*Public Health Law (21595). 4 units. In the practice of public health, the patient is the population rather than the individual; and actions and policies to promote public health therefore consider the welfare of the collective, often without regard for the interests of individuals. In liberal society, public health practice therefore exists in tension with constitutional law, judicial precedent, and even our culture itself, in which the individual is most often the unit of measure and analysis and protection. In this course, we will consider the major categories of public health practice – including disease reporting and data collection, compelled treatment and vaccination, isolation and quarantine, inspection and regulation of public facilities and private homes, licensure of health professionals, regulation of hospitals and other health care facilities, regulation of food and drugs, environmental regulation, sanitation, and bioterrorism prevention -– and their sources of legal authority and legal limitations. Public health will be viewed in historical perspective, and we will particularly examine the roots of modern public health practice in the nineteenth century work of Hermann Biggs and John Snow, and will review the odd alignment of German public health practitioners with Nazi government efforts in the 1930s to control tobacco use and promote national health. Case examples will be drawn from recent public health controversies relating to the control of multi-drug resistant tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS, obesity, and tobacco and tobacco substitutes. We will also consider the constitutional implications of public health efforts to control or monitor speech, such as the FDA prohibitions on promotion of off-label uses of approved drugs and devices, and use of funding conditions to limit or compel speech relating to abortion, the sex industry and HIV/STD prevention. Scheduled examination. J.M. Barnes.
SLB - 109 (Thu) SLB - 109 (Wed) Grade mode: graded CRN: 20192
Exam: 5/02/2016 - 5/16/2016 Questions available online Name or Id: Id Length: 3 hour(s)
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