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Lainie Rutkow, PhD

Associate Professor

Departmental Affiliation(s):

Health Policy and Management
Health, Behavior and Society (Joint)

Center & Institute Affiliation(s):

Contact Information

624 N. Broadway
Hampton House 513
Baltimore , Maryland   21205



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


I am most interested in the use of the law (i.e., legislation, regulation, litigation) to protect and promote the public's health.  Specifically, I use mixed 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

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, emergency preparedness, public health practice, tobacco control, food policy, legal research, qualitative research

  • Rutkow L, Vernick JS, Semon NL, Flowers A, Errett NA, Links JM. Translating legal research on mental and behavioral health during emergencies for the public health workforce. Public Health Rep. 2014;129(Suppl 4):123-128. 

  • Rutkow L, Vernick JS, Thompson CB, Pirrallo RG, Barnett DJ. Emergency preparedness law and willingness to respond in the EMS workforce. Prehosp Disaster Med. 2014;29(4):358-363. 

  • Rutkow L. An analysis of state public health emergency declarations. Am J Public Health. 2014;104(9):1601-1605. 

  • Rutkow L, Vernick JS, Gakh M, Siegel J, Thompson CB, Barnett DJ. The public health workforce and willingness to respond to emergencies: a 50-state analysis of potentially influential laws. J Law Med Ethics. 2014;42(1):64-71.

  • Rutkow L, Vernick JS, Tung GJ, Cohen JE. Creating smoke-free places through the U.N. Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Am J Public Health. 2013;103(10):1748-1753.