Current Issues in Health Law
This is a year-long, two-semester course that begins in the fall, and ends in the spring. Students are awarded 1 credit for each semester. However, no credit will be awarded unless both semesters are completed. Students will receive a grade of “I” (incomplete) at the conclusion of the fall semester. Once students have completed the course in the spring, they will receive a grade for the spring and the grade for the fall will be changed to the same grade as was issued for the spring. In the event that a student does not complete the spring semester, the student shall receive either a "U" or a "W" for both the fall and spring semesters. Additionally, if the student drops the certificate program and drops the course in the spring, both the spring course and the fall course will be removed from their record. The student may be subject to late drop fees for dropping the fall semester offering of the course.
The course focuses on current issues of health law and policy and introduces students to the variety of settings in which lawyers are involved in health law and the range of kinds of clients they represent. Classes are taught primarily by leading experts in the fields of health management, health policy, and health law. In addition, student presentations and student-facilitated discussions will comprise some classes. Students in the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health may also participate in the course.
Over the course of the year, students are required to write 7 letters to the editor (maximum of 150 words) discussing a recent news article that addresses some contemporary health law or policy issue. In addition, students read “The Social Transformation of American Medicine” by Pulitzer Prize winning author, Paul Starr and write a paper (4-6 pages) about the book, which is due late in the spring semester.
The grade is based on the student presentations/discussions (20%), letters to the editor (40%) and the paper (40%).
Enrollment in Health Law Certificate Program is required.