Public Health Law and Policy Program

The Public Health Law and Policy Program (PHLPP), part of  the Center for Law, Science & Innovation, brings together scholars, practitioners, policymakers, students, and others to focus on critical issues at the intersection of law, ethics, policy, and the public's health. In combination with additional health law offerings at the College of Law, PHLPP is a nationally-ranked program among U.S. News and World Report's 2015 Graduate Law School Health Law Programs. 

PHLPP hosts the Western Region Office of the national Network for Public Health Law, a multi-year initiative funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The Western Region Office provides public health law technical assistance, training, and other guidance to practitioners in 11 Western states and on other topics nationally. To date, it has received over 900 active requests for assistance. RWJ Foundation has continued funding for the Western Region Office through March 15, 2015.

PHLPP is also an academic home to the Masters of Laws (LLM) in Public Health Law and Policy. This unique academic program is avaialable to JD candidates interested in studying core facets of public health law and policy through diverse, advanced coursework over 1-2 years. 

In June 2012, PHLPP conducted a review of colleagues teaching public health law (or similarly-titled courses) at schools of law, public health, and medicine in the United States.  See the PDF copy of the most current version of the Public Health Law Professors List and accompanying PowerPoint Illustration

Later the Program surveyed colleagues about their public health law courses. Initial survey results are available in the following PowerPoint document, Public Health Law Professor Survey - Results (as of November 14, 2012) and additional narrative analyses of these data were recently published in A modern survey on teaching public health law in the United States, featured in the Journal of Law, Medicine, and Ethics (JLME).

Among additional projects and issues in public health law and policy which faculty, students, and affiliated professionals at PHLPP are focused include:

Guided by a diverse group of faculty, scholars, fellows, and partners, PHLPP seeks to promote the role of law as a tool for improving the public's health by:

  • Conducting legal research and analysis in targeted areas of public health through core public health law projects;
  • Working with international, federal, state, tribal, and local public  health leaders to provide technical assistance on public health law and policy issues;
  • Developing innovative public health law tools and training/education materials;
  • Serving as an interactive resource for practical and scholarly information on public health law, policy, and ethics; and
  • Developing scholarly and practice-based resources and other tools in public health preparedness and other topics. 
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