Montrece McNeill Ransom, JD, MPH Public Health Law and Policy Expert
Public Health Law: Concepts and Case Studie
Montrece McNeill Ransom, JD, MPH is the co-editor of the forthcoming textbook, Public Health Law: Concepts and Case Studies, published by Springer Publishing. The book is scheduled to be released in the Fall of 2020
Public Health Law: Concepts and Case Studies is a practical textbook for students of public health and health policy with comprehensive coverage of core concepts in law across public health sectors. The text builds upon the understanding that law is a significant determinant of health while highlighting essential knowledge of legal issues and laws affecting public health outcomes. Chapters address major topics in United States public health law and take a competency-based approach influenced by models developed by the CDC’s Public Health Law Program. The book describes the most important and relevant considerations of the law through case studies and real-world examples that students and practitioners of public health need as a baseline in order to mitigate health inequities and public health threats. Written with a basis in health equity, chapters also include call-out boxes to appropriate health equity related principles and theories.
The book’s three parts explore law as a foundation for public health practice, law in everyday practice, and law as a transdisciplinary public health tool. It addresses key legal concepts such as the sources of authority in the United States legal system, constitutional foundations, limitations of authority, regulation, and litigation as they relate to public health. The most prevalent public health law topics and national public health strategies are covered in clear prose and offer guidance on the law and legal issues related to immunization, infectious disease control, chronic disease prevention and management, unintentional and intentional injury prevention, emergency law, global public health, environmental law, LGBT populations and the law, women’s reproductive health topics and more. Hypothetical case studies throughout illustrate how law impacts public health practice across a variety of settings and populations. Content on the transdisciplinary nature of public health practice spans topics such as law as a social determinant of health, the Health in All Policies initiative, legal epidemiology, law and ethics, and the scope of public health decision-making.
Insightful and practical in its approach, Public Health Law: Concepts and Case Studies provides students and public health practitioners alike with knowledge and tools for utilizing the law to advance public health goals in the communities they serve.
Includes practical, real-world case studies illustrating the intersection of law and public health in many different contexts
Highlights health equity and social justice issues relevant to chapter topics
Explains legal frameworks and challenging legal concepts in easy to read prose
Highlights relevant legal issues and considerations during the COVID-19 pandemic
Includes access to the fully downloadable eBook as well as instructor ancillary materials such as Instructor’s Manual, PowerPoints, and Test Bank
Montrece McNeill Ransom, JD, MPH began her public health career in 2001, as a Presidential Management Fellow and was appointed to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In her full-time job, she currently serves as the Lead for Public Health Law Training and Workforce Development with the Public Health Law Program at CDC. In this capacity, Ms. Ransom lead's CDC’s efforts to develop and deliver training and educational materials aimed at increasing the capacity of public health practitioners, health care providers, and their legal counsel to use law as a tool to advance community health goals. Ms. Ransom also spends a lot of time working on career pathing and professional development with new public health practitioners and public health lawyers. She has presented trainings, taught courses, and published on a broad range of topics including public health emergency law, tribal public health law, health disparities, careers in public health, health policy, and environmental public health law. Ms. Ransom is a member of the American Public Health Association (APHA) and the American Bar Association's Health Law Section, where she co-founded the Public Health Policy Interest Group, and currently serves as Vice Chair of the Diversity Coordinating Committee. And, she serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the American Society of Law, Medicine, and Ethics. Ms. Ransom is the 2017 recipient of the APHA Jennifer Robbins Award for the Practice of Public Health Law, and the 2019 awardee of the ABA Health Law Section's Champion of Diversity and Inclusion Award. Ms. Ransom has been teaching on the collegiate level since 2008, and began as a Contributing Faculty member with Walden in 2014. At Walden, in the School of Health Sciences, she serves as Capstone Faculty, helping students reflect on what they’ve learned, and think through how they will apply their health care management, public health, or health studies education upon graduation. She also teaches Legal and Ethical Issues in Healthcare at Walden, and she has taught Ethics and Social Responsibility in Health Care, Health Care Law and Regulation, Health Law and Ethics, Health Communication, Enterprise Risk, Creative Thinking, Employment Law, General Education, and Business Law at other colleges and universities.
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