Public Health Law and Ethics

Section 1, Fall 17

Schedule Information

Enrollment: 12/64
Credits: 3

Course Description

This class will survey the legal, ethical, and policy issues that affect the health of populations.* The range of topics covered will include both domestic and global health problems. A defining feature of this class will be its reliance upon case studies of contemporary public health problems to demonstrate the practical challenges of applying the law to protect public health. For example, in Part I our study will begin with the challenge of public health emergencies, using the Ebola crisis as a case study. In Part II, we will consider the legal tools available to control public health, including immunization, surveillance, mandatory testing, labeling, and advertising controls. We will glean lessons from public health successes and failures, studying, for example, the history and epidemiology of the United States’ HIV/AIDS crisis, and New York City’s experience regulating sugary beverages. The primary requirement for this class is an open-book, open-notes take home examination. * This course is distinguished from LAW7080, Professor Riley’s Health Law Survey class, by its focus on population and community health issues. The survey course focuses primarily on laws, policies, and systems that govern individual health. Student interested in health law will benefit from taking both these courses which are complementary and not mutually exclusive.

Course Requirements

Exam Info:
Midterm Type (if any): None
Description: None

Final Type (if any): Due Date Only
Description: Take-home exam at end of semester.
Final Exam Notes:

Take-home exam at end of semester.

Written Work Product
Written Work Product: Students will be required to submit a 3-5 page response paper directly to professor, not via EXPO (deadline to be announced).

Other Work

Other Course Details
Prerequisites: None Concurrencies: None
Mutually Exclusive With: None
Laptops Allowed: Yes
First Day Attendance Required: No
Course Notes:

Graduation Requirements

*Satisfies Writing Requirement: No
**Credits For Prof. Skills Requirement: No
Satisfies Professional Ethics: No

*Yes means professor requires everyone in the course to submit a substantial research paper (which is the requirement standard in Academic Policies), so no paperwork required to be submitted to SRO. No means student must timely submit paperwork to SRO if intending to use a paper in this course to satisfy the Writing Requirement.

**Yes indicates course credits count towards UVA Law’s Prof. Skills graduation requirement, not necessarily a skills requirements for any particular state bar.

General Information

Schedule No.
Law No.
Modified Type
Cross Listed: Yes
Cross-Listed Course Mnemonic: PHS 7500
Concentrations: Health Law
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