Public Health Law

Law is an important tool in public health practice. Public health law is an emerging discipline that combines elements from legal practice that are relevant to the work of health departments. Public health officials have many legal rights and responsibilities as they protect and promote the health of their communities. New partnerships between public health professionals and attorneys are emerging as they work jointly to balance individual rights and public responsibilities.

For more information on Public Health Law at NACCHO, please e-mail PHLaw@naccho.org.

Public Health Infrastructure

Report: Legal Protections for Public Health Officials

This report examines criminal statutes addressing individuals who harass health officials.

Public Health Infrastructure

Report: Legal Protections for Public Health Officials

Public Health Infrastructure

Report: Proposed Limits on Public Health Authority

This report provides an overview of public health authority and the forces seeking to limit authority.

Public Health Infrastructure

Report: Proposed Limits on Public Health Authority

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Public Health Infrastructure

Lawyer Up to Level Up: Stories from the Field

These stories from the field highlight how three public health attorneys work with local health departments in New York, South Carolina, and Nebraska.

Public Health Infrastructure

Lawyer Up to Level Up: Stories from the Field

Public Health Law & Policy

Geoffrey Mwaungulu, Jr.

Director for Public Health Law and Policy

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