The Public Health Law and Policy Program (PHLP) 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. With additional health law offerings at the College of Law, PHLP is nationally-ranked 12th on the U.S. News and World Report's 2015 Health Law Programs.
PHLP 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 nearly 1500 requests for assistance. The RWJ Foundation has continued funding for the Western Region Office through April 30, 2017.
PHLP 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.
As part of ongoing development of the field of public health law, PHLP 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 accompanying PowerPoint Illustration, the Public Health Law Professor Survey - Results (as of Nov. 14, 2012), and accompanying article 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, PHLP seeks to promote the role of law as a tool for improving the public's health by: