Law in Public Health Practice / Edition 2

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Continually changing health threats, technologies, science, and demographics require that public health professionals have an understanding of law sufficient to address complex new public health challenges as they come into being. Law in Public Health Practice, Second Edition provides a thorough 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.

As in the previous edition, each chapter is authored jointly by experts in law and public health. This new edition features three completely new chapters, with several others thoroughly revised and updated. New chapters address such topics as the structure of law in US public health systems and practice, the role of the judiciary in public health, and law in chronic disease prevention and control. The chapter on public health emergencies has also been fully revised to take into account both the SARS epidemic of 2003 and the events of the Fall of 2001. The chapter now discusses topics such as the legal basis for declaring emergencies, the legal structure of mutual aid agreements, and the role of the military in emergencies. Other fully revised chapters include those on genomics, injury prevention, identifiable health information, and ethics in the practice of public health.

The book begins with a section on the legal basis for public health practice, including foundations and structure of the law, discussions of the judiciary, ethics and practice of public health, and criminal law and international considerations. The second section focuses on core public health applications and the law, and includes chapters on legal counsel for public health practitioners, legal authorities for interventions in public health emergencies, and considerations for special populations. The third section discusses the law in controlling and preventing diseases, injuries, and disabilities. This section includes chapters on genomics, vaccinations, foodborne illness, STDs, reproductive health, chronic disease control, tobacco use, and occupational and environmental health.

All chapters take a practical approach and are written in an accessible, user-friendly fashion. This is an excellent resource for a wide readership of public health practitioners, lawyers, and healthcare providers, as well as for educators and students of law and public health.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"The organization of the book, with a series of substantive analyses of a range of public health areas gives a good snapshot of issues... Authors have approached their areas with a clear expression of why they are urgent and necessary." --Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health

"...the book makes an important and needed contribution to educating professionals while invigorating and advancing the partnership between law and public health." --Journal of Legal Medicine

"The reader is invited to improve their understanding of the legal principles underlying public health practice; that is to say how law may be applied to improve the health of people. And after reading the book, this aspiration is reached, especially the discovery of the wide range of daily activities of public health where the legal dimension is present." --Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health Online

"We need the law to assist in the protection of our health and welfare. This book shows us how."--J R Coll Physicians

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195301489
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 11/23/2006
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 608
  • Sales rank: 1,308,190
  • Product dimensions: 9.30 (w) x 6.30 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

University of Colorado Health Sciences Center

New York City Department of Health & Mental Hygiene

University of North Carolina School of Public Health

University of Louisville School of Medicine

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Table of Contents

Introduction: The Interdependency of Law and Public Health. Wendy E. Parmet
Perspective: Law and Great Public Health Achievements. Anthony D. Moulton, Richard A. Goodman, and Wendy E. Parmet
Section I. Legal Basis for Public Health Practice.
1. The Law and the Public's Health: The Foundations, Lawrence O. Gostin, F. Ed Thompson, and Frank P. Grad
2. The Structure of Law in Public Health Systems and Practice, Richard A. Goodman, Paula L. Kocher, Daniel J. O'Brien, and Frank S. Alexander
3. Regulating Public Health: Principles and Application of Administrative Law, Peter D. Jacobson, Richard E. Hoffman, and Wilfredo Lopez
4. Public Health and the Judiciary, Daniel D. Stier and Diane M. Nicks
5. Ethics and the Practice of Public Health, Ruth Gaare Bernheim, Phillip Nieburg, and Richard J. Bonnie
6. Criminal Law and Public Health Practice, Zita Lazzarini, Richard A. Goodman, and Kim S. Dammers
7. International Considerations, David P. Fidler and Martin S. Cetron
Section II. The Law and Core Public Health Applications.
8. Legal Counsel to Public Health Practitioners, Wilfredo Lopez and Thomas R. Frieden
9. Frontline Public Health: Surveillance and Outbreak Investigations, Verla S. Neslund, Richard A. Goodman, and James L. Hadler
10. Identifiable Health Information and the Public's Health: Practice, Research, and Policy, James G. Hodge, Jr., Richard E. Hoffman, Deborah W. Tress, and Verla S. Neslund
11. Legal Authorities for Interventions in Public Health Emergencies, Gene W. Matthews, Ernest B. Abbott, Richard E. Hoffman, and Martin S. Cetron
12. Considerations for Special Populations, T. Howard Stone, Heather H. Horton, Robert M. Pestronk, and Montrece M. Ransom
Section III. The Law in Controlling and Preventing Diseases, Injuries, and Disabilities.
13. Integrating Genomics into Public Health Policy and Practice, Ellen Wright Clayton and Mark A. Rothstein
14. Vaccination Mandates: The Public Health Imperative and Individual Rights, Kevin M. Malone and Alan R. Hinman
15. Control of Foodborne Diseases, Leslie Kux, Jeremy Sobel, and Kevin Fain
16. Bloodborne and Sexually Transmitted Infections, Edward P. Richards, III and Guthrie S. Birkhead
17. Chronic Disease Control, Angela K. McGowan, Ross C. Brownson, Lynne S. Wilcox, and George A. Mensah
18. Prevention and Control of Diseases Associated with Tobacco Use, Richard A. Daynard, Mark A. Gottlieb, Edward L. Sweda, Jr., Lissy C. Friedman, and Michael P. Eriksen
19. Reproductive Health, Bebe J. Anderson, Maurizio Macaluso, and Lynne S. Wilcox
20. Environmental Health and Protection, Paul A. Locke, Henry Falk, Christopher S. Kochtitsky, and Christine P. Bump
21. Injury Prevention, Daniel D. Stier, James A. Mercy, and Melvin Kohn
22. Occupational Safety and Health Law, Gary Rischitelli and Michael A. Silverstein
Legal Glossary for Public Health Practitioners.

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