January 21, 2020, 8:00-9:30 a.m. ET

This webinar is part of the international webinar series on public health ethics, law and human rights for the future of humanity organized by the UK Faculty of Public Health in collaboration with the European Public Health Association and other partners. It will introduce a global audience to the emerging approach of “legal epidemiology,” the scientific study and deployment of law and legal practices for public health. Legal Epidemiology is an increasingly important part of public health training and practice in the US, and is gradually attracting interest elsewhere. This webinar will cover its origins, nature and rationale, and examples of its use in research, policy tracking, and advocacy. It will conclude with a presentation on how CDC has integrated legal epidemiology in its work.


  • Legal Epidemiology: What and Why (Scott Burris, Professor of Law, Director Center for Public Health Law Research, Temple University)
  • Finding the Policy Drivers of (In)Equity and the Social Determinants of Health (Kelli Komro, Professor of Epidemiology, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University)
  • Assessing the Effects of Legal Interventions on COVID-19: A Systematic Review (Benjamin van Rooij, Professor of law and society, University of Amsterdam)
  • A Global HIV Policy Database (Matthew Kavanagh, Professor of Law and Director Global Health Policy and Politics Initiative, O’Neill Institute, Georgetown University)
  • CityHealth.org: Legal Epidemiology in Advocacy (Shelley Hearne, Professor of the Practice of Public Health, Director of the John Hopkins Center for Public Health Advocacy)
  • Legal Epidemiology at CDC: (Matthew Penn, Director Public Health Law Services, Centre for Disease Control and Prevention)