SCHOOL OF LAW | THE UNIVERSITY OF AKRON
Public Health Law & Science Center
Working at the intersection of law, science and technology to address important public health law issues in the areas of health, medicine, science, the environment and emerging technologies as they affect individuals, communities and societies.
Fulfilling a national need
“The PHLSC is another demonstration of the School of Law’s commitment to graduating students who are ready to meet tomorrow’s challenges today.
“By giving students direct access to thought leaders in the field through the classroom, externships and community service opportunities, the School of Law is continuing its tradition of graduating thoughtful attorneys with real world experience. It is this real world experience that will give these students an edge as they enter the workforce and GIVE employers the skilled professionals they need.”
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“The School of Law has consistently lived its mission as a public institution serving the public good through access and affordability. PHLSC will educate our students – lawyers and non-lawyers – to create forward-thinking public health law and policy that is responsive to scientific innovations.
“The Center will provide opportunities for students to work in interprofessional teams in classes, externships and direct community service. As always, we will prepare students both to protect the rights of people who need access to health care and to facilitate solutions and innovations that will improve our community and the world.”
The University of Akron School of Law
Advancing public health
through law, science and technology
Law and regulation traditionally lag behind science, sometimes by decades, often to the detriment of public health. The Public Health Law & Science Center (PHLSC) recognizes that effective and timely law and regulation should, instead, work hand in hand with science and technology—as each is important in shaping the other.
To promote this objective, the PHLSC will actively create a space for dialogue among professionals in the scientific, medical, legal, and technical fields, including relevant social scientists, lawyers, legislators, regulators, the media and the public.
Through this dialogue, the PHLSC will put science into action through use of the law to address fundamental, growing public health legal policy challenges and opportunities in various areas of public health, medicine, the environment and emerging collaborative technologies as they affect individuals, communities and societies.
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Four goals of PHLSC
- To support, organize and facilitate interdisciplinary research and education that merges concepts and methods from different disciplinary cultures, theoretical orientations, philosophies of science and types of institutions (such as hospitals and laboratories).
- To engage a wide audience of diverse individuals with different backgrounds, perspectives and ideas in the work of the Center.
- To collaborate with policy makers, both private and public, to identify, study, and strengthen the public health aspects of their work.
- To build an international dimension into the Center's work by first building horizontal networks and programs between the different colleges and departments of the University of Akron and then between colleges and universities across the country and around the world.
Areas of concentration
Our work will be focused in three broad areas.
- The provision of education and training of present and future healthcare lawyers.
- The provision of education and training for non-lawyers who wish to enhance understanding of the laws and regulations that govern healthcare.
- Research by interdisciplinary teams that collaborate to examine public health issues that inform professional practice, public conversation and social policy. The goal is to help health leaders, officials and advocates use the law to advance public health.