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HAD 502 Health Care Law

View health care in a legal context.

8 weeks

A nations' health care system is subject to law and regulation. Law not only advances, but also provides context for the health care policy of a particular nation — it is based upon the ethical beliefs held by a society. In HAD 502 Health Care Law, you’ll examine principles and practices of law, legal relationships, sources of law and legal processes affecting the health service system.

Course Overview

In the field of health care, law, ethics and public policy are intertwined. You’ll learn to research statutes and case law related to health care. Throughout this course you will also write briefs in order to familiarize yourself with the types of legal issues that arise in the industry.

Quality of health care—defined as measures of structure, process and outcomes—is a major focus of law and regulation. The law seeks to protect the public through standards imposed on providers. You’ll examine these standards and learn the importance of protecting the privacy of patient medical information.

How effective are litigation alternatives?

Explore this and more in HAD 502.

As you examine the types of malpractice suits that can be brought against a health care organization, you’ll learn the plaintiff's requirements and the available defenses in a professional liability or lawsuit. You’ll also discuss some of the more innovative approaches being used to resolve liability claims in health care.

The ownership of hospitals and health care systems is one of the most rapidly evolving areas of health care law. You’ll come to understand the implications of various types of ownership, whether for profit, not-for-profit, or public. You’ll also gain insight into both public and private health insurance.

Two significant legal topics in health care are anti-trust laws and contractual obligations to provide treatment in certain situations. You’ll examine both topics, as well as the legal issues surrounding the beginning and end of life. For example, you’ll review the legal limitations on patient autonomy at the end of life.

Sample Assignment

You will write case briefs on several major court cases that shaped health care litigation.

Course Topics

Throughout each week of the course, you will focus on a core topic or theme. Sample topics are listed below and are subject to change based on the instructor.

  • Introduction
  • Law and Health Care Quality
  • Professional and Institutional Liability
  • Civil Litigation Reform
  • Corporate Structure and Medical Staff Organization
  • Health Insurance
  • Anti-Trust Law and Access to Care
  • End of Life Issues

What You’ll Learn

In HAD 502, you’ll learn how legislation affects the health care industry and how health care managers navigate those laws.

  • Know how federal and state court systems are organized and how they function.
  • Be able to perform basic legal research.
  • Apply the legal protections afforded to patient health information.
  • Understand alternative methods of resolving civil medical practice claims.
  • Evaluate the forms of legal action that can be brought against public and private health insurance programs.
  • Comprehend the implications of Federal ERISA law on private health insurance.
  • Identify the legal requirements for providers to render services.
  • Consider the significant legal issues arising at the beginning and end of life.

Learn More

Through HAD 502, you’ll gain knowledge, skills, and values that can help you navigate legal issues you may encounter as a health care manager. For more information about this course or other courses in The University of Scranton’s online Master of Health Administration degree, request more information or call us today toll-free at (866) 373-9547.

The content presented on this page is representative information for example purposes and is subject to change as course and student needs change over time.