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Research Seminar

Making Public Health Law Work: The Role of Enforcement

Date: Friday, September 20, 2013 - 11:00am to 12:00pm
Location: CPH 202
Presenter: Julia Costich, JD, PhD

Laws that restrict individual behavior for the common good are often controversial, particularly when they infringe on business interests. Effective enforcement of public health law needs to strike a balance between impact and public acceptance. In the current environment of budget cuts and layoffs, local public health and safety officials who are charged with making public health law work are challenged to identify cost-effective approaches that achieve the law's goals for public protection and population health. The presentation will cover the theoretical background of public health law enforcement and several current case studies.