Epidemiology and the Law
This chapter provides a concise overview of the U.S. legal system, methods, and procedures as they might relate to the interests and duties of epidemiologic practitioners, whether they are based in local, state, or federal public health agencies, in academia, or in other settings. It examines U.S. law in relation to two areas of fundamental interest and importance to epidemiologists: the public health practice core applications of surveillance and outbreak investigations, and considerations for the epidemiologist as a potential expert witness or when she or he otherwise might become involved in related litigation. The chapter concludes by addressing the roles of epidemiology and the epidemiologist in lawmaking—specifically, in the processes of translating epidemiologic data into policy and law.
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