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Health Law and Policy (Spring 2017)

  • Course Number: LAW-811
  • Class Number: 03552
  • Instructor: Cindy Carson

Course Description

Health care is one of the largest and most dynamic sectors of our economy and with the introduction of the Affordable Care Act, health law and policy have been at the forefront of the national discussion.  While health care law is a rapidly expanding field with an increasing demand for attorneys, a basic knowledge of the issues is valuable for any lawyer, as every person will come in contact with the health care system at some point in their lives.

 This survey course is designed to provide a solid foundation in the legal rules, regulations and policy determinants that govern our U.S. health care system.  We will begin with an introduction to the fundamentals of health policy and do a comparative analysis of health systems in other countries.  We will then go into a detailed exploration of access to care, health financing, and quality of care.  We will continue with the physician-patient relationship and consideration of the structure and regulations of health care institutions.  We will consider liability and regulatory issues for providers, institutions, and other stakeholders such as insurance companies, pharmaceutical companies, and medical device makers.  We will then discuss ethical issues that arise in health care, both at the beginning and end of life, and will end the course with discussion of the future of health care.  

Casebook:  Health Law, Furrow, et al, 7th ed.

Course Details

  • Unit Value: 3
  • Grading Options: Numerical or CR/D/F
  • Schedule: Th 8:00 am - 10:40 am
  • Room Number: Room 106
  • Exam: Paper and presentation
  • Writing Requirement: No
  • Skills/Experiential Unit Requirement: No
  • Participation: Required and graded