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New Online Course: Legal Aspects of Public Health Emergency Preparedness

Together with the Network for Public Health Law, NWCPHP is excited to announce its newest online course, Legal Aspects of Public Health Emergency Preparedness.

Together with the Network for Public Health Law, NWCPHP is excited to announce its newest online course, Legal Aspects of Public Health Emergency Preparedness.

May 14, 2014

Imagine a new type of influenza or other communicable condition is spreading rapidly throughout your state or locality. Essential resources are quickly being depleted. State and local health care personnel are strained by the number of cases and infections within their own ranks. What legal powers do you need to respond effectively and protect the public's health? Could you use volunteers from other states? If so, are they protected from potential liability?

These and other legal questions are addressed in NWCPHP’s newest online course, Legal Aspects of Public Health Emergency Preparedness. The content for this course was developed in partnership with the Network for Public Health Law Western Region Office, at the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law, Arizona State University. It is one of a series of courses and resources funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to support public health law training.

After completing this 90-minute course, you should be able to:

  • Identify key features of legal authority at different levels of government for responding to public health emergencies
  • Describe potential or actual legal powers, responsibilities, and risks during declared emergencies
  • Describe legal questions relating to the use of medical or public health volunteers during emergencies

NWCPHP's Legal Aspects of Public Health Emergency Preparedness course is available at no cost.

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