Rethinking the Meaning of Public Health

6 Pages Posted: 17 Sep 2002

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Mark A. Rothstein

University of Louisville - Institute for Bioethics, Health Policy, and Law; University of Louisville - Louis D. Brandeis School of Law

Abstract

Broad definitions of public health, including all societal factors that affect health, may undermine efforts to deal with traditional public health issues. A narrower and more practical definition involves public officials taking appropriate measures, pursuant to legal authority, after balancing public rights and private interests to protect the health of the public.

Suggested Citation

Rothstein, Mark A., Rethinking the Meaning of Public Health. Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics, Vol. 30, No. 2, 2002. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=319924

Mark A. Rothstein (Contact Author)

University of Louisville - Institute for Bioethics, Health Policy, and Law ( email )

Louisville, KY 40202
United States

HOME PAGE: http://www.louisville.edu/bioethics

University of Louisville - Louis D. Brandeis School of Law ( email )

Wilson W. Wyatt Hall
Louisville, KY 40292
United States

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