Legal Epidemiology

This field of transdisciplinary public health law can help answer many important questions, such as

  • Why does life expectancy in two neighboring counties differ?
  • How does raising the minimum wage affect health?
  • Are laws regulating youth sports having an impact on traumatic brain injury?

Legal epidemiology — the scientific study of how laws affect public health — gives us a way to answer these public health law questions scientifically. Using the tools of legal epidemiology requires new skills and competencies. The Legal Epidemiology Center (LEC) features trainings and resources to teach you those skills. Developed through a partnership between CDC, ChangeLab Solutions, and the Policy Surveillance Program at Temple University’s Center for Public Health Law Research, the LEC provides a brief overview of its offerings and links to resources for researchers, educators, students, and practitioners in health departments.

Get started:

We recommend that you start with the training modules listed below. These modules introduce legal epidemiology and two facets of legal epidemiology practice: legal mapping (with a focus on policy surveillance) and research methods.

Take your legal epidemiology practice to the next level:

After completing the trainings listed above, you can add to your knowledge by engaging with additional resources on the practical applications of legal epidemiology: