The Center for Public Health Law and Policy explores fascinating and emerging global and domestic issues in public health law, policy, and ethics. Varied topical interest areas include emergency legal preparedness, vaccinations, health care reform, injury prevention, and constitutional rights and protections.
The center brings students together with leading scholars, practitioners, and policymakers to address critical challenges at the intersection of law, ethics, policy, and the public’s health. Its diverse group of scholars and partners seeks to promote the role of law as a tool for improving the public’s health by conducting targeted legal and policy research, developing innovative tools and educational materials, generating extensive scholarship, and collaborating with public health and medical leaders. For more information, review our virtual “open house” recording.
The center also hosts the Western Region Office of the Network for Public Health Law, supported primarily by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The Network provides technical assistance to practitioners and attorneys nationally, and allows students the opportunity to research, develop, and implement public health law solutions.
From its origination in fall 2009, the center has flourished with the support of multiple faculty and colleagues across the university. For over a decade, the center has been at the forefront of health care and public health law, policy, and ethics. Some of our significant achievements include:
- Generation of over $6 million in external funding in public health law and policy (with special thanks to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF));
- ASU Law is consistently ranked among the top 25 health law programs nationally for 11 years running by U.S. News and World Report - and currently #13 in U.S. News and World Report 2023, our 2nd highest rank ever;
- One of 8 law schools receiving an A+ grade for its health law curriculum in 2021 by Prelaw Magazine (published via National Jurist);
- Host of the 2022 ASLME Health Law Professors Conference (which ASU Law previously hosted in 2012);
- Organizer of multiple national and regional conferences and symposia in public health law and health policy;
- Publication of over 175 manuscripts in premier journals of law, medicine, public health, and policy, including co-authorship credits for nearly 50 different ASU fellows, students, and alums;
- 500+ media cites in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, USA Today, Time, Newsweek, The Atlantic, NBC News, among others;
- Full-time fellowship opportunities for over a dozen ASU Law graduates and other talented colleagues nationally;
- Ascendance of ASU alums in major health law and policy positions in public and private sectors, including federal/state health agencies, major law firms, policy enterprises, and academia;
- Alliances with multiple programs and partners nationally and internationally;
- Multiple substantive projects in health law and public health law and policy (as per select project descriptions below).