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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

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"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: 9780195148718
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 1/28/2003
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 496
  • Product dimensions: 9.30 (w) x 6.30 (h) x 1.30 (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

Contributors
Glossary of Selected Legal Terms Used in This Book
Introduction: The Interdependency of Law and Public Health
Pt. I Legal Basis for Public Health Practice
1 The Law and the Public's Health: The Foundations 3
2 Regulating Public Health: Principles and Applications of Administrative Law 23
3 Ethics and the Practice of Public Health 43
4 Criminal Law and Public Health Practice 63
5 International Considerations 93
Pt. II The Law and Core Public Health Functions
6 Interaction Between Public Health Practitioners and Legal Counsel 123
7 Frontline Public Health: Surveillance and Outbreak Investigations 143
8 Public Health Research and Health Information 160
9 Implementation and Management of Public Health Programs in a Managed-Care Legal Framework 175
10 Legal Authorities for Interventions During Public Health Emergencies 195
11 Considerations for Special Populations 211
Pt. III The Law in Controlling and Preventing Diseases, Injuries, and Disabilities
12 Integrating Genomics into Public Health Policy and Practice 245
13 Vaccination Mandates: The Public Health Imperative and Individual Rights 262
14 Control of Foodborne Diseases 285
15 Bloodborne and Sexually Transmitted Infections 307
16 Tobacco Prevention and Control 323
17 Reproductive Health 348
18 Environmental Health and Protection 371
19 Injury Prevention and the Law 399
20 Occupational Safety and Health Law 416
Index 441
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