Northwest Center for Public Health Practice at the University of Washington

Practical Law for Public Health Officials

This is an all levels course offering CPH — Free
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3-5 minutes


1.50 hours


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Do you know how the law contributed to motor vehicle safety, vaccination, or safer workplaces? Law reform or litigation has played a part in most of the greatest public health achievements in the 20th century. As public health professionals and leaders, understanding public health law and how to use it is essential to protecting the public’s health. This 90-minute interactive online course, drawn from the experience of public health officials and lawyers who have worked with them, is designed to help public health leaders and professionals recognize legal issues, work effectively with legal counsel, and understand their legal responsibilities and authority. By the end, learners will be able to use core concepts of public health law to more effectively protect the public’s health while avoiding legal trouble. 

In this text based training, learners can expect understandable information that is presented in a clear and logical format. 

This learning opportunity topic is aligned with one or more of the strategic skills.

This learning opportunity is aligned with training needs identified in PH WINS 2017.

What You'll Learn

  • Recognize legal issues
  • Formulate legal questions
  • Implement effective strategies for working with legal counsel
  • Describe key principles of public health law
  • Identify key public health laws that govern leadership’s responsibilities, authority, and limitations

Related Occupations

Department/Bureau Director
Deputy Director
Program Director
Public Health Agency Director
Public Health Manager/Program Manager