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Lainie Rutkow, PhD, JD

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624 N. Broadway
Hampton House 592
Baltimore, Maryland 21205


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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


Trained as a public health lawyer and researcher, my work focuses on use of the law (i.e., legislation, regulation, litigation) to protect and promote the public's health. I use legal, qualitative, and quantitative methods to conduct research about public health law and policy, with an emphasis on emergency preparedness and state and local public health legal innovation. Additional interests include the intersection of politics and public health, public health practice, and community/academic public health partnerships.

Honors and Awards

Lipitz Public Health Policy Faculty Award, 2016, 2017

Advising, Mentoring, Teaching Recognition Award, 2011, 2012

Student Assembly Recognition Award, 2009

Health Policy and Management Recognition Award, 2008

Abell Award in Urban Policy, 2007

Sommer Scholar, 2005-2009

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

  • Rutkow L, Vernick JS, Alexander GC. More states should regulate pain management clinics to promote public health. Am J Public Health. 2017;107(2):240-243.
  • Rutkow L, Mitrani-Reiser J, Barnett DJ. Promoting comprehensive disaster policy through interdisciplinary collaboration. Inj Prev. 2017;23(3):195-196.
  • Rutkow L, Jones-Smith J, Walters HJ, O’Hara M, Bleich SN. Factors that encourage and discourage policy-making to prevent childhood obesity. J Public Health Policy. 2016;37(4):514-527.
  • Rutkow L, Jabs A. U.S. state-level legislative responses to the Ebola outbreak: 2014-2015. Disaster Med Public Health Prep. 2016;10(4):649-653.
  • Rutkow L, Chang HY, Daubresse M, Webster DW, Stuart EA, Alexander GC. Effect of Florida’s prescription drug monitoring program and pill mill law on opioid prescribing and utilization. JAMA Int Med. 2015;175(10):1642-1649.