This course will provide basic tools to develop a greater appreciation and understanding of the legal authority we have to protect the public health while maintaining the appropriate respect for individual rights that must be balanced in any of our actions.


At the conclusion of this course, learners will be able to:

  • Recognize the legal standards used by the courts to apply the constitutional requirements to public health actions.
  • Using the legal standards, critically analyze various public health situations and activities by balancing the rights of individuals with the legal powers and duties to protect and improve the health of the public.


For CPH recertification, the following competencies may be met:

  • 1.1. Describes factors that affect the health of a community.
  • 1.8. Assesses community health status.


Produced by the University of Minnesota School of Public Health and Minnesota Department of Health Division of Emergency Preparedness and Response. Subject Matter Experts: Anne Barry, J.D., MPH; Robin Benson, J.D., M.Ed.; Joel Wu, J.D., MPH, MA, HEC-C

This project was supported by a grant to the University of Minnesota, Public Health Crisis Response Cooperative Agreement: Academic Partnership to Enhance Workforce Preparedness from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Grant/Cooperative Agreement Number NU90TP922188. Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of CDC.

Continuing Education Units

Please note that these trainings may offer different types of continuing education credits. This Learner Portal may not calculate the correct number of continuing education credits. Please refer to the Continuing Education Credits section of your course site after registration for the correct information.

Participants are eligible to receive up to 0.1 CEU or 1.0 (60 minute) contact hour; 1 CPH recertification credit.

Contact & Questions

For questions regarding course registration, materials, and content, please email cpheo@umn.edu.

For questions regarding system access, log-in, user name, or password, please email help@umn.edu or call 612-301-4357.

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Section Title
Legal Basis of Public Health Law
Online, self paced
Jan 04, 2024 to Jan 06, 2025
Delivery Options
Self Paced Online  
Course Fee(s)
No Fee $0.00
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