Public Health Law and Ethics: A Reader

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Lawrence Gostin, an internationally recognized scholar in public health law and ethics, is Professor of Law at Georgetown University, Professor of Public Health at the Johns Hopkins University, and Director of the Center for Law & the Public's Health at Georgetown and Johns Hopkins Universities (CDC Collaborating Center “Promoting Public Health Through Law”) (http://www.publichealthlaw.net). Professor Gostin is a Member of the Institute of Medicine and serves on the IOM Board on Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, the Institutional Review Board, and expert study committees, including the IOM Committee on Assuring the Health of the Public in the 21st Century. He is also a Fellow of the Kennedy Institute of Ethics and the Hastings Center. He works closely with national and international public health agencies, including the World Health Organization, UNAIDS, the National Institutes of Health, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Professor Gostin is the Health Law and Ethics Editor of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).

Professor Gostin has led major law reform initiatives for the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services (the Model State Public Health Information Privacy Act) and a consortium of states (the “Turning Point” Public Health Statute Modernization Project to draft a Model Public Health Law). In the wake of September 11, 2001, he led the drafting of the Model Emergency Health Powers Act to combat bioterrorism and other emerging health threats.

In the United Kingdom, while head of the National Council of Civil Liberties, Professor Gostin received the Rosemary Delbridge Memorial Award for the person “who has most influenced Parliament and government to act for the welfare of society.

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