Core Course

This course will focus on converting the tools of policy analysis into action and social change, addressing the regulatory, legal, and ethical issues affecting hazard and response management, privacy, and quarantine. Refusal of medical care will be put in the context of patient rights and public policy. Rules of evidence and practices of forensic management by local, state, and federal agencies involved in the handling of samples from impacted sites are equally important, as are the legal, regulatory, and ethical perspectives on exposed individuals and their families. Students will apply analytic tools to these and other related policy problems. Issues will be placed in the context of real-world cases in which major policy changes have succeeded or failed in the political process. Examples and case studies from past governmental responses to hazardous events will be used extensively.