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Legal and Ethical Issues in Health Services Management

Beijing, China
4th term
Health Policy and Management
3 credits
Academic Year:
2021 - 2022
Instruction Method:
Class Times:
  • F Sa Su,  8:30am - 4:50pm
Auditors Allowed:
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Judith Holzer

Provides students with an overview of the legal environment as it affects medicine and business. Utilizes cutting-edge cases as students explore medical mal-practice, negligence, liability (physician, product, and corporate), the changing physician-patient relationship, the care of vulnerable and high-risk populations, intellectual property, criminal aspects of health care, patient consent and rights, and health care reform.

Learning Objectives:

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

  1. Identify how business law 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.
  2. Summarize the 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. Cite legislative and judicial responses to conflicts in health care as an expression of public policy and societal concerns
  4. Explain 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
Methods of Assessment:

This course is evaluated as follows:

  • 10% Participation
  • 10% Peer-feedback
  • 35% Final Exam
  • 15% Industry timeline
  • 30% Industry Reflection Paper

Enrollment Restriction:

Part-time DrPH students in the Tsinghua cohort only

Instructor Consent:

Consent required for all students

Consent Note:

enrollment restricted to students in the Tsinghua DrPH cohort

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Special Comments:

This course is offered over a period of 3 days in Beijing China. Students are required to complete readings and assignment prior to the in-person session.