Legal Considerations in Surveillance and Field Epidemiology

Verla S. Neslund, Richard A. Goodman, James L. Hadler, James G. Hodge

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This chapter provides an overview of the legal issues relating to public health surveillance and field epidemiology. It discusses the general legal authorities for surveillance and public health investigations provided by the U.S. Constitution and by state laws; outbreak investigations and disease control in the United States; and legal issues related to the collection, analysis, and dissemination of surveillance data. It also 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 publicationField Epidemiology
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9780199863952
ISBN (Print)9780195313802
StatePublished - Sep 1 2009
Externally publishedYes


  • Disease control
  • Field investigation
  • Outbreak investigations
  • Public health surveillance

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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