Public Health and the Law

Students will learn about the impact of public health on the development of constitutional and tort jurisprudence and how jurisprudence has impacted development of public health law and policy. The course will cover the interplay between federal, state, and local public health agencies. We will examine the impact of preemption, public health ethics, epidemiology, and other factors on the development of public health laws. Specific topics will include substance use and addiction (tobacco, alcohol, opioids), food safety and security, regulation of cannabis, immigration and public health, vaccination policy, and any new, cutting-edge issues of public health law. Students will be responsible for covering “public health in the news” stories for each class session and will engage in meaningful discussion around those topics.

Students may choose to take the course for two credits, with a final exam, or they may choose to take the course for three credits, with a final paper.

Key to Codes in Course Descriptions
P: Prerequisite
C: Prerequisite or Concurrent Requirement
R: Recommended Prior or Concurrent Course