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Public Health Agencies: Law, Policy and Practice

East Baltimore
4th Term
Health Policy and Management
Academic Year
2023 - 2024
Instruction Method
Class Time(s)
M, W, 1:30 - 2:50pm
Auditors Allowed
Available to Undergraduate
Grading Restriction
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructor(s)
Contact Name
Frequency Schedule
Every Year
Next Offered
2024 - 2025
Explores the important and expanding role that regulatory or administrative agencies, such as FDA and EPA, play in protecting and promoting the public’s health. Examines agencies’ ability to create and implement health policy, and discusses the legal limits on agency powers. Discusses how agencies develop regulations and employ other regulatory tools. Uses case studies to illustrate key concepts, such as the role of science in the regulatory process and the influence of politics on agency actions. Involves the interpretation and analysis of judicial opinions, regulations, and other administrative materials in class sessions. Focuses on U.S. regulatory policy, but also examines examples and implications for international health policy. Exposes students to new public health law and policy topics relevant to regulatory agencies.
Learning Objectives
Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  1. Describe the role of governmental agencies and actions they may take to promote the public’s health
  2. Identify and interpret public health regulations and other administrative materials
  3. Prepare materials suitable to be submitted in the notice and comment process
  4. Analyze examples of how the law facilitates or limits governmental agencies’ activities
  5. Assess how politics may influence governmental agencies’ development and implementation of health policy
Methods of Assessment
This course is evaluated as follows:
  • 10% Participation
  • 40% Written Assignment(s)
  • 50% Final Exam
Enrollment Restriction
undergraduates are not permitted in this course