Public Health Law Explained

The Center for Disease Control explains the role law in public health and the concept of public health law in Law and Public Health at CDC.

'The concept of public health law has evolved into overlapping paradigms. One paradigm frames public health practice in relation to multiple sources of law (e.g., statutes and regulations) and to fields of law (e.g., constitutional and environmental law). The other, a more scholarly view, focuses on the legal powers and duties of government to ensure public health and limitations on government powers to constrain the protected liberties of individuals....'

Accordingly, the CDC has established the Public Health Law Program (PHLP). 'Primary goals of PHLP are to enhance the public health system's legal preparedness to address emerging threats, chronic diseases, and other national public health priorities and to improve use of law to support program activities. PHLP focuses on these goals by 1) strengthening the competencies of public health professionals, attorneys, and other practitioners to apply law to public health; 2) stimulating applied research about the effectiveness of laws in public health; 3) fostering partnerships among organizations and professionals working in public health and law; and 4) developing and disseminating authoritative information about public health law to public health practice, policy, and other communities.'

Tsbles 1 and 2 in the article graphically explain the role of law in public health. The Public Health Law Program is increasingly important in facilitating a public health disaster preparedness.

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