Do you know how the law contributed to motor vehicle safety, vaccination, or safer workplaces? Law reform or litigation has played a part in most of the greatest public health achievements in the 20th century. As public health professionals and leaders, understanding public health law and how to use it is essential to protecting the public’s health. In this module, you will learn how to assess when to involve legal counsel, how to get effective legal advice, and what laws will affect your decision-making ability when facing public health threats. By the end, you will be able to use core concepts of public health law to more effectively protect the public’s health while avoiding legal trouble.
After completing this module, participants should be able to:
Recognize legal issues.
Formulate legal questions.
Implement effective strategies for working with legal counsel.
Describe key principles of public health law.
Identify key public health laws that govern leadership’s responsibilities, authority, and limitations.
The primary audience is governmental public health leadership and practitioners without formal legal training.
This module is intended for instructional use only and is not intended as a substitute for professional legal or other advice. While every effort has been made to verify the accuracy of these materials, legal authorities and requirements may vary from jurisdiction to jurisdiction. Always seek the advice of an attorney or other qualified professional with any questions you may have regarding legal matters.
Jeffrey Killip, JD, MPH
Principal, Killip Consulting, LLC
Regulatory Counsel, Western Institutional Review Board
Susan Allan, MD, JD, MPH
Northwest Center for Public Health Practice
University of Washington