The discussion assignment provides a forum for discussing relevant topics for this week based on the course competencies covered.
For this assignment, make sure you post your initial response to the Discussion Area by the due date assigned.
To support your work, use your course and text readings and also use outside sources. As in all assignments, cite your sources in your work and provide references for the citations in APA format.
Start reviewing and responding to the postings of your classmates as early in the week as possible. Respond to at least two of your classmates. Participate in the discussion by asking a question, providing a statement of clarification, providing a point of view with a rationale, challenging an aspect of the discussion, or indicating a relationship between two or more lines of reasoning in the discussion. Complete your participation for this assignment by the end of the week.
The US Legal System
The US society is grounded on the rule of law administered through the US legal system. There are many important features and principles of the US legal system. In order to study public health policy, you need to relate the laws with public health policies.
On the basis of your understanding of the topic and knowledge gained from this week’s readings, answer the following questions:
- What is the purpose of having a body of enforceable laws in our society?
- What are two key roles of laws in our society?
- What might be the result if these laws were not in place?
- Explain the four primary legal sources of laws—constitutions, statutes, administrative regulations, and common laws.
- Compare and contrast between a public health policy and a law.
- Do you think that public health policy is dependent upon the laws? Why and how?