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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


Lainie Rutkow is Senior Adviser to the President for National Capital Academic Strategy. She is also a professor of health policy and management. Trained as a public health lawyer and researcher, Dr. Rutkow's work focuses on use of the law (i.e., legislation, regulation, litigation) to protect and promote the public's health. She uses 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, 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].
  • 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].
  • 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
  • Rutkow L, Vernick JS. Emergency legal authority and the opioid crisis. N Engl J Med. 2017;377:2512-2514. [PMID: 29140760]
  • Rutkow L, Smith KC, Lai AY, Vernick JS, Davis CS, Alexander GC. Prescription drug monitoring program design and function: a qualitative analysis. Drug Alcohol Depend. 2017;180:395-400. [PMID: 28978492]
  • 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