LAW 5731: Current Issues in Health Law - 2231

Current Issues in Health Law
Class Term:
Fall Term 2022-2023
Catalog Number:
Professor(s): Type:
1 (0.5 Contact, 0 Field)
Graduation Requirements:
"W" Writing
Limited Enrollment - Certificate Course
Full Year Course:
Standard Courses

Additional Information

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.

Grading Details

The grade is based on the student presentations/discussions (20%), letters to the editor (40%) and the paper (40%).


This course is designed to increase the awareness of students in the Health Law Certificate Program of the rapidly changing health care industry and the equally rapidly changing field of health law and policy. Understanding the law regulating the health care industry requires an understanding of the industry itself. Another purpose of the course is to expose students to a more in-depth treatment of selected topics than is provided in the basic survey course in Health Law and Policy. The course also exposes students to topics that are not covered in the survey course, providing a broader view of the field of health law, which helps in the selection of other course offerings and of a topic for the Faculty Supervised Writing Requirement. Classes are taught primarily by leading experts in the fields of health management, health policy, and health law.

Current Issues in Health Law