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306.650.01 PUBLIC HEALTH AND THE LAW

Term: 3rd term
Credits: 3 credits
Contact: Jon Vernick
Academic Year: 2014 - 2015
Course Instructor:
Description:

Introduces non-lawyers to the important role played by the law in determining the public's health. Students analyze judicial opinions, statutes, and regulations in classroom discussions. Covers substantive legal topics including the balance between individual rights and public health initiatives, privacy, medical malpractice, and informed consent.

Learning Objective(s):
Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
Describe the process of legal reasoning
Assess substantive law in several areas relevant to public health
Describe the process of legal research
Define some legal terminology
Analyze how the law deals with biomedical and health information
Identify legal issues
Determine when to consult legal counsel

Methods of Assessment: Student evaluation based on a final exam or a term paper (students choice).
Location: East Baltimore
Class Times:
  • Tuesday 3:30 - 6:20
Enrollment Minimum: 10
Enrollment Maximum: 115
Instructor Consent: Consent required for some students

Consent required of undergraduates

For consent, contact: jvernick@jhsph.edu
Auditors Allowed: Yes, with instructor consent
Grading Restriction: Letter Grade or Pass/Fail