A Transdisciplinary Approach to Public Health Law: The Emerging Practice of Legal Epidemiology

Posted: 22 Mar 2016

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Scott Burris

Center for Public Health Law Research, Temple University - James E. Beasley School of Law

Donna Levin

Network for Public Health Law

Matthew Penn

Government of the United States of America - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Michelle Larkin

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

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Date Written: March 2016

Abstract

Public health law has roots in both law and science. For more than a century, lawyers have helped develop and implement health laws; over the past 50 years, scientific evaluation of the health effects of laws and legal practices has achieved high levels of rigor and influence. We describe an emerging model of public health law that unites these two traditions. This transdisciplinary model adds scientific practices to the lawyerly functions of normative and doctrinal research, counseling, and representation. These practices include policy surveillance and empirical public health law research on the efficacy of legal interventions and the impact of laws and legal practices on health and health system operation. A transdisciplinary model of public health law, melding its legal and scientific facets, can help break down enduring cultural, disciplinary, and resource barriers that have prevented the full recognition and optimal role of law in public health.

Suggested Citation

Burris, Scott C. and Levin, Donna and Penn, Matthew and Larkin, Michelle, A Transdisciplinary Approach to Public Health Law: The Emerging Practice of Legal Epidemiology (March 2016). Annual Review of Public Health, Vol. 37, pp. 135-148, 2016, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2752950 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1146/annurev-publhealth-032315-021841

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Donna Levin

Network for Public Health Law ( email )

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Matthew Penn

Government of the United States of America - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) ( email )

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Michelle Larkin

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation ( email )

Princeton, NJ 08543
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