Public Health Law Research: Making the Case for Laws that Improve Health

Public Health Law Research is a national program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation that is housed at Temple University Beasley School of Law. This program “…offers long-term, short-term and rapid-response funding for projects at the intersection of law and public health, but may also draw upon a range of other disciplines, including medicine, economics, sociology, psychology and public policy.”

This website includes information on research done by grantees with links to their final papers where available. It also has many methods guides posted. A few of the titles include Crafting a Public Law Research Proposal, Using Logic Models for PHLR Research, Using Qualitative Methods in Public Health Law Research, and Evaluating Public Health Law Using Randomized Experiments, among others.

Public health law datasets have been collected here that reflect features of a specific body of laws. Legal datasets are available for topics such as obesity prevention, distracted driving, state vaccination, tobacco control, and alcohol policies.

The Network for Public Health Law, offering technical assistance, help in locating speakers, and networking opportunities, is also housed here, with most services currently free.