306.662.01 | AY 2013-2014 - 4th Term | 3 Credit(s)
MW 3:30:00 PM
  • Contact Information
    Helaine Rutkow
  • Course Learning Objectives

    Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:

    • Explain the role of governmental agencies and actions they may take to promote the public’s health
    • Identify and interpret public health regulations and other administrative materials
    • Prepare materials suitable to be submitted in the notice and comment process
    • Analyze examples of how the law facilitates or limits governmental agencies’ activities
    • Assess how politics may influence governmental agencies’ development and implementation of health policy
  • Course Description
    Explores the important and expanding role that regulatory or administrative agencies, such as FDA and EPA, play in protecting and promoting the public’s health. Examines agencies’ ability to create and implement health policy, and discusses the legal limits on agency powers. Discusses how agencies develop regulations and employ other regulatory tools. Uses case studies to illustrate key concepts, such as the role of science in the regulatory process and the influence of politics on agency actions. Class sessions involve the interpretation and analysis of judicial opinions, regulations, and other administrative materials. Focuses on U.S. regulatory policy, but also examines examples and implications for international health policy. This course builds on the skills introduced in 306.650, and exposes students to new public health law and policy topics relevant to regulatory agencies.
  • Intended Audience
    MPH/JD students; graduate students in HPM
  • Methods of Assessment
    The weight for the student evaluation will be: class participation (10%); midterm assignment (40%); final examination (50%)
  • Prerequisites
    Public Health and the Law (306.650) or consent of instructor
  • Course Schedule

    Please see the course Session for a full list of dates and items for this course.

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    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.

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