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SchoolDepartmentFaculty
Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public HealthHealth Policy & ManagementAmeet Sarpatwari
TermDay and TimeLocation
Spring 2 2018  (show academic calendar)Th   5:30 p.m. - 8:20 p.m.Kresge 200 (HSPH)
Credits
2.5  (show credit conversion for other schools)
Credit Level
Graduate

Description
The course is designed to provide students with an overview of what public health law is; why it matters to public health practitioners and providers; how the law can be used to change health outcomes; and how the law can negatively affect population health. Among the questions explored are:The course is designed to provide students with an overview of what public health law is; why it matters to public health practitioners and providers; how the law can be used to change health outcomes; and how the law can negatively affect population health. Among the questions explored are:1. What authority does the government have to regulate in the interest of public health?2. How are individual rights balanced against this authority?3. How can criminal statutes, civil litigation, and patent law be used to promote or negatively affect public health?The course investigates these issues as they operate a range of specific contexts in public health and medical care, including the control and prevention of HIV/AIDS and other communicable diseases, influencing health behaviors that lead to obesity, rights to medical care, reproductive health, and lawsuits against tabacco and gun companies. The course touches on constitutional law, criminal law, tort law, and intellectual property law. Instruction is through interactive lectures with significant amount of class discussion. Most classes will revolve around two to three legal cases.Course Note: No previous background in law is needed.Registration Note: Priority is given to MPH45-HP students

Prerequisite(s)
HSPH: HSPH Degr + PHD Stu

 
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Eligible for cross-registration
With permission of instructor/subject to availability

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