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Introduction to Legal Mapping

A Public Health Law Academy training

Good Governance

Laws can shape the environments in which we live, influence our behaviors, and have profound impacts on our health. Whether they address infectious disease, violence, drug use, chronic disease, or housing, the existence and enforcement of certain laws can affect health outcomes.  

Introduction to Legal Mapping is the second training in a three-part series on legal epidemiology. It builds on the ideas discussed in the first training, Introduction to Legal Epidemiology, which introduced legal epidemiology — the scientific study of how laws can affect health. This training explores a specific process for practicing legal epidemiology called legal mapping.

Legal mapping can help public health lawyers, policy analysts, epidemiologists, and public health practitioners determine what laws exist on a certain topic, collect the information needed to analyze what those laws say, and, ultimately, measure the effect these laws have on health outcomes. Preview the training content by watching this video short.

After this training, you will be able to

  • define what legal mapping is;
  • explain the reasons for using legal mapping;
  • discuss the two types of legal mapping studies; and
  • apply legal mapping principles to fill needs in public health 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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