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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%).