Law and Epidemic Emergency Preparedness (LEEP) Online Training

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State, tribal, local, and territorial health department staff, emergency planners and managers, first responders, and anyone working in response to an epidemic often face complex legal issues when working to stop the spread of a highly infectious communicable disease.

CDC’s free online Law and Epidemic Emergency Preparedness (LEEP) training covers provisions and concepts applicable to epidemic response, including various challenges faced during the 2014 Ebola response, and applies them to future infectious disease emergency response planning. LEEP examines legal underpinnings of emergency preparedness and response systems, what actions are authorized, and how to minimize legal barriers to an effective large-scale communicable disease response.

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LEEP consists of eight units. Units 1, 2, and 3 provide participants with a foundation in legal issues surrounding law and epidemic emergency preparedness, and units 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8 cover specific situations you may encounter during an epidemic.

LEEP Training Units

  • Unit 1 – Public Health Legal Preparedness
  • Unit 2 – Public Health Investigations
  • Unit 3 – Public Health Interventions
  • Unit 4 – Airports, Ports of Entry, and Response
  • Unit 5 – Transportation
  • Unit 6 – Treatment
  • Unit 7 – Waste Transportation and Disposal
  • Unit 8 – Human Remains

Disclaimer: These course materials are for instructional use only and are not intended as a substitute for professional legal or other advice. While every effort has been made to verify the accuracy of these materials, the legal authorities and requirements may vary from jurisdiction to jurisdiction. Always seek the advice of an attorney or other qualified professional with any questions you may have regarding a legal matter. The contents of these presentations have not been formally disseminated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and should not be construed to represent any agency determination or policy.

Page last reviewed: August 7, 2020