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Forensic Epidemiology: Integrating Public Health and Law Enforcement

Author(s): Sana Loue, JD, PhD, MPH, MSSA, Professor of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio, Director, Center for Minority Public Health of the School of Medicine, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio
  • ISBN-13: 9780763738495
  • ISBN-10:0763738492
  • Hardcover    195 pages      © 2010
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Events on local, national, and international levels have highlighted the need for joint investigation and collaboration between public health and law enforcement.  Domestic violence and partner homicide, intentional infection of individuals with HIV, and the anthrax attacks of 2001 are examples that underscore the need for forensic epidemiology in the investigation of criminal acts.

Forensic Epidemiology focuses specifically on the integration of the principles and methods of epidemiology with law enforcement functions in the administrative and criminal contexts. Ideal for students and professionals in public health, criminology, and law, this book challenges the reader to examine various policy questions and to contemplate their own values as scientists, legislators, policymakers, and individuals.


  • Provides the reader with an overview of public health, administrative, and criminal law as well as the foundational concepts in the use of evidence in administrative and criminal proceedings.
  • Case studies that examine the intersecting issues in the areas of communicable disease, mental health and substance use, partner violence, biological terrorism, and environmental concerns such as environmental tobacco smoke and exposure to television violence.
  • Concludes with a look towards the future and suggestions for the training of professionals.
Chapter  1  Epidemiology and Law
  Epidemiology in the Legal Context
  The US Legal System
Chapter  2  Epidemiology and Administrative Law
  Agency Rulemaking
  Agency Adjudications
  Oversight of Agency Activities and Administrative Action
  Epidemiology and Agency Action
Chapter  3  Epidemiology and Criminal Law
  Establishing Causation in Criminal Law.
  The Criminal Process
  The Epidemiologist as Sleuth: Investigating Murder
  Issues in the Use of Epidemiological Evidence in the Criminal Context
Chapter  4  Epidemiology and Public Health Law
  Searches and Inspections
  The Embargo, Seizure, and Destruction of Articles
  Reporting Functions
  Remedies Available to the Public Health Agency
Chapter  5  Law, Epidemiology, and Communicable Disease
  Case Study 1: Criminal Prosecutions for HIV Exposure
  Case Study 2: Quarantine
Chapter  6  Law, Epidemiology, and Mental Health
  Case Study 1: Maternal Substance Use During Pregnancy
  Case Study 2:The Medical Examination of Aliens and the Exclusion Provisions
Chapter  7  Epidemiology, Terrorism, and Violence
  Case Study 1: Partner Violence, Epidemiology, and the Law
  Case Study 2: Biological Terrorism, Law Enforcement, and the Epidemiologist
Chapter  8  Environmental Concerns
  Case Study 1: Regulating Environmental Tobacco Smoke
  Case Study 2: Television,Violence, and Aggression
Chapter  9  Looking Toward the Future
  Finding Balance
  New Approaches to Training

Sana Loue, JD, PhD, MPH, MSSA-Professor of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio, Director, Center for Minority Public Health of the School of Medicine, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio

Dr. Loue is a Professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics and the Director of the Center for Minority Public Health of the School of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio.  She has secondary appointments in the Departments of Bioethics, Psychiatry, and Global Health.  Dr. Loue holds graduate degrees in law (J.D.), epidemiology (Ph.D.), medical anthropology (Ph.D.), social work (M.S.S.A.), and secondary education (M.A.).  Dr. Loue’s primary research focus is on HIV risk and prevention and family violence in marginalized communities, such as non-English speakers, immigrants, sexual and ethnic/racial minorities, and persons with severe mental illness.  Other research interests include forensic epidemiology, severe mental illness, and ethical issues in the conduct of research with vulnerable persons.  She has authored over 70 peer-reviewed articles and 58 book chapters, and has authored and/or edited 27 books.

  • "This is an interesting book on a relatively new field in epidemiology. Given the rapidly occurring changes in public health, the information on how public health (through the use of its science of epidemiology) and law enforcement are, and should be, integrated is timely and important."

    —Sylvia E. Furner, MPH, PhD, University of Illinois at Chicago (For Doody's Book Review Service)

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