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Law in Public Health Practice

Richard A. Goodman, Richard E. Hoffman, Wilfredo Lopez, Gene W. Matthews, Mark Rothstein, and Karen Foster


Continually changing health threats, technologies, science, and demographics require that public health professionals have an understanding of law sufficient to address complex new problems as they come into being. This book provides a review of the legal basis and authorities for the core elements of public health practice and solid discussions of existing and emerging high-priority areas where law and public health intersect. Each chapter is authored jointly by experts in law and public health. This second edition features three new chapters, with several others revised and updated. New chap ... More

Keywords: health threats, public health practice, criminal law, legal counsel, legal authorities, intervention, public health emergencies, preventing diseases, environmental health

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780195301489
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195301489.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Richard A. Goodman, editor
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Richard E. Hoffman, editor
University of Colorado Health Sciences Center

Wilfredo Lopez, editor
New York City Department of Health & Mental Hygiene




Section I Legal Basis for Public Health Practice

Section II The Law and Core Public Health Applications

Section III The Law in Controlling and Preventing Diseases, Injuries, and Disabilities

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