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Public Health Law in Practice offers an accessible deep dive into public health law for public health students and practitioners with or without a legal background. It provides a detailed overview of the American legal system with clear explanation of the government's abilities and limitations to promote public health through policies and programs. Chapters further describe the influence of law by subject, with excerpts from real legal cases across topical areas like tobacco, firearms, reproductive health, and nutrition policies. The volume concludes with practical strategies for legislation drafting and coalition building with government and community groups. Enriched with insights into the inner workings of public health departments, Public Health Law in Practice is the crucial public health law textbook that prepares public health students for work in the field of public health outside the classroom.
About the Author
Jennifer L. Pomeranz, JD, MPH, is a professor in the School of Global Public Health at New York University. Her research focuses on legal opportunities and barriers to enacting public health policies at the federal, state, and local levels. Ms. Pomeranz is the author of dozens of journal articles and the book, Food Law for Public Health, published by Oxford University Press in 2016. Thomas Merrill, JD, is the former General Counsel to both the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and New York City Board of Health. He is an adjunct professor at the CUNY Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy, where he teaches public health law. Kevin Schroth, JD, is an associate professor with the Center for Tobacco Studies and the School of Public Health at Rutgers University. He teaches public health law, and his research focuses on how tobacco regulatory science can improve tobacco control policy. Mr. Schroth previously served as an attorney with the New York City Health Department, directing tobacco control policy for the City. During this tenure, he played a principal role in drafting and passing more than a dozen tobacco control laws. Before concentrating on public health, he worked as a commercial litigator, and clerked for federal and state judges in New Jersey.