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Lainie Rutkow, PhD

  • Associate Professor

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624 N. Broadway
Hampton House 592
Baltimore, Maryland 21205


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PhD, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, 2009
MPH, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, 2005
JD, New York University School of Law, 2004


Trained as a public health lawyer and researcher, my work focuses on use of the law (i.e., legislation, regulation, litigation) to protect and promote the public's health. I use legal, qualitative, and quantitative methods to conduct research about public health law and policy, with an emphasis on emergency preparedness and chronic disease prevention. Additional interests include the intersection of politics and public health, public health practice, and community/academic public health partnerships.

Honors and Awards

Lipitz Public Health Policy Faculty Award, 2016

Advising, Mentoring, Teaching Recognition Award, 2012

Advising, Mentoring, Teaching Recognition Award, 2011

Student Assembly Recognition Award, 2009

Health Policy and Management Recognition Award, 2008

Abell Award in Urban Policy, 2007

Sommer Scholar, 2005-2009

Delta Omega, 2005

  • public health law
  • health policy
  • regulation
  • legislation
  • public health practice
  • emergency preparedness
  • prescription drug misuse
  • tobacco control
  • food policy
  • legal research
  • qualitative research

Selected recent publications

  • Rutkow L, Jabs A. U.S. state-level legislative responses to the Ebola outbreak: 2014-2015. Disaster Med Public Health Prep. 2016;10(4):649-653.
  • Rutkow L, Vernick JS, Thompson CB, Piltch-Loeb R, Barnett DJ. Legal protections to promote response willingness among the public health workforce. Disaster Med Public Health Prep. 2015;9(2):98-102. 
  • Rutkow L, Taylor HA, Gable L. Emergency preparedness and response for disabled individuals: implications of recent litigation. J Law Med Ethics. 2015;43(Suppl 1):91-94. 
  • Rutkow L, Turner L, Lucas E, Hwang C, Alexander GC. Most primary care physicians are aware of prescription drug monitoring programs, but many find data difficult to access. Health Aff. 2015;34(3):484-492. 
  • Rutkow L, Chang HY, Daubresse M, Webster DW, Stuart EA, Alexander GC. Effect of Florida’s prescription drug monitoring program and pill mill law on opioid prescribing and utilization. JAMA Int Med. 2015;175(10):1642-1649.