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Lainie Rutkow, PhD, JD

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624 N. Broadway
Hampton House 592
Baltimore, Maryland 21205

410-614-6404

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Education

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

Overview

Lainie Rutkow is a Professor of Health Policy and Management at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, with joint appointments in the Bloomberg School’s Department of Health, Behavior and Society and the School of Medicine’s Department of Emergency Medicine. She serves as Senior Adviser to the President of Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Rutkow works at the intersection of public policy, law, and health, using legal, qualitative, and quantitative methods to determine how law influences public health outcomes. She is particularly interested in sub-national natural experiments involving public health laws, and has led seminal evaluations of U.S. states’ legal efforts to promote emergency preparedness, address opioid use disorders, and mitigate childhood obesity. She has authored over 125 peer-reviewed publications on these and related topics in journals including JAMA, New England Journal of Medicine, and the American Journal of Public Health. Her work has been supported by the National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and American Heart Association. Dr. Rutkow was the inaugural visiting scholar with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Public Health Law Program. She earned a BA in comparative literature and history of science and medicine from Yale University, and holds a JD from New York University School of Law, and an MPH and PhD, in health policy, from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She is a member of the bar in New York.

Honors and Awards

Outstanding Achievement in Public Health, Research!America, for Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center, 2021 (Full team award. Dr. Rutkow led the overall team)

Best Inventions of 2020, TIME, for Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center (Full team award. Dr. Rutkow led the overall team)

Outstanding Evaluation Award, American Evaluation Association, 2018 (Full team award. Dr. Rutkow led a sub-team)

Advising, Mentoring, Teaching Recognition Award, 2011, 2012

Delta Omega, 2005

  • public health law
  • health policy
  • regulation
  • legislation
  • public health practice
  • emergency preparedness
  • substance use disorders
  • food policy
  • tobacco control
  • legal research
  • qualitative research

Selected recent publications

  • Errett NE, Sauer L, Rutkow L. Are international travel bans an effective control measure for emerging infectious diseases? An integrative review. J Emerg Manag. 2020;18(1):7-14. [PMID: 32031668].
  • McCourt AD, Sunshine G, Rutkow L. Judicial opinions arising from emergency preparedness, response, and recovery activities. Health Secur. 2019;17(3):240-247. [PMID: 31206320].
  • Rutkow L, McGinty MD, Wetter S, Vernick JS. Local public health policy makers’ views on state preemption: results of a national survey, 2018. Am J Public Health. 2019;109(8):1107-1110. [PMID: 31219716].
  • Gakh M, Callahan K, Goodie A, Rutkow L. How have states used executive orders to address public health? J Public Health Manag Prac. 2019;25(1):78-80. [PMID: 29889178].
  • Rutkow L, Vernick JS. Emergency legal authority and the opioid crisis. N Engl J Med. 2017;377:2512-2514. [PMID: 29140760]
  • Center for Public Health Preparedness
  • Effect of Variations in State Emergency Preparedness Laws on the Public Health Workforce's Willingness to Respond in Emergencies
  • Multi-Criteria Disaster Vulnerability Assessment: Critical Infrastructure, Human Behavior, and Public Policy
  • Preparedness and Emergency Response Research Center: Legal and Ethical Assessments Concerning Mental and Behavioral Health Preparedness
  • Preparedness and Emergency Response Research Center: Supplement