Date Developed: 1/25/2018. Source: Network for Public Health Law. Presenter(s): Jill Krueger, JD. Type: n.a.. Level: Intermediate. Length: n.a..
Public health officials have great discretion in carrying out their responsibilities to protect health. However, this discretion can be legally challenged by individuals, organizations, and government. A video, slides, and the decision making tool are available.
• Discretionary authority public health officials have in carrying out their duties.
• Situations where use of discretion may be legally challenged.
• Factors the law requires to show proof of an abuse of discretion.
• Tools to assist public health decision making (the recent prosecutions of health officials for the Legionella outbreak in Flint, Michigan will serve as an example).