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The CDC Field Epidemiology Manual$
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Sonja A. Rasmussen and Richard A. Goodman

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780190933692

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190933692.001.0001

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Legal Considerations

Legal Considerations

(p.263) 13 Legal Considerations
The CDC Field Epidemiology Manual

James D. Holt

Sudevi Navalkar Ghosh

Jennifer R. Black

Oxford University Press

Epidemiologists are not expected to know every facet of public law. However, field epidemiology requires an appreciation of applicable legal authorities and general legal responsibilities of public health officials. Applicable legal authorities vary by jurisdiction. The general legal responsibilities will pertain to the range of public health activities, including public health surveillance; privacy of medical records; and privacy concerns related to collection, analysis, and dissemination of data. Epidemiologists need to understand the scope of the federal and state legal authorities that support their work in the field. The exercise of these often broad authorities is restrained by the liberty and due process protections provided by the US Constitution and state constitutions. The primary objective of this chapter is to provide basic information about laws and regulations that will or may affect the work of epidemiologists as they conduct investigations.

Keywords:   legal, law, statute, rule, regulation, due process, police powers, privacy

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