The growing field of legal epidemiology – the scientific study of the impacts of law and policy on health – has the potential to change the way we solve problems to build healthier, more resilient, and more equitable communities.  

This 16-hour non-credit certificate from the nation’s leading legal epidemiology institution, the Center for Public Health Law Research at Temple University Beasley School of Law, will kick-start your work using law and policy to solve public health’s biggest problems – from climate change to the opioid crisis, to the next pandemic.

The Global Certificate in Legal Epidemiology provides in-depth, self-guided instruction in legal epidemiology, also called public health law research. Created and taught by expert staff, this asynchronous program invites participants to explore the field of legal epidemiology while learning about the crucial role of law in public health today, in the United States and around the world. Through the successful completion of the course, participants will be able to identify legal skills, methods, and tools that can be used to advance public health and to understand and improve the delivery of legal and public health services. 

Through three comprehensive modules, participants will gain a deeper understanding of the foundations of legal epidemiology and the transdisciplinary model of public health law. Read the syllabus and additional course information >>

Module 1: The New Public Health Law 

  • Module 1, Unit 1: The New Public Health Law: A Transdisciplinary Approach  
  • Module 1, Unit 2: Fundamentals of Public Health Law: Powers, Duties and Limitations  
  • Module 1, Unit 2A: Public Health Law in the United States  
  • Module 1, Unit 2B: Global Health Law  
  • Module 1, Unit 3: Delivering the Five Essential Public Health Law Services: Tools for Building Health Policies in Law  
  • Module 1, Unit 4: Advocacy, Implementation, Enforcement and Evaluation  

Module 2: Policy Surveillance 

  • Module 2, Unit 1: Introduction to Advanced Legal Mapping  
  • Module 2, Unit 2: The Policy Surveillance Process  
  • Module 2, Unit 3: Policy Surveillance in Practice  

Module 3: Legal Evaluation 

  • Module 3, Unit 1: Evaluating the Impact of Laws and Policies on Health  
  • Module 3, Unit 2: Going a Step Further with Legal Data 


Registration Process and Fees

There are no prerequisites required for this program. 


Course Completion

To complete the Certificate, participants need to complete all modules within 12 months from the date they begin Module 1. To complete a module, participants need to complete the individual units within each module. To complete an individual unit, participants are required to view the unit video and complete the unit assessment. Each unit assessment must be passed with a minimum of 80% correct answers to receive credit for completion. Assessments may be completed as many times as needed to reach the 80% threshold. All modules and materials will be available via Canvas.


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