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College of Law

Health Law

Course Number: 6685
Professor: Melissa Alexander
Credit Hours & Type of Credit: 3
Semester Offered: Spring
Required: No
Prerequisites: Students must have completed their first year of law school.
Recommended Courses: None

Course Overview: This traditional doctrinal course introduces students to a wide variety of law governing health care.  We study professional licensing and liability, institutional regulation and liability, EMTALA, ERISA, the Affordable Care Act, Medicare, Medicaid, and fraud and abuse laws.  Given the breath of material covered, this course provides a critical first step for students interested in specializing in health law and an overview for any general practitioner.

Course Materials: See the current Book List located under Courses and Curriculum
Course Format: Class lecture and discussion
Written Assignments: Short, if any
Type of Exam: Essay, short answer and multiple-choice
Basis for Grading Student Performance: Exam, participation, and short interim assignments
Other Comments: Health spending accounts for 18% of the nation's gross domestic product.  This course introduces students to laws that regulate that industry.  It does not cover the provider-patient relationship, healthcare decision-making, reproduction, aid in dying, or public health, all of which Bioethics addressed.

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