Spring 2018 Course Schedule

Public Health Law & Policy (LAW-834-001A)
Lindsay Wiley

Meets: 02:00 PM - 03:50 PM (Tu) - Warren - Room N100C

Enrolled: 14 / Limit: 22

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Assessment: Paper,Writing Assignments,In-class Project(s),Out-of-class Project(s),Class Participation


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, the opioid crisis, antibiotic resistance, 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. Students may take the course for either two or three credits. Students taking the course for three credits will enroll in an independent study (instructor permission required) and undertake an intensive project to develop a creative, evidence-based advocacy strategy for using law and policy tools to address an identified public health need within a defined population.

Textbooks and Other Materials

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Lawrence O. Gostin and Lindsay F. Wiley, Public Health Law: Power, Duty, Restraint, 3d ed. 2016.

First Class Readings

Not available at this time.


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