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LAW 5058: Empirical Legal Research Methods: Health Policy (Can be taken concurrently with Public Health Law)
Spring 2022 • Section 21 • CRN 48067

Course Description

This course aims to provide students with a comprehensive introduction to scientific methods for measuring law and its effects. While the focus will be on the evaluation of the health effects of law, the training will be applicable to other social and economic effects as well. It will entail quizzes and brief writing assignments on evaluation (40% of grade) with the creation of a quantitative legal dataset (60% of grade). Both Law students and students seeking a Masters in Public Health will participate in the course.


Day/Time Location
M 4:00-5:50 PM Barrack 102

Course Details

  • Scott Burris
  • Adam Herpolsheimer
Credit Hours

3 Credits



Course Type
  • Non-Exam
Course Modality


Fulfills J.D. Requirement




Registration Info

Registration Notes

This will be one of four courses offered in collaboration with the College of Public Health as the basis for a Certificate in Public Health Law (pending approval). The other courses include Public Health Law offered by the Law School and two courses that will be offered by the College of Public Health (Multivariate Statistics and Health Law Research Project). Over the four course set, students will learn to conceptualize, design and conduct an evaluation research project. The course will be taught in a seven week block in the second half of Spring 2022. NOTE 1: This course will have ""in person"" class meetings from 4 pm to 5:50 pm on Mondays beginning on March 14, 2022 and ending on April 25, 2022. Students will also be responsible for completing 2 hours per week of online ""asynchronous"" course content, and another 8 hours per week of ""out-of-class"" work in preparing readings, assignments, etc. This course is designed to be taken in sequence with Public Health Law, which occurs in the same time slot in the first half of the semester. JD students who do not wish to get the Certificate will still be able to take the two law school courses, as part of the normal JD curriculum.

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