Join the Legal Epidemiology Learning Cohort

Learn to track & measure public health laws & policies

Health departments and organizations are invited to participate in our 10-month, stipend-assisted Legal Epidemiology Learning Cohort, to gain foundational skills in public health law research and evaluation. Supported by the Public Health Law Program within the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC’s) Center for State, Tribal, Local, and Territorial Support and by ChangeLab Solutions, the learning cohort is designed to enable any health department or organization to build its capacity to carry out legal epidemiology projects, even with minimal previous experience or skills.

What Is Legal Epidemiology?

Legal epidemiology is a scientific approach to tracking laws and policies of public health importance and studying their impact and effectiveness. Legal epidemiology can answer questions such as the following:

  • Why does life expectancy in two neighboring counties differ?
  • How does raising the minimum wage affect health?
  • Which cities and counties have adopted paid sick leave policies, and how do you assess whether variations in those policies across jurisdictions have led to different health outcomes?

Learn more about the study and uses of legal epidemiology.