course ID: 2.4
Better Health Faster: Using Law and Policy Effectively in Public Health
1) mobilize public health law-related knowledge and capacity within their organizations
2) use and assess law and policy effectively through multidisciplinary team work within their organizations
3) use and assess the role of human rights norms related to the rights to health and accountability mechanisms in advancing public health goals.
The “transdisciplinary model” unites two traditions of law-related work in public health:
1) “Public health law practice”: the traditionally recognized lawyerly functions of normative and doctrinal research, counseling, and representation, which continue to be crucial to the effective operation of health organizations and systems; and
2) “Legal epidemiology”: the legal work that public health professionals have done for decades without necessarily thinking of it as legal, including policy development, building support for new policies, enforcement, and monitoring and evaluation of legal interventions and the impact of laws on health.
At the end of the workshop, participants should have a strong grasp of the latest knowledge in public health law research, be able to put this knowledge into practice especially in terms of governance, policy-making, policy implementation and evaluation within their organizations and research. Ultimately they should have a reinforced capacity to work in multidisciplinary teams to enhance the effective use of law and policy solutions in their public health work.