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What Are the Basic Structure and Functions of Government?

A Public Health Law Academy video short

Good Governance

What roles do the different levels of government — federal, state, and local — play in protecting public health? Understanding the basic structure and functions of government is an often-overlooked yet foundational competency for public health practitioners.

What Are the Basic Structure and Functions of Government? is a short video about the different ways that government affects the health of communities and individuals. The video covers the enumerated, implied, and concurrent powers of government.

This video includes material from the Public Health Law Academy's full-length training Structure of Government: Exploring the Fabric and Framework of Public Health Powers. The video is intended for public health practitioners who want a quick, high-level introduction to the roles of different levels of government in protecting public health. It can also be used by trainers or faculty who want to introduce these concepts in a classroom or a training workshop. 

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