Spring 2016 Course Schedule

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

Meets: 10:00 AM - 11:50 AM (Th) - Capital - Room C217

Enrolled: 11 / Limit: 11

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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 well being. 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, 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, well being, and equity. Students may take the course for either two or three credits. Students taking the course for three credits will 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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The required text is LAWRENCE O. GOSTIN & LINDSAY F. WILEY, PUBLIC HEALTH LAW: POWER, DUTY, RESTRAINT, 3d.ed. (2016). Do not purchase the second edition, published in 2008. The third edition, which is the required text, is currently available for pre-order on Amazon. It should be available from other sources shortly. The book is scheduled for distribution on Jan. 15, 2016. I will make the first chapter available on MyWCL so that you have it in advance of the first class. Supplemental materials for case studies will also be posted to MyWCL.

First Class Readings

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