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Title: Public Health Law and Public Health Policy
Contributor(s): Allan, Sonia  (author)orcid 
Publication Date: 2017
DOI: 10.1016/B978-0-12-803678-5.00248-4
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Public health law and public health policy are fundamental tools that assist states in the task of protecting people from threats to health, preventing disease, and striving for healthy populations. This paper examines their respective and joint roles in influencing health outcomes. It considers definitions and theories of 'public health law' and 'public health policy', explores the relationship between law and policy, and provides examples of public health law and policy as dual mechanisms for public health. The limits and bounds of the law as a public health tool are also discussed highlighting where policy may be more effective in achieving particular aims. Supranational and international public health law and policy is also considered, emphasizing the importance of laws and policies that transcend national domains. The important roles of bodies beyond government, including inter-governmental organizations, business, and civil society, are noted, recognizing all may influence and effect law, policy, and practice, and in turn, public health.

Publication Type: Book Chapter
Source of Publication: International Encyclopedia of Public Health, p. 200-209
Publisher: Elsevier
Place of Publication: United States of America
ISBN: 9780128036785
Fields of Research (FoR) 2020: 480412 Medical and health law
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2020: 280117 Expanding knowledge in law and legal studies
HERDC Category Description: B1 Chapter in a Scholarly Book
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School of Law

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