Lawyer Detail

Lainie Rutkow

Associate Professor

Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health


Areas of Expertise

  • Chronic Disease Prevention
  • Emergency Legal Preparedness & Response

Available For

  • Referrals
  • Speaking Engagements
  • Technical Assistance



Publications and Research


Lainie Rutkow, J.D., Ph.D., M.P.H., is an Associate Professor of Health Policy and Management at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and the Assistant Director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Law and the Public's Health. She is affiliated faculty of the Johns Hopkins Public Health Preparedness Programs and core faculty of the Johns Hopkins Center for Injury Research and Policy and the School’s Office of Public Health Practice and Training. Dr. Rutkow uses legal, quantitative, and qualitative research methods to conduct policy analysis and evaluation in areas such as emergency preparedness and chronic disease prevention. Dr. Rutkow is affiliated with the Eastern Region of the Network for Public Health Law. She has served as a Fellow with the Committee on Government Reform in the U.S. House of Representatives and has worked with the Legal Aid Society of New York’s Health Law Unit and the New York Civil Liberties Union. She earned a B.A. from Yale University, a J.D. from New York University School of Law, and an M.P.H. and Ph.D., in health policy, from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.


  • Development of a Toolkit about Legal Approaches to Address Potentially Deceptive Claims on Foods & Beverages Marketed to Children – Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Healthy Eating Research Annual Grantee Meeting. February 2015.
  • Developing Ethical Standards to Improve Local Response Capacity to Infectious Disease Events – National Association of City & County Health Officials Annual Meeting. July 2014.
  • Emergency Preparedness, State Laws, & Willingness to Respond Among the EMS Workforce – Public Health Services & Systems Research Keeneland Conference. April 2014. 
  • Impact of Legal Protections on the Public Health Workforce’s Willingness to Respond During Emergencies. American Public Health Association 141st Annual Meeting. November 4, 2013.