Public Health Law and Legal Issues

Training Overview

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

  • Cheryl Sbarra
    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.