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306.663.20 Legal and Ethical Issues in Health Services Management

Health Policy and Management
Winter Inst. term
3 credits
Academic Year:
2012 - 2013
East Baltimore
Auditors Allowed:
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Judy Holzer
Course Instructor:
  • James Doherty
Frequency Schedule:
One Year Only

Develops skills in the ethical analysis of policies and conflicts that arise in the delivery of health care services. Explores the ethical implications of the fundamental structural changes taking place in the U.S. health care market, with attention to the perspectives of the health care professional, the organization "managing care," and the consumer. Topics include basic and applied works in ethical theory; ethical issues in provider selection; the changing physician-patient relationship; reimbursement and financial incentives; quality assurance and utilization review; experimental treatment; and the care of vulnerable and high-risk populations.

Learning Objectives:

Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:

  1. Discuss business law as it affects health services delivery, including choice of corporate form, imposition of liability for clinical decision making and regulated financial practices (e.g., health care fraud )
  2. Identify and define legal and ethical conflicts arising in the current health care delivery system, including the manner in which particular financial arrangements and management theories create conflict between different legal and ethical principles
  3. Examine legislative and judicial responses to conflicts in health care as an expression of public policy and societal concerns
  4. Explore the inherent limitations of the legal system to address and resolve conflict and the role of ethical analysis
  5. Identify the differences between legal and ethical issues
  6. Analyze ethical issues within the context of individuals and collective value systems and the organizational structure, mission and culture of health care delivery systems
  7. Utilize different methods of ethical analysis, problem solving, and conflict resolution for ethical disputes
  8. Examine reality-based conflict driven fact patterns and analyze legal and ethical issues
Methods of Assessment:

Student evaluation based on class participation and a short take-home exercise.

Enrollment Restriction:

Restricted to students enrolled in the Pacific Rim part-time DrPH program ONLY

Instructor Consent:

Consent required for all students

Consent Note:

All students must receive consent from Judy Holzer to register for this section only.

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