Resources for Educators

Public Health Law Academy legal epidemiology training resources

Educators impart theory, methods, and skills to students engaged in public health, law, public policy, and other social science programs. With growing needs for legal epidemiology in those fields, core components of academic programs can include learning about the theory that underlies the relationship between law and public health, the importance of objective legal analysis to public health initiatives, and substantive legal solutions to public health programs. Developing competency-based training is an integral component of teaching legal epidemiology to students.

The resources listed here are intended to supplement our free online Public Health Law Academy training series, Legal Epidemiology. They support educators learning about legal epidemiology, from undergraduate studies to graduate schools and into practice thereafter.

Foundational materials

Trainings and webinars

  • Policy surveillance resources, with the following highlights:
    • Training modules on policy surveillance methods. A learning library with detailed instructions, slides, and resources on policy surveillance.
    • webinar on policy surveillance standards. Presentation materials capture diverse perspectives on policy surveillance and its use in evaluation
  • Policy surveillance introductory materials
    • Policy surveillance training webinars are free monthly introductions to policy surveillance, with an advanced series rotation twice annually. The webinars use real-world examples and interactive lessons to briefly introduce scientific legal mapping and give a broad overview of the steps involved in the policy surveillance process.
    • The Temple University Center for Public Health Law Research’s Policy Surveillance Program hosts a two-day in-person summer institute each year, to teach policy surveillance methods.


  • scan of existing resources on policy surveillance and 50-state surveys. Publicly available resources published between 1/1/2010 and 4/1/2014 on public health-related surveillance and surveys of law and policies across jurisdictions
  • The Legal Epidemiology Competency Model. Guidelines for minimum competencies in legal epidemiology (including research and translation knowledge and skills) required of public health practitioners, lawyers, and policy experts working in state, tribal, local, or territorial health departments
  • Learning opportunities for students: CDC’s Public Health Law Program Internships and Externships