The Case for Streamlining Emergency Declaration Authorities and Adapting Legal Requirements to Ever-Changing Public Health Threats

Emergency powers are a necessary tool in legal preparedness; however, legal mechanisms for activating these powers through emergency declarations can be complex, situation dependent, with authority divided among designated executive officials.

Legal Aspects of Public Health Emergency Preparedness

This online course is intended as an overview and introduction to public health law in emergency preparedness. By the end of this training, participants should be able to:

  • Identify key features of legal authority at different levels of government for responding to public health emergencies
  • Describe potential or actual legal powers, responsibilities, and risks during declared emergencies
  • Describe legal questions relating to the use of medical or public health volunteers during emergencies

Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Act of 2006 (Pub. L. No. 109-417)

An Act to amend the Public Health Service Act with respect to public health security and all-hazards preparedness and response, and for other purposes. Specifically, the Act provides new authorities for development of countermeasures and establishes mechanisms to strengthen state and local public health security infrastructure.