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Term: 4th term
Credits: 3 credits
Contact: Helaine Rutkow
Academic Year: 2012 - 2013
Course Instructor:
  • Helaine Rutkow

Explores the important and expanding role that regulatory or administrative agencies, such as FDA and EPA, play in protecting and promoting the public’s health. Examines agencies’ ability to create and implement health policy, and discusses the legal limits on agency powers. Discusses how agencies develop regulations and employ other regulatory tools. Uses case studies to illustrate key concepts, such as the role of science in the regulatory process and the influence of politics on agency actions. Class sessions involve the interpretation and analysis of judicial opinions, regulations, and other administrative materials. Focuses on U.S. regulatory policy, but also examines examples and implications for international health policy. This course builds on the skills introduced in 306.650, and exposes students to new public health law and policy topics relevant to regulatory agencies.

Learning Objective(s):
Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
Explain the role of governmental agencies and actions they may take to promote the public’s health
Identify and interpret public health regulations and other administrative materials
Prepare materials suitable to be submitted in the notice and comment process
Analyze examples of how the law facilitates or limits governmental agencies’ activities
Assess how politics may influence governmental agencies’ development and implementation of health policy

Methods of Assessment: The weight for the student evaluation will be: class participation (10%); midterm assignment (40%); final examination (50%)
Location: East Baltimore
Class Times:
  • Monday 3:30 - 4:50
  • Wednesday 3:30 - 4:50
Enrollment Minimum: 10
Instructor Consent: Consent required for some students

undergrads permitted with consent of instructor

For consent, contact:

Public Health and the Law (306.650) or consent of instructor

Auditors Allowed: Yes, with instructor consent
Grading Restriction: Letter Grade or Pass/Fail