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Public Health & YOU: Policy and Authority in Public Health is a Course

Public Health & YOU: Policy and Authority in Public Health



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About the Webinar

The Public Health Competency Development Series is presented by the IU School of Public Health's Office of Public Health Practice and the Office of Career Services. This annual continuing education series incorporates direct feedback from SPH-B graduates and public health professionals on desired areas of additional training. Each course will focus on sharpening skills for a specific component of the Core Competencies for Public Health Professionals.

This course will focus on the topic of public health policy and the authority of federal, state, and local powers. Specifically, our presenter will discuss the roles of various stakeholders and sources of authority in public health policy with reference to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this webinar, you will be able to:

  1. Understand the roles of the Constitution, legislatures, agencies, courts, and public in shaping public health policy;
  2. Describe the constitutional authority and limits on governmental intervention;
  3. Discuss the tensions between protecting society’s interests and preserving individual rights.

Meet the Instructor

Erin Cooperman

Erin Cooperman, MPH, JD, is a lecturer at Indiana University School of Public Health-Bloomington. Erin earned her MPH from the Indiana University School of Public Health-Bloomington, and a JD from the University of Toledo College of Law. Since 2007, Ms. Cooperman has been teaching law-related courses for the Department of Applied Health Science. Throughout her first ten years at IU, she directed an AmeriCorps program for the School of Public Health focusing first on health promotion in general and, eventually, implementing coordinated school health in rural school districts. Her prior work experience includes representing defendants in the Toledo Municipal Court and teaching human sexuality to middle school students for the YWCA. She is a licensed attorney and secondary education teacher.



Length: 2 hours


School of Public Health


Credit: Certificate


Audience: Public Health Professionals

How To Get a CEU Certificate

In order to receive a certification of completion with continuing education (CEU), you must enroll in the course. Also, you must score 80% or higher on the Assessment.

To enroll in the course:

  1. If you do not already have an IU Guest Account, you must create one. You’ll find more information about creating an IU Guest Account here.
  2. After obtaining access to an IU Guest Account, come back to this page and click Login to enroll.

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