Health Law: Improving Public Health


Course Code:
LAW 3009
Law Honors/Pass/Restrd Cr/Fail


(Formerly Law 762) This course examines how the law can be used to improve the public's health. The major questions explored are, what authority does the government have to regulate in the interest of public health? How are individual rights balanced against this authority? What are the benefits and pitfalls of using laws and litigation to achieve public health goals? The course investigates these issues as they operate in a range of specific contexts in public health, including the control and prevention of infectious disease; preventing obesity; reducing tobacco use; ensuring access to medical care; reducing firearm injuries; and responding to public health emergencies. In these contexts, we will ask and answer questions such as, what do the Constitution and key statutes permit? What makes a good public health law? Where do we see success stories—and failures—in public health law? What ethical and economic arguments justify government intervention to shape individuals' and companies' health-related behaviors? Instruction is through interactive lectures with a significant amount of class discussion and some group exercises. Class Participation, Written Assignments, Final Exam. Cross-listed with Medicine (MED 237).

Future Offerings

2017-2018 Spring

Health Law: Improving Public Health LAW 3009 Section 01 Class #20847

  • 3 Units

Notes: Cross-listed with Medicine (MED 237). One-Day Take-Home Exam.

    • Details to come
  • Mon Wed

Past Offerings

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