The Legal System/Framing Issues of Public Health, Law, and Policy

The Session Long Project will involve an in-depth study of a governmental role/program in public health. Your project will involve identifying responsible governmental agencies; describing current challenges and potential impact; proposing a public health policy; researching pertinent laws; and evaluating the ethical principles of laws/policies, financial impact, and sources of funding.

  1. Select a governmental role/responsibility in public health for your SLP. Describe the governmental role/responsibility. Identify the agencies responsible at federal, state, and local government level.
  2. Describe the current challenges and potential impact of these challenges to public health (related to the item you selected in No. 1).
  3. Describe the goal of the proposed policy.
  4. What is the supporting evidence for implementing this policy?
  5. How is this policy to be achieved?
  6. Who is this policy intended to help?
  7. Which agencies will implement this policy?
  8. How cost-effective do you expect this policy to be?
  9. How well do you anticipate this policy will be accepted, given the priorities, culture, values, and political climate?
  10. What are your strategies for overcoming barriers in implementing the policy?


Length: Assignment should be from 3 to 4 pages (750 to 1000 words) in length. 3 cited sources from required reading


Read Chapters 1 and 2 of the following text:
Wing, K. R., & Gilbert, B. (2007). The law and the public’s health. Chicago, IL: Health Administration Press.

Health Policies. (2011).

Brownson, R., Chriqui, J., & Stamatakis, K. (2009). Understanding evidence-based public health policy. American Journal of Public Health, 99(9), 1576-1583. Retrieved from ABI/INFORM Global.

Magnusson, R. S. (2007). Mapping the scope and opportunities for public health law in liberal democracies. The Journal of Law, Medicine, & Ethics, 35(4), 571-587.

Roberts, D. (2008). The American people speak out on health care. Public Manager, 37(4), 91-93. Retrieved from ABI/INFORM Global.

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