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Notice to Readers: New CDC Course: Public Health Emergency Law

CDC's Public Health Law Program and CDC's Coordinating Office for Terrorism Preparedness and Emergency Response announce the availability of a new course, "Public Health Emergency Law" (PHEL). PHEL includes six PowerPoint lecture units that can be used for training nonlegal professionals in health departments, emergency management agencies, and other organizations active in public health emergency preparedness. PHEL covers relevant legal principles in the following areas: 1) basic concepts (e.g., plans under which public health and emergency management work together); 2) detecting and declaring emergencies; 3) protecting persons (e.g., use of quarantine and isolation); 4) managing property; 5) mobilizing professional resources; and 6) advanced topics (e.g., legal implications of public communications during emergencies). The course also provides an interactive case study to reinforce learning points delivered during lectures.

Detailed information about PHEL and copies of the CD-ROM containing all of the course components are available from PHEL field coordinators at telephone, 770-220-0608, or e-mail, or

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Date last reviewed: 8/17/2005


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