2014 Summer Institute Courses

Week One: Monday, June 16 - Friday, June 20 | 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM

Public Health, Public Policy, and the Law


The purpose of this course is to explore the intersections of public health, public policy, and law by examining the obligations of public health practitioners, whether working to improve the health of a single patient or an entire population. The course will provide a framework to consider the legal ramifications of public health interventions as well as the policy considerations that underlie such interventions. 


This course will examine the relationship between public health, public policy and law as well as how government affects the health of Americans.  Legal issues in the field of public health will be discussed as well as the law’s role in the relationship between patients and practitioners.


Students who successfully complete this course will be able to:

  • Understand the role of federal, state, and local governments in the promotion and protection of the health of our citizens
  • Identify and address legal issues in the public health field
  • Understand the role and relationship of statutes, rules, and case law in the rights and obligations of practitioners and their patients, and ways in which change is made to meet new policy objectives

Bill Purcell, JD
Attorney at Law
Jones, Hawkins & Farmer, PLC
Former Mayor, Metro Nashville and Davidson County, TN

Session Two: Monday, June 23- Friday, June 27 | 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM

Race, Class, and Access: Contemporary Health Issues


This course will explore the effects of race, and class on access to care.  The course will also examine health care delivery systems.  Lastly, the course will discuss the health services industry and the future of health care from a health economics standpoint.


Students will:

  • Gain a better understanding of the relationships of social and environmental phenomena and the health of minority communities
  • Explore social and economic determinants of health disparities
  • Develop an understanding of the relevance of economic concepts to the health care sector
  • Gain an understanding of the role of economic factors in the development of health policy 

Julianne Malveaux, PhD
Economist, Author, Commentator and Activist
President Emerita, Bennett College for Women