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Introduction to Legal Epidemiology

A Public Health Law Academy training

Good Governance

Why does life expectancy in two neighboring counties differ? How does raising the minimum wage affect health? How do you assess the effectiveness of a newly adopted law aimed at preventing traumatic brain injury in youth? Is there an approach that can answer all of these questions? The answer is yes. It’s legal epidemiology!

Legal epidemiology provides a scientific approach to studying the impact and effectiveness of laws on health. This training introduces the discipline of legal epidemiology. It is intended for public health lawyers, policy analysts, epidemiologists, and public health practitioners. Preview the training content by watching this video short.

After this training, you will be able to

  • explain how law affects health;
  • define and describe basic legal epidemiology principles; and
  • apply legal epidemiology in practice.

If you are a TRAIN user, please register through TRAIN. To learn more about earning the Public Health Law Academy Certificate of completion, see the complete training plan.

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