School Of Law

Public Health LawWestern Sydney University Unit Code: 200702.4


Student Contribution Band: 4

Level: 3

Credit Points: 10

Assumed Knowledge
Students should have successfully completed 80 credit points of law units.

Equivalent Units
69113 - Public Health Law

200977 Fundamentals of Australian Law

About this Unit
This unit considers various legal issues related to population health. This area of law is relatively new and continually developing and expanding. This unit is primarily concerned with how law has and should respond to various health dilemmas at the population level. These include State protection of the community from death (for example requiring road users to wear a seatbelt or helmet) and disease including both communicable disease (for example immunisation, quarantine and managing disease outbreaks) and non-communicable disease (for example smoking, alcohol, obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease). This unit also considers frameworks for evaluating whether public health laws are justifiable regulation, taking into account the balance between public good and the autonomy of individuals.

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