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Clinic for Public Health Law and Policy


East Baltimore
3rd term
Health Policy and Management
4 credits
Academic Year:
2019 - 2020
Class Times:
  • M W,  3:30 - 5:20pm
Auditors Allowed:
Grading Restriction:
Course Instructor s:
Joanne Rosen

The Clinic for Public Health Law and Policy explores the role of law and policy as tools to advance public health and provides a unique experiential learning opportunity for students to help solve real, current and compelling public health problems. By taking on a public health issue for which there is not yet a readily available solution, students are challenged to explore and evaluate the effectiveness and feasibility of innovative legal, policy and regulatory strategies that address the issue.

Uses current and compelling public health problems to engage students in an interactive learning experience. Offers an opportunity for developing practical skills necessary to solve critical public health problems and interact with policymakers, legislators, regulators and/or litigators to propose and implement feasible legal and policy solutions. Engages clinic students in collaborative work with faculty and in leadership roles, setting the agenda for each class, researching the science and law, and formulating the proposed law and policy recommendations.

Learning Objectives:

Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:

  1. Identify the available legal, policy and/or regulatory strategies that can be utilized to address a current public health problem
  2. Evaluate the potential effectiveness and feasibility of different legal, policy and/or regulatory strategies
  3. Identify and evaluate the “best practices” that have been adopted in other jurisdictions to address a current public health problem
  4. Work collaboratively with other students
  5. Interact with public health experts in the relevant fields, including science, epidemiology, law and policy
  6. Describe the roles of public health professionals, policy makers, and advocates in promoting and protecting the public’s health
  7. Prepare a written brief or other document that can be used by public health decision-makers to address a current public health problem
Methods of Assessment:

class participation (50%) and a group project/presentation (50%) at the end of the term.

Enrollment Restriction:

undergraduates are not permitted in this course

Instructor Consent:

No consent required

Special Comments:

Students do not need to have any legal experience to enroll. In each term, students will engage with lawyers, policymakers, and influential stakeholders. Due to the strong community involvement component, the Clinic has been approved as fulfilling the MPH practicum hours in full.