Legal Considerations in Public Health Surveillance in the United States

Verla S. Neslund, Richard A. Goodman, James Hodge, John P. Middaugh

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    This chapter provides an overview of the legal issues relating to public health surveillance. It discusses the general legal authorities for public health surveillance set forth in constitutional, statutory, and regulatory laws; legal milestones in the evolution of public health surveillance and disease control in the United States; and legal issues related to the collection, analysis, and dissemination of surveillance data for public health practice and research activities. In addition, the chapter presents information about new surveillance challenges beyond traditional infectious disease models, including the influence of bioterrorism preparedness on surveillance activities.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Title of host publicationPrinciples & Practice of Public Health Surveillance
    PublisherOxford University Press
    ISBN (Electronic)9780199866090
    ISBN (Print)9780195372922
    StatePublished - Sep 1 2010


    • Bioterrorism
    • Constitution
    • Infectious disease models
    • Laws
    • Legal
    • Regulation
    • Statutory

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Medicine(all)


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