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Public Health Agencies: Law, Policy and Practice


East Baltimore
4th term
Health Policy and Management
3 credits
Academic Year:
2019 - 2020
Class Times:
  • M W,  1:30 - 2:50pm
Auditors Allowed:
Yes, with instructor consent
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructor :
Helaine Rutkow

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


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 Objectives:

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

  1. Explain the role of governmental agencies and actions they may take to promote the public’s health
  2. Identify and interpret public health regulations and other administrative materials
  3. Prepare materials suitable to be submitted in the notice and comment process
  4. Analyze examples of how the law facilitates or limits governmental agencies’ activities
  5. 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%)

Instructor Consent:

Consent required for some students

Consent Note:

undergrads permitted with consent of instructor

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