Public Health Law and Legal Issues
- Audience: Massachusetts local and regional board of health members and staff, health department personnel and anyone interested in learning about public health law and legal issues in the state.
- Format: Online, self-paced
- Price: Free
- Length: 1 hour
- Credential(s) eligible for contact hours: Massachusetts CHO, RN, RS
- Competencies: Legal Issues
- Learning level: Awareness
- Prerequisites: Practical Law for Public Health Officials (free but requires registration, 1.5 hrs)
- Companion trainings:
- Supplemental materials:
- •Facilitators Guide (PDF) is available if used in a classroom
- •Instructions to navigate the online training.
- •Legal Glossary (PDF)
- •Legal References(PDF)
Local boards of health (LBOH) in Massachusetts are required by law to perform many critical duties to the protect the public’s health. These duties cover a wide range of responsibilities including disease prevention and control, sanitary code enforcement, and environmental protection. This training provides an overview of public health law and includes specific information about LBOH authority and duties in Massachusetts.
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What you’ll learn
After completing this training, you will be able to:
- Define public health law according to the Partnership for Public Health Law
- Describe three options for LBOH organization in Massachusetts
- Summarize five key LBOH duties
- Give examples of five common LBOH enforcement tools
Subject Matter Experts
Senior Staff Attorney
Massachusetts Association of Health Boards
This training was supported by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) with funds made available by the Cooperative Agreement Number TP921913, funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or the Department of Health and Human Services.
This project is/was also supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number UB6HP20150 “Public Health Training Center”. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.