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224.23 sec. 001 - Public Health Law (Spring 2022)

Instructor: Marice Ashe  (view instructor's teaching evaluations - degree students only)
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Units: 3
Grading Designation: Graded
Mode of Instruction: In-Person


MW 11:20 AM - 12:35 PM
Location: Law 107
From January 10, 2022
To April 26, 2022

Course Start: January 10, 2022
Course End: April 26, 2022
Class Number: 32040

Enrollment info:
Enrolled: 19
Waitlisted: 0
Enroll Limit: 20
As of: 07/19 11:58 AM

COVID-19 has shocked our nation and the world. And when we peel-back the data, we see so clearly how the public’s health is not primarily due to advances in medical care, but inextricably linked to the legal authorities and decision-making of federal, state and local governments. We have real-time exposure to how our legal and civic structures embedded in structural racism and historic discrimination impact health. Further, the pandemic has uncovered how global economics and transportation systems, workplace policies and employee benefits, food systems and retail environments, schools, playgrounds and every aspect of civic life influence health outcomes.

This course will explore how constitutional and administrative law is central to fighting disease from pandemics to chronic diseases like cancer, diabetes and heart disease. Students will learn how to integrate core legal theory with fundamental public health principles, and to shape laws and policies that further the public’s health by redressing inequalities and to promoting health equity.

The course uses a systems approach that links the nation’s health to legal issues related to fair wages, housing segregation, school financing, food security and more. We will simulate responses to real world problems, and practice proactive legal and policy leadership to prevent and manage both emergent infectious diseases and ubiquitous yet preventable chronic diseases. We will learn how lawyers and public health leaders can partner with each other and work with community-based organizers to ensure everyone has the ability to live a healthy and prosperous life.

The course is open to both law and public health students and is designed to expose students to core skills regardless of their future career venue. It is especially designed for students interested in career dedicated to social justice.

The instructor is Marice Ashe, JD, MPH. She is the founder of the national nonprofit, ChangeLab Solutions, where she served as CEO for nearly 25 years and pioneered the use of law and policy to solve complex problems related to institutionalized inequities and poor community health outcomes. Leading a staff of 60 lawyers and other public health experts, Ashe drove major health equity successes across a broad range of public health challenges. Under her direction, ChangeLab Solutions consulted with leadership from every level of government, health system and community health practice, and created a vast library of “how to” guides and model laws and policies that promote multi-disciplinary partnerships to empower leaders, mobilize resources and improve outcomes.

Ashe is currently a public health law and policy consultant who works with public health leaders throughout the world. She serves on the national advisory boards for the Center for the Redress of Inequity Through Community-Engaged Scholarship at the University of Virginia and the Institute for Health Policy and Leadership at Loma Linda University. She is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and has graduate degrees in both public health and law from the University of California at Berkeley.

Requirements Satisfaction:

This is an Option 1 class; two Option 1 classes fulfill the J.D. writing requirement.

Exam Notes: (P) Final paper  
Course Category: Social Justice and Public Interest
This course is listed in the following sub-categories:
Public Law and Policy
Race and Law

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