McGeorge School of Law

Model Syllabus Four

Participants contributing to this outline: R. Alta Charo, Larry Levine, Holly McMahon, Terry O'Brien, Jason Sapsin

I. Basic Civics and Basic Public Health Sciences
    a. Types of powers
      i. Executive
        1. Agency
        2. Administrative Law
      ii. Legislative
      iii. Judicial
    b. Applicable Constitutional Law
      i. Separation of Powers Issues
      ii. Federalism
      iii. Commerce power
      iv. Spending power
      v. Treaties
      vi. Bill of Rights
        1. 1st Amendment (associations, religion, speech)
        2. 4th Amendment (searches and seizures)
        3. 5th/14th Amendments (Equal Protection/Due Process)
        4. 10th(state powers)
    c. Structure of Public Health Programs at State and Federal Level
    d. Basic Public Health Skills
      i. Basic Epidemiology
      ii. Biostatistics
      iii. Health information services
II. Prevention
    a. Lab/Research Regulation
      i. Addressing Personnel and Select Agents
        1. General Regulations
        2. Special Terrorism Rules
      ii. Civil Rights of Lab Workers
        1. Labor/Employment Law
        2. Immigration Law
      iii. Regulation of Research and Prohibitions
        1. Open Question on Constitutional Authority
2. Research Coercion through spending power
iv. Regulation of dissemination of research results
        1. Research results (1st Amendment)
        2. Federal Rules on Classification & of other federal information restrictions
        3. Role of Professional Self Regulation
        4. Role of Patent law in suppressing information
      v. Medical Research/Ethics
        1. New Prophylaxis/Vaccines
        2. Civilian?Military, Adult?Child
III. Jurisdiction
    a. Federal
    b. State
    c. Local
    d. International
    e. Topics
      i. Primary responders
      ii. Special regimes/New regimes and effects
      iii. Interstate conflict over cross?border disease transmission and adequacy of neighbor state's measures
        1. Closing borders to neighbors
    f. Interstate Emergency Assistance Compacts
    g. Public Health and Law Enforcement
    h. National Security Agencies
      i. Investigation
      ii. International Cooperation
IV. Persons (control over)
    a. Borders/Immigration
      i. National sovereignty
      ii. Intelligence gathering
    b. Restrictions on movement
      i. Isolation
      ii. Quarantine
      iii. Cordon Sanitaire
      iv. Constitutional right to travel
    c. Interstate/Intrastate
    d. Examine, Test, Treat, Vaccinate?1st Amendment Refusals
    e. Privacy and Information Sharing
    f. Refugee Management Property
V. Property
    a. Resource allocation
      i. Medical Ethics
      ii. Professional Codes of Conduct
    b. Takings/Nuisance
    c. Public Necessity Doctrine
    d. Commerce Clause and WTO Rules on Suspending Trade due to public health risk
    e. Person/Property Combination: Ownership and management of dead bodies (1st Amendment implications)
VI. Employee/Employer/Personnel
    a. Impressments of private citizens
      i. E.g. docs and nurses
    b. Employment issues
      i. Mandatory exposure to risk
      ii. Discrimination against refusers
      iii. Occupational health/safety rules and disparate impact on worker subgroups
VII. Liability and Defenses
    a. Medical errors
    b. Standard of care
    c. Vaccine injuries
    d. Investigational drugs/interventions
    e. Agency proceedings
    f. Duty of government to warn public of threat? Is there sovereign immunity?
    g. Interstate conflict over adequacy of neighbor state's measures
VIII. Public Information
    a. Role/control of media
    b. Internet regulation
    c. Private dissemination of information
    d. General prior restraint doctrine
    e. Discussion of duty to disclose
IX. Courts and Remedies
    a. Courts
      i. State/local
      ii. Federal
        1. State-federal conflicts (federalism)
      iii. FISA
      iv. International/Hague
    b. Role of courts (when and how they are involved)
      i. Secret/public proceedings
      ii. Emergency hearings
      iii. Expedited appeals
    c. Evidence standards
    d. Use of Experts/Special Masters
    e. Remedies
      i. Injunctions
      ii. Damages
    f. Separation of Powers
    g. State vs. federal constitution protections
    h. Administrative law
      i. Agency deference
      ii. Ultra vires doctrine
      iii. Rulemaking procedure