Over the last five years, public health law research (PHLR) has achieved recognition as a field. Combining empirical legal studies, public health law scholarship, and health services research, PHLR works to understand how law can be used to advance public health goals.
This Editor’s Introduction to the Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law reviews the field of PHLR and highlights the key findings of the studies included in this issue.
Overall, this issue shows that progress has been made in the methodological rigor of the field and in identifying sources of data. However, translating PHRL into practice and funding for PHLR remain major concerns.