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Principles & Practice of Public Health Surveillance$
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Lisa M. Lee, Steven M. Teutsch, Stephen B. Thacker, and Michael E. St. Louis

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780195372922

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195372922.001.0001

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Legal Considerations in Public Health Surveillance in the United States

Legal Considerations in Public Health Surveillance in the United States

(p.217) 10 Legal Considerations in Public Health Surveillance in the United States
Principles & Practice of Public Health Surveillance

Verla S. Neslund

Richard A. Goodman

James G. Hodge

John P. Middaugh

Oxford University Press

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.

Keywords:   laws, legal, regulation, statutory, bioterrorism, infectious disease models, constitution

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