Online Program

Incorporating collaborative learning into public health law education

Monday, November 4, 2013 : 5:10 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Micah Berman, JD, College of Public Health & Moritz College of Law, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
Julie Ralston Aoki, JD, Public Health Law Center, William Mitchell College of Law, St. Paul, MN
Michael Freiberg, JD, Tobacco Control Legal Consortium, William Mitchell College of Law, St. Paul, MN
By its nature, public health law is an interdisciplinary practice, yet public health law is often taught in disciplinary silos, with law and public health students taking separate courses at their respective schools. The Carnegie Report outlines a framework for enhancing legal education and preparing students for practice that includes core competencies in the areas of knowledge, skills, and values. Using the Carnegie framework, this panel is targeted to an audience of faculty who teach public health law in different disciplinary schools, practitioners who supervise students, and others involved with public health and legal education. It will examine innovative methods, benefits, and challenges of teaching public health law in an interdisciplinary manner. Professor Berman, Assistant Professor at Ohio State University's College of Public Health and Moritz College of Law, will discuss an innovative public health law course that he co-taught. The course connected students from law schools in Massachusetts and Minnesota. Over the course of the semester, the students engaged in collaborative learning across three different dimensions. First, students worked with others students in their own classes to research and prepare presentations about specific public health laws. Second, students collaborated (via teleconference) across the law schools to teach each other about the public health laws they had studied. Finally, the students presented their findings to public health practitioners and advocates in their own communities. This presentation will discuss how this course could serve as a promising template for courses in law schools or schools of public health.

Learning Areas:

Public health or related education

Learning Objectives:
Describe the Public Health Law course that connected students from Minnesota and Massachusetts. Explain how collaborative learning elements could be incorporated into a Public Health Law Course.

Keyword(s): Law, Teaching

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am a professor of public health law and I taught the course discussed in this presentation.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.