Laws enacted by national, regional, or local governments on matters affecting the public's health. The principal laws in this category are concerned with protection from the risk of contagious diseases and life-threatening environmental hazards. The laws are reinforced by enabling regulations and ordinances. During the past 150 years there have been progressive improvements and modifications of the laws as the pattern of contagious and environmentally related diseases has changed. There has often been resistance from commercial and industrial groups who think stronger laws and regulations threaten their economic interests.
Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology.