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Health Law, Policy and Ethics


This survey course will introduce students to contemporary issues in health law, policy and ethics. Topics will address the history, evolution of legislation, policy and case law in areas of individual health care, as well as the public health law sphere.

Topics will include issues in the patient-physician relationship, such as reproduction, experimental treatments, medical error and death. Other topics relate more to the relationship individual-state and include quality of health care provision, organ donation and vaccinations. Students will navigate legal principles and statutes, and will develop critical thinking towards policy and legal regimes. This course seeks to create awareness of policies and legislations in health care.  It will combine theory and practice and stimulate critical thinking. The goal of this course is to develop methodic and analytical reasoning skills to discuss value-based conflicts in the health care setting.

Satisfies an interdisciplinary minor requirement in Health and Human Values