Why Public Health Law Training Is Important

Read the recommendations in our new report

Understanding public health law is critical to addressing today’s public health issues.

Yet many education and training programs for public health practitioners — including master of public health (MPH) programs — do not prepare practitioners to enter the workforce with an adequate understanding of how the law can be used to improve or hinder the public’s health.
To better inform academic institutions about how they can increase training in public health law for public health students, ChangeLab Solutions, in partnership with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), conducted a multi-year assessment that included an environmental scan, data collection and analysis, and key informant interviews. 

Our new summary report presents key findings, identifies challenges and barriers, and offers opportunities and recommendations that academic institutions and public health training programs can use to provide practitioners with basic knowledge of the law and its impact on social determinants of health.