lester J; Berman ML. FDA’s misplaced priorities: premarket review under the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act. Tobacco Control 2016;25(3):246-253.

Jin Y; Lu B; Klein EG; Berman M; Foraker RE; Ferketich AK. Tobacco-free pharmacy laws and trends in tobacco retailer density in California and Massachusetts. American Journal of Public Health 2016;106(4):679-685.

Berman ML. Raising the tobacco sales age to 21: surveying the legal landscape. Public Health Reports 2016;131:378-381.

Berman ML; Connolly G; Cummings MK; Djordjevic MV; Hatsukami DK; Henningfield JE; Myers M; O’Connor RJ; Parascandola M; Rees V; Rice JM; Shields PG. Providing a science base for the evaluation of tobacco products. Tobacco Regulatory Science 2015;1(1):76-93.

Yates K; Friedman K; Slater MD; Berman M; Paskett E; Ferketich AK. A content analysis of electronic cigarette portrayal in newspapers. Tobacco Regulatory Science 2015;1(1):94-102.

Klein EG; Shoben AB; Krygowski S; Ferketich AK; Berman M; Peters E; Unnava R; Wewers ME. Does size impact attention and recall of graphic health warnings? Tobacco Regulatory Science 2015;1(2):175-185.

Roberts ME; Berman ML; Slater MD; Hinton A; Ferketich AK. Point-of-sale tobacco marketing in rural and urban Ohio: Could the new landscape of tobacco products widen inequalities? Preventive Medicine 2015;81:232-235.

Legal Journals:

Micah L. Berman, Combining Accreditation and Education: An Interdisciplinary Public Health Law Course, 44 J. L. Med. & Ethics S18 (2016).

Micah L. Berman, Clarifying Standards for Compelled Commercial Speech, 40 Wash. U. J. L. & Pol’y 53 (2016).

Micah L. Berman, Manipulative Marketing and the First Amendment, 103 Geo. L.J. 497 (2015).

Micah L. Berman & Annice E. Kim, Bridging the Gap Between Science and Law: The Example of Tobacco Regulatory Science, 43 J.L. Med & Ethics S95 (2015).

Book Chapter:

Micah L. Berman, The Commercial Speech Doctrine in the United States: False Promises and Promising Approaches for Protecting Public Health, in Tobacco Advertising: The Front and Back Side of Free Commercial Speech (Adalberto Pasqualotto ed., 2015).

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