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Public Health and the Law

East Baltimore
3rd term
Health Policy and Management
3 credits
Academic Year:
2021 - 2022
Instruction Method:
Synchronous Online
Class Times:
  • Tuesday,  2:30 - 5:20pm
Auditors Allowed:
Yes, with instructor consent
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructor:
Jon Vernick

Introduces non-lawyers to the important role played by the law in determining the public's health. Students analyze judicial opinions, statutes, and regulations in classroom discussions. Covers substantive legal topics including the balance between individual rights and public health initiatives, privacy, medical malpractice, and informed consent.

Learning Objectives:

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

  1. Describe the process of legal reasoning
  2. Assess substantive law in several areas relevant to public health
  3. Describe the process of legal research
  4. Define some legal terminology
  5. Analyze how the law deals with biomedical and health information
  6. Identify legal issues
  7. Determine when to consult legal counsel
Methods of Assessment:

This course is evaluated as follows:

  • 20% Midterm
  • 80% Final Exam

Instructor Consent:

Consent required for some students

Consent Note:

Consent required of undergraduates

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