Temple University Center for Public Health Law Research

Philadelphia,  PA 
United States
  • Booth: 242

Join us as we make the case for laws that improve health!

The Center for Public Health Law Research at Temple University's Beasley School of Law is dedicated to supporting the widespread adoption of scientific tools and methods for mapping and evaluating the impact of law on health.

We develop and teach public health law research and legal epidemiology methods; research laws and policies that improve health, increase access to care, and create or remove barriers to health; develop technology that supports scientific legal research, and share evidence to facilitate innovation.

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 Press Releases

  • At the Center for Public Health Law Research, our library of legal datasets and research resources is ever-expanding. Here are a few of the most recent additions to our collection:

    Our Newest Legal Data

    Post-Dobbs State Abortion Restrictions And Protections – This dataset provides a high-level overview of state abortion restrictions and protections enacted following the US Supreme Court decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, which overturned nearly 50 years of precedent protecting the right to an abortion prior to viability. It tracks key legal developments from June 1, 2022 through August 31, 2022.

    Sentinel Surveillance of Emerging Laws Limiting Public Health Emergency Orders – This longitudinal sentinel surveillance dataset provides an overview of laws that limit the authority of a governor, state health agency, or state health official, regarding public health emergency orders. The dataset covers all 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia and includes laws that were enacted since January 1, 2021, and were effective on or before May 20, 2022. Read the recent interview with lead researcher Katie Moran-McCabe in The Nation's Health.

    Patient Affordability and Debt Collection Policies at 340B Program Hospitals – This research collected Financial Assistance Policies and related debt collection policies from a representative sample of 75 340B hospitals to better understand financial support for pharmaceuticals for low-income populations.

    State Laws Regulating Unpaid School Meal Debt – This dataset on LawAtlas.org explores statutes and regulations addressing school lunch policies in all 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia. This dataset is valid through April 1, 2021.

    Upcoming Events

    Monthly Methods Webinar Series – Throughout 2023 our team of expert researchers and special guests will provide training on scientific legal mapping methods, including policy surveillance, and applications of the process in research and practice. Join us for an introductory session that provides a broad overview of policy surveillance methods and applications, or one of our "Legal Epi at Lunch" sessions that will focus on exploring in-depth methodological issues or approaches in scientific legal mapping and legal epidemiology research. 

    The Law and Evidence on Self-Managed Abortion Virtual Panel Series – This panel series explores the interplay between empirical evidence on the safety and efficacy of self-managed abortion and laws, policies, and their application. Together with the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law at Georgetown University Law Center, Ibis Reproductive Health, and If/When/How Lawyering for Reproductive Justice, we will bring together empirical researchers and legal experts to explore the state of the evidence, the state of the law, and relationships between the two in the context of self-managed medication abortion in the United States and around the world. Join us for the next session on November 15 discussing the legal risks associated with self-managed abortion. Register for free today.

    Public Health Law Textbook Update

    The New Public Health Law, second edition – Featuring the frameworks that structure the field of legal epidemiology and public health law practice, the second edition of The New Public Health Law: A Transdisciplinary Approach to Practice and Advocacy provides insight and guidance from industry leaders Scott Burris, Micah Berman, Matthew Penn, and Tara Ramanathan Holiday. Available for pre-order now, releases November 15, 2022. APHA attendees can use the code ALAUTHC4 for a 30% discount! Order your book and access teaching materials now.


  • MonQcle
    MonQcle is a one-stop legal research software used to navigate and organize complex legal text to produce legal data for research and practice.

  • MonQcle is a “software-as-a-service” platform that provides tools to create cross-sectional or longitudinal datasets that link text to locations (jurisdictions or other places). MonQcle is behind our legal data on LawAtlas.org and PDAPS.org, and powers legal research for organizations around the world.

    Organize your research.  Move beyond clunky, inefficient spreadsheets to a clean and user-friendly design. MonQcle allows teams to clearly organize every resource needed across every step of the process.

    Easily update.  MonQcle makes it easy to make changes and update your data projects, ensuring they stay current and relevant.

    Track changes across space and time.  MonQcle allows you to track laws and policies as they change over time, and in jurisdictions of all levels — from cities, counties and school districts, to states and countries.

    Visualize the data.  MonQcle has built-in data visualization tools that provide you with a variety of ways to review, present, and share your research, including maps, tables, charts and graphs, and reports.

    Learn more at MonQcle.com

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