Date of Graduation

Fall 12-18-2015

Document Access

Project/Capstone - Global access

Degree Name

Master of Public Health (MPH)


School of Nursing and Health Professions

First Advisor

Marcianna Nosek


The Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA) was created on February 13, 2014, to improve country's ability to detect, prevent and respond to emerging health threats. Eleven action packages were created. The detection action package included antimicrobial resistance, zoonotic diseases, national biosafety/biosecurity and immunization. The prevention action package included establishing a national laboratory system, strengthening real-time biosurveillance, advancing timely and accurate disease reporting and establishing a trained global health security workforce.The response action package focused on establishing emergency operation centers, linking public health and law enforcement and enhancing medical countermeasures/personnel deployment.

The following paper summarizes the components performed for the GHSA Legal Landscape Assessment. The first component focused on identifying the legal domains and legal approaches for each of the response action packages. The second component included a literature review and human rights analysis on the subjects of multisectoral rapid response, medical countermeasures, immunization, biosafety/biosecurity, information systems, and antimicrobial diseases. The final component was an epidemiological profile, which assessment the laws and policies in place in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone during the Ebola outbreak and their impact on the spread of the virus. The GHSA Legal Landscape Assessment will support countries with successfully applying and meeting the action package goals of the Global Health Security Agenda.