SWPI106: Assurance: Laws and Regulations

Course Description:

SWPI106: Assurance: Laws and Regulations is sixth in a nine-course learning series. 

This course covers Essential Service 6 - Enforce laws and regulations that protect environmental public health and ensure safety and highlights the importance of reviewing and using new research to update ordinances and regulations. Equity and responsiveness are discussed as key elements of regulatory enforcement.

Target Audience

Public Health, First Responders, Emergency Response and Preparedness Professionals and Healthcare Practitioners

Learning Objectives

  • Describe the importance of environmental laws, rules, and regulations in protecting public health
  • Identify the role of environmental health professionals in assuring compliance with and enforcing environmental health ordinances and regulations
  • Have a basic understanding of the structure of governmental public health systems and the authority of governments to create and enforce laws and regulations
  • Recognize the importance of being consistent and equitable in regulatory enforcement
  • Inform and educate the public and the regulated community on the importance of rules and regulations for federally regulated UDWSs and how compliance can best be achieved
  • Ensure that rules and regulations for federally regulated UDWSs are periodically reviewed and updated to reflect current scientific knowledge and best practices
  • Describe the basic components necessary for establishing a local drinking water well ordinance
  • Ensure that compliance and responsiveness of regulated entities are evaluated regularly
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.00 Participation/CE
    Tulane Professional and Continuing Education (PaCE) awards 1.00 hour(s) of credit for completing SWPI106: Assurance: Laws and Regulations
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Michael Herring

Captain Michael E. Herring, REHS, MPH (Retired)

Captain Herring received a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Health from East Carolina University in 1980 and a Master of Public Health degree from the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston in 1993. He began his career in 1980 as an environmental health specialist with the Durham County Health Department in North Carolina. He was promoted to Environmental Health Supervisor in 1983 and served in that role through 1988 when he accepted a commission with the United States Public Health Service.

During his Public Health Service career, Captain Herring was assigned to various positions throughout the nation with the Indian Health Service, the U.S. Coast Guard, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). His diverse career comprised multiple leadership positions including serving as the director of the environmental health program for one of the nation’s largest Alaska Native corporations, serving as chief of the largest environmental compliance program in the U.S. Coast Guard, and serving as a senior environmental health scientist and team leader of the Training and Technical Assistance Team for the Environmental Health Services Branch of the CDC National Center for Environmental Health.

Throughout his career, Captain Herring also served in numerous leadership roles for various public health and environmental health organizations, committees, and work groups at the national, regional, state, and local levels. Captain Herring retired from the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps in 2015.

Available Credit

  • 1.00 Participation/CE
    Tulane Professional and Continuing Education (PaCE) awards 1.00 hour(s) of credit for completing SWPI106: Assurance: Laws and Regulations


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System Settings 
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