Course Number: 6910
Credit Hours & Type of Credit: 2
Semester Offered: Spring
Prerequisites: Students must have completed their first year of law school.
Recommended Courses: None
Course Overview: This seminar course offers students an overview of major laws, issues and trends affecting the health care industry and the general public. Students will be introduced to the historical roots of health law and policy in the United States and continue through discussion of legal implications arising from the latest developments in medical science and technology and issues regarding world health. Guest lecturers, experts in their specific health field, will periodically present their perspective for class discussion. Students will be presented a variety of topics; the amount of time spent on varying topics will be determined by the interests of students enrolled in the class. However, the following topics will be addressed: patient rights, professional licensing, facility licensing, health care payment systems, quality of care, Stark Laws, EMTALA, public health, and emerging world health care issues. The following presentations are anticipated: Perspectives from the Board of Medicine, Board of Nursing, and Board of Pharmacy, Aids and the Law, Impact of the Aging on Health Care, Reproductive Rights and Freedoms, Health Care Fraud, Medicare, Medicaid, and other Government Health Care Programs, Health Care in Correctional Facilities and Penal Institutions, and The Avian Flu Pandemic.
Students are required to write seminar papers and will have broad latitude in covering subjects not covered by the whole class. Students are also expected to make class presentations on their paper topics. Seminar members will learn from each other and will help shape this course. Lively discussion is anticipated.
Course Materials: See the current Book List located under Courses and Curriculum.
Course Format: Seminar with guest lecturers and discussion.
Written Assignments: 15-20 page written paper on topic of choice related to the Health Law field.
Type of Exam: There will be no final exam.
Basis for Grading Student Performance: Class participation, final written paper