Anne Barry, JD, MPH
Senior Researcher, Arizona State University
College of Health Solutions
Senior Lecturer, School of Public Health, University of Minnesota    

This course will address basic concepts of public health law and the legal bases for the existence and administration of public health programs. Balancing the legal aspects of current public health issues, controversies, individual rights and the regulatory role of government in health service system will be considered.

This non-credit course meets with the academic course PubH 6711-101 as part of the 2024 Public Health Institute.

This course has been canceled for 2024

Enrollment for this course opens on February 22, 2024.

For more information: z.umn.edu/PHI.


Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Develop an understanding of public health principles and the basic constitutional and regulatory powers in public health law.
  • Critically analyze various public health activities by balancing the rights of individuals and the legal powers and duties to assure optimum population health.


The core competencies for public health professionals are a consensus set of skills identified by the Council on Linkages (CoL) between academia and public health practice as being desirable for the delivery of the essential public health services. The CoL competencies identified for this course are:Domain 1: Model Leadership

  • 1.6 Act within the scope of one’s legal authority

Domain 2: Communication and Manage Information

  • 2.4 Collect data according to protocol

Domain 3: Plan for and Improve Practice

  • 3.4 Refer matters outside of one’s scope of legal authority through the chain of command

Domain 4:  Protect Worker Health & Safety

  • 4.2 Employ protective behaviors according to changing conditions, personal limitations and threats

The core competencies identified in the HRSA Council of Linkages model that apply to this course include:

2. Policy Development/Program Planning Skills Tier 2:

  • 2.1. Ensures state/Tribal/community health improvement planning uses community health assessments and other information related to the health of a community (e.g., current data and trends; proposed federal, state, and local legislation; commitments from organizations to take action)
  • 2.6. Develops options for policies, programs, and services (e.g., secondhand smoking policies, data use policies, HR policies, immunization programs, food safety programs)
  • 2.7. Examines the feasibility (e.g., fiscal, social, political, legal, geographic) and implications of policies, programs, and services
  • 2.9. Implements policies, programs, and services

7. Financial Planning and Management Skills  Tier 2:

  • 7.1. Explains the structures, functions, and authorizations of governmental public health programs and organizations
  • 7.2. Identifies government agencies with authority to address specific community health needs (e.g., lead in housing, water fluoridation, bike lanes, emergency preparedness)
  • 7.3. Implements policies and procedures of the governing body or administrative unit that oversees the organization (e.g., board of health, chief executive’s office, Tribal council)

8. Leadership and Systems Thinking Skills      Tier 2:

  • 8.5. Analyzes internal and external facilitators and barriers that may affect the delivery of the 10 Essential Public Health Services (e.g., using root cause analysis and other quality improvement methods and tools, problem solving)
  • 8.8. Modifies organizational practices in consideration of changes (e.g., social, political, economic, scientific)

Registration & Cancellation

The registration fee for this course is $1190. You will receive an email letter outlining program logistics two weeks prior to the start of the course.

Requests for refunds will be honored in full if a written cancellation request is received prior to the course start date. An administration fee of $50 will be charged to all refund requests received after the first day of class. The University of Minnesota School of Public Health (SPH) reserves the right to cancel any course. In the event of a course cancellation, registrants will receive a full refund of the program registration fee. SPH is not responsible for refund of travel or other costs incurred by registrants.

SPH will provide a certificate of attendance verifying 3.0 CEUs (30 contact hours) offered for this program. This course is eligible for 30 CPH recertification credits.

All courses are approved for CPH Recertification Credits by the National Board of Public Health Examiners.

Contact & Questions

Email phi@umn.edu.

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