Identifying ways in which individuals make decisions that affect their health and how public health law can support healthier actions

The Foundation's program, Public Health Law Research: Making the Case for Laws That Improve Health, was designed to build the evidence for public health law and policy, translate research findings into practical tools to increase the support for and use of law by policy-makers and public health practitioners, and to translate findings to other fields and venues to improve and protect health.This grant project will explore how individuals make decisions about: (1) vaccinations; (2) sexual behavior; (3) preventative medication and health habits; (4) medical procedures and treatment; and (5) health insurance coverage. The study will map existing case law and regulations on the presentation of risk-related information, such as the validity and interpretation of waivers and disclaimers and will uncover patterns in choices and preferences building on behavioral insights. Deliverables for this project include journal articles; law briefs; conference presentations; policy briefs; and a book for a broad audience tentatively entitled, Healthy Choices: How We Decide About Our Health and Well Being.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $149,059.00

Awarded on: 12/4/2009

Time frame: 12/1/2009 - 5/31/2011

Grant Number: 67148


University of San Diego School of Law

5998 Alcala Park
San Diego, 92110-1000


On Amir
Project Director


Orly Lobel
Project Director