Public Health Law & Policy

Limited to 16

This seminar will explore the legal and ethical tensions between the responsibility of governments (federal, state, local) to promote and protect the health of the public and their obligation to ensure individual rights. Typical public health law areas will be analyzed, such as food and drug safety, disease and injury prevention (clean needle exchanges, obesity and nutrition, regulation of tobacco and alcohol), required immunizations, mandatory testing and treatment, mandatory reporting/surveillance of injury and disease, and “social distancing” (isolation and quarantine). Constitutional and statutory powers, the administrative processes/mechanisms for carrying out these powers, as well as the regulatory origins of public health policy will be examined. Students will prepare two (2) papers. Evaluation will be based on the papers, class participation, and paper presentation. Meets the Capstone or WIE writing requirement.