Public Health Laws and Ethical Implications

Public Health Laws and Ethical Implications 


Public health laws and regulations are often passed in response to human-caused or natural disasters or the spread of an infectious disease or other health epidemic. Select a law or regulation that was passed after a significant public health event or in response to an epidemic. In a 1,250-1,500 word paper, discuss the public health law or regulation and describe its impact on a community, including its ethical implications. Examples could include laws/regulations targeting smoking, obesity, healthy mothers and babies, vaccinations, etc. Include the following:

1.     Introduction with an overview of the law/regulation, why it was passed, and how it was or is being implemented on the local, state, and/or federal level.

2.     A discussion of who the law/regulation targets and how they are being impacted.

3.     An evaluation of the efficacy of the law/regulation. Include evidence demonstrating whether it is or is not working.

4.     A discussion of the law/regulation’s ethical implications-Do you think this law is fair and ethical in natural? It is being applied ethically/fairly? Were/are there any unforeseen/unintended consequences to be considered?

Prepare this assignment according to the guidelines found in the APA Style Guide, located in the Student Success Center. An abstract is not required.

This assignment uses a rubric. Please review the rubric prior to beginning the assignment to become familiar with the expectations for successful completion.

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NOTE: Can you please answer the questions above. PLEASE don’t omit answering any part of the instructions and questions above? I would like to write about smoking Maybe (Vaping) Just a thought. You decide if there is enough literature on it. If not, we can write about tobacco regulations and laws. Very important keep in mind I am in California in case you need to mention that. Also, keep in mind that this is a public health class.

NOTE: this class uses rubric which will be attached. Please don’t omit any part of the questions because when I submit the paper and if all questions are not answered and developed properly the rubric takes many points away. Thank you


The materials below were posted by the instructor and the book is the one we are using for this class, however, you might not need this information for this paper. Please include the CDC and peer reviewed articles for this assignment. Thank you


Read "Fostering Nurses' Moral Agency and Moral Identity: The Importance of Moral Community," by Liaschenko and Peter, from Hastings Center Report(2016).


Read "Safeguarding the Public's Health: Ethical Nursing," by Rushton and Broome, from Hastings Center Report (2015).


Read "Laws & Regulations," from U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (2010).


Read "Legislation, Regulations & Policies," from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2015).



Read "Specific Laws and Regulations Governing the Control of Communicable Diseases," from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2017).



Explore the Public Health Law Center at Mitchell Hamline School of Law website.


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