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Term: 4th term
Credits: 3 credits
Academic Year: 2014 - 2015
Course Instructor:

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 Objective(s):
Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
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
Examine legislative and judicial responses to conflicts in health care as an expression of public policy and societal concerns
Explore the inherent limitations of the legal system to address and resolve conflict and the role of ethical analysis
Identify the differences between legal and ethical issues
Analyze ethical issues within the context of individuals and collective value systems and the organizational structure, mission and culture of health care delivery systems
Utilize different methods of ethical analysis, problem solving, and conflict resolution for ethical disputes
Develop a basic understanding of 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) on the various elements of the delivery system and the legal and ethical implications of health service delivery through tax-exempt and for profit corporate structures.

Methods of Assessment: Student evaluation based on class participation and a short take-home exercise.
Location: East Baltimore
Class Times:
  • Thursday 8:00 - 10:20
Enrollment Minimum: 12
Enrollment Maximum: 40
Enrollment Restriction: undergraduates are not permitted in this course
Instructor Consent: Consent required for all students

All students must receive consent from Blakely Goldsmith to register.

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Auditors Allowed: No
Grading Restriction: Letter Grade or Pass/Fail