Training & Education Resources
The Public Health Law Program develops and makes available for public use a growing portfolio of courses and other learning materials in applied public health law. This section of our website lists those resources as well as selected other, related materials that have been prepared by others and have been brought to our attention. We welcome your feedback and suggestions for additional training and education resources you would find useful.
- Public Health Law 101 This foundational course on public health law was designed by Program staff as a learning resource for public health practitioners, students, and others.
- "Public Health Emergency Law 3.0" This course was designed for
front-line public health, emergency management, law
enforcement, and other all-hazards public health emergency
planners and responders, helps trainees develop a
foundational understanding of law essential to legal
preparedness for effectively managing public health
- "Community Public Health Emergency Legal Preparedness" This workshop-based learning resource brings together the legal counsel to public health agencies with counterparts from hospitals and
other health care organizations to enhance their mutual understanding of the legal framework in which health care providers operate
during public health emergencies.
- "Jacobson v. Massachusetts and Public Health Law: Perspectives in 2005" Interactive presentation of the landmark 1905 U.S. Supreme
Court ruling that upheld the state’s requirement that adults be immunized against smallpox.
- "Law as
the Basis of Public Health Action" An introduction to public health law
(PowerPoint file) by Frederic E. Shaw, MD, JD, and Richard A. Goodman, MD, JD
from the CDC Public Health Law Program. Describes the core concepts of public
- 26 Readings in Public Health
Law This collection of readings is designed to provide a foundation for
understanding public health law.
- The "Swimming with Sharks: Environmental Health in the
Context of Litigation" DVD, produced by the Southern Center
for Excellence in Environmental Health is a concise, 30-minute
review of issues that front-line public health practitioners
encounter in responding to litigation and in using litigation as
tool to advance the health of the public health.
- "The Historical Role
of Attorneys and 21st Century Public Health Practice." A PowerPoint
presententation from the American Bar Association's Center for Continuing
Legal Education teleconference series, entitled "Understanding the Role of
Public Health in Your Practice." Presented by Gene W. Matthews, JD, CDC
Foundation, Atlanta, Georgia, August 10, 2005.
- "Comparison of
Health Laws." A presentation at "The Public's Health and the Law
in the 21st Century, 3rd Annual Conference" by Audrey Kaiser Manka, JD,
Minnesota Assistant Attorney General, June 2004, Atlanta, Georgia.
- "Introduction to Public
Health in the Constitutional Design." A presentation by Samantha K.
Graff, Staff Attorney, Technical Assistance Legal Center, Public Health
Institute. Presented at the Ventura County Health Department, California on
October 29, 2003.
- "State Statutory
and Administrative: Law Research, Analysis, and Surveillance: Challenges and
Opportunities". A presentation by Jamie F. Chriqui, Ph.D., M.H.S.,
Vice-President, Center for Health Policy and Legislative Analysis, The
MayaTech Corporation, given to the CDC Work Group on Public Health Law
Surveillance, April 1, 2004.
- "When Public Health Goes
to Court," Jan. 21, 2003, by Hon. Linda L. Chezem, Senior Judge, Harrison
County, Indiana. Sponsored by the CDC Public Health Law Program.