Public Health Law and Policy Program

The Public Health Law and Policy Program is a cornerstone of ASU Law’s nationally-ranked health law program. This program seeks to promote the role of law as a tool for improving public health, and uniting scholars, practitioners, and policymakers to focus on critical issues at the intersection of law, ethics, policy and health. The program is nationally-ranked number 12 on the U.S. News and World Report's 2015 Health Law Programs. 

Premier topics include emergency legal preparedness during the 2014 international Ebola outbreak, legal tools to curb obesity nationally and globally, policy and law issues underlying state and local vaccination debates, and public health implications of the federal Affordable Care Act.

The program, directed by Professor James Hodge, also hosts the Western Region Office of the national Network for Public Health Law, funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Summaries of various projects of the Public Health Law and Policy Program are below:

Global Legal Triage and the 2009 H1N1 Outbreak
Legal and Ethical Assessment of Mental and Behavioral Health Preparedness 
Public Health Emergency Ethics