Spring 2012 Course Schedule

Public Health Law & Policy (LAW-834-001)

Meets: 10:00 AM - 11:50 AM (T) - Room 527

Enrolled: 11 / Limit: 14

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This seminar is focused on the use of law and policy tools to promote access to healthy living conditions as an important determinant of population health and community wellbeing. We will identify priorities and opportunities for public health law and policy interventions that seek to characterize, prevent, and ameliorate risks to population health. We will examine the legal powers and duties of the state to ensure the conditions required for people to be healthy. We will also discuss individual rights as limitations on the power of the state to act in furtherance of the common good. Through case studies and simulations on topics such as sexually transmitted infections, tobacco control, obesity, exposure to environmental hazards, and public health emergencies, students will engage in an experiential and problem-based study of law as a tool for promotion of population health, wellbeing, and equity. Intensive student projects will form a core component of the seminar experience, inviting students to develop a creative, evidence-based advocacy strategy for addressing an identified public health need within a defined population.

Textbooks and Other Materials

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The required texts for this course are Larry Gostin, Public Health Law: Power, Duty, Restraint, 2008 edition ("Text") and Lawrence Gostin, Public Health Law and Ethics: a Reader, 2010 edition ("Reader").

First Class Readings

Text 3-38; 373-374; Reader 24-29. Please also review the description of student projects included in the syllabus, which will be posted to MyWCL before the first class.


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