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Center for Law and the Public’s Health


The Center for Law and the Public’s Health explores innovative uses of the law through legal and empirical research in diverse areas related to public health. Our faculty frequently work closely with policymakers and public health practitioners at the local, state, and federal levels.

As part of its research agenda, the Center produces multiple resources of use to public health, legal, and other stakeholders. These resources include fact sheets, legal memoranda, slideshows, policy analyses, and peer-reviewed scholarly articles. The projects described in this section have been funded by a variety of sources. Center publications, faculty research publications, and information for the general public are available on this website or by contacting the Center directly.

Selected Research Topics

The Center empirically evaluates and analyzes the effects of public health laws. In addition, the Center analyzes emerging and innovative uses of law to protect the public's health.
The Center pioneered the concept that litigation can serve as a tool to protect and promote the public's health, with a focus on areas that include motor vehicle safety, alcohol policy and consumer protection.
The Center analyzes obesity and food policy issues, such as the use of zoning to prevent obesity and legal concerns related to food labeling.
The Center studies policies and laws related to vaccines. Center research focuses on vaccine injury compensation, health care worker immunizations and childhood immunization requirements.
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