NAME Public Health Law
COURSE STARTS Open Enrollment
COURSE ENDS 7 weeks to complete from date of registration
COURSE DESCRIPTION This course is an introduction to public health law in the United States. Although it is designed for professionals who work in public health agencies, the modules introduce the basic fundamentals of law and the legal system in the US which are the same no matter what the core subject area of law is to be studied. Module One introduces the sources of law and the interplay among them. There is discussion of the sections of the US Constitution and amendments often cited as most applicable to the public health law arena. Module Two introduces the roles and powers of federal and state administrative agencies. Module Three is more specific to public health and discusses the difficulties in determining which laws can be considered as "public health" laws and regulations. Module Four discusses governmental powers in the case of emergency; the specific context of bioterrorism is used as the exemplary base for discussion. Module Five discusses the basics of the issue of public health information and privacy.


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