ML: Health Law and Policy (Largent)
T 5:30PM - 8:15PM
Gittis Hall 1
Masters in Law
Health Law and Policy is a seminar course intended to introduce non-lawyers to a selection of foundational legal issues arising in the U.S. health care system. The course covers the law of doctor-patient relationships, including professional licensure, duty to treat, informed consent, conscientious refusal, medical malpractice, and privacy protections. It also addresses current law and policy challenges related to access to care, including different approaches to health insurance and patient coverage, human rights perspectives, tackling drug costs, and patient claims to pre-approval access. The course covers legal issues relevant to special populations, such as patients with mental illness and disability, pregnant patients, and patients at the end of life. Finally, the course considers the legal parameters of public health authorities, FDA regulation of pharmaceutical products, and the law of research with human subjects, all of which will use COVID-19 as a lens for analysis. Across topics, we will consider not only what the law is, but also what it should be. Because this is an introductory course, it aims to provide students with a broad survey of relevant topics; however, it does not aim to be comprehensive. More advanced legal issues related to health care fraud and antitrust should be pursued in specialized health law courses. Regular attendance and high-quality class participation are strongly encouraged, both to promote understanding of the course material and to promote student-to-student learning.
Course Concentrations: Health Law Learning Outcomes: Demonstrate a core understanding of selected legal issues arising in the U.S. health care system. Identify, differentiate between, and understand interactions across various sources of health law and policy: cases, statutes, and regulations at the federal and state levels. Develop expertise to critically analyze and contribute to public debate relevant to health law and policy. Communicate effectively about health law and policy topics in writing and verbally.
Additional Information: Skills training: critical analysis, argumentative writing, writing for lay audiences
Grading: 75% written assignments (3 writing assignments), 25% class participation.
Course Continuity: All sessions will be recorded. I will make PPT slides available for download.
Health Law Learning outcomes: Demonstrate a core understanding of health law and policy; Perform legal analysis in the context of health law and policy; Communicate effectively on topics related to health law and policy; Demonstrate an understanding of the interconnection among health law and policy and issues of access to services, public and private financing of health industries, and the political and economic issues surrounding issues of health law and health services.
Perspectives on the Law Learning outcomes: Demonstrate an understanding of how the law affects, and is affected by, the individual course topic; Perform legal analysis in the context of the individual course topic; Communicate effectively on the legal and other aspects of the individual course topic; Demonstrate the ability to use other disciplines to analyze legal issues relevant to the individual course topic, including economics, philosophy, and sociology, as appropriate.
Administrative and Regulatory Law Learning outcomes: Demonstrate a core understanding of administrative and regulatory law and the administrative process, including the role of statutory authorization and work of administrative agencies; Perform legal analysis in the context of administrative and regulatory law; Communicate effectively on topics related to administrative and regulatory law; Demonstrate an understanding of the role administrative and regulatory law play in our legal system and in society as a whole.