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2022 Program

Our health and the choices we make are shaped by the social, legal, policy, and environmental contexts in which we live. After all, it's hard to be healthy without access to good jobs and schools, or safe, affordable homes. Population Health & Judicial Decision-Making is a tuition-free, interactive and discussion-oriented course that provides judges with the tools they need to recognize how these social determinants of health impact litigants and the issues that come before courts, and understand how they are relevant to judicial decision-making.


Additionally, the course will introduce judges to the evidence-based frameworks that explain how social factors affect the choices and opportunities of litigants. The course will also help judges read and evaluate public health research relating to population health.

Program highlights:

  • The course will be taught by faculty from the Center for Health Policy and Law and the Institute for Health Equity and Social Justice Research at Northeastern University, as well as guest speakers with expertise in epidemiology, public health and medicine.

  • Judges, former judges, and experienced judicial educators will serve as discussion leaders.

  • The course covers eight hours interactive, discussion-based material.

  • We work with program attendees to apply for continuing education credits.

  • The program will cover travel costs for judges taking the course in-person.

Judges will leave the training knowing:

  • How to identify the social determinants of health, including poverty, housing and structural racism, in court cases and understand how they are relevant to judicial decision-making.

  • How to assess public health-related evidence.

  • How their decisions may affect the health of litigants and the broader population.

The program will utilize evidence-based materials based in law and the social sciences. Participants will have a chance to review and discuss relevant legal cases and social and health sciences articles that demonstrate key principles of the program. 

Registration for our October 7, 2022 program is now closed.
Please click below to navigate to the waitlist form.

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