University of Technology Sydney

78245 Public Health Law

Requisite(s): ((22 credit points of completed study in spk(s): C07122 Graduate Diploma Legal Studies OR 22 credit points of completed study in spk(s): C04264 Master of Legal Studies)) OR ((94 credit points of completed study in spk(s): C04236 Juris Doctor OR 142 credit points of completed study in spk(s): C04250 Juris Doctor Master of Business Administration OR 94 credit points of completed study in spk(s): C04363 Juris Doctor Master of Intellectual Property OR 94 credit points of completed study in spk(s): C04364 Juris Doctor Graduate Certificate Trade Mark Law and Practice) AND 70106c Principles of Public International Law AND 70107c Principles of Company Law) OR (94 credit points of completed study in spk(s): C04320 Juris Doctor Graduate Certificate Professional Legal Practice AND 70106 Principles of Public International Law) OR (70108c Public International Law AND 70417c Corporate Law)
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Public health law is an active and expanding area of legal practice in areas such as environmental health, food law, and the control and prevention of communicable disease.

Students learn: the history of public health law in Australia; the role of international treaties in public health; the different theories and philosophies that have strengthened public health; the tensions between the promotion and protection of the public good and the infringement on human rights; the use of law as a mechanism to protect public health; and the current trends and future directions in public health lawmaking both internationally and in Australia.

Key topics taught include:

  • diseases of lifestyle (tobacco control, obesity, alcohol abuse)
  • emergency preparedness (pandemics and acute threats)
  • HIV and sexual health
  • screening programs
  • environment protection and public health
  • Indigenous Australians and public health.

Students study and participate in discussions on recent case studies in public health law. Students are also encouraged and expected to critically evaluate the effectiveness of public health laws and their underlying aims of protecting and promoting health.

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