306.650.01 | AY 2010-2011 - 3rd Term | 3 Credit(s)
T 3:30:00 PM
  • Contact Information
  • Course Learning Objectives
    COURSE OBJECTIVES 1.To acquaint you with the process of legal reasoning. 2.To provide you with an understanding of substantive law in several areas relevant to public health. 3.To acquaint you with the process of legal research. 4.To familiarize you with aspects of legal terminology, and to demystify aspects of the law for non lawyers. 5.To provide you with a view of how the law deals with biomedical and health information. 6.To train you to identify legal issues. 7.To provide you with an understanding of when you need to consult legal counsel.
  • Course Description

    Introduces non-lawyers to the important role played by the law in determining the public's health. Students analyze judicial opinions, statutes, and regulations in classroom discussions. Covers substantive legal topics including the balance between individual rights and public health initiatives, privacy, medical malpractice, and informed consent.

  • Intended Audience

    Non-lawyers interested in public health law

  • Methods of Assessment

    Grading Policy: Student evaluation based on a final exam or a term paper (students choice).

    Grading Restrictions: Letter grade

  • Academic Ethics Code

    The code, discussed in the Policy and Procedure Memorandum for Students, March 31, 2002, will be adhered to in this class:

    Students enrolled in the Bloomberg School of Public Health of The Johns Hopkins University assume an obligation to conduct themselves in a manner appropriate to the University's mission as an institution of higher education. A student is obligated to refrain from acts which he or she knows, or under the circumstances has reason to know, impair the academic integrity of the University. Violations of academic integrity include, but are not limited to: cheating; plagiarism; knowingly furnishing false information to any agent of the University for inclusion in the academic record; violation of the rights and welfare of animal or human subjects in research; and misconduct as a member of either School or University committees or recognized groups or organizations.

  • Disability Support Services

    If you are a student with a documented disability who requires an academic accommodation, please contact Betty H. Addison in the Office of Student Life Services:, 410-955-3034, or 2017 E. Monument Street.