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Genetics: Law, Policy, and Bioethics (HLTH8515)

2 credits

The course will examine a variety of legal, policy, scientific, social, and ethical issues relating to genetics and genomics. It will take an interdisciplinary approach to examination of these issues, drawing upon a diverse set of reading materials within the casebook. Topics to be covered include the intersection of law and science generally; genetics research and bioethical issues in human subject research; commercialization, ownership, and gene patenting; genetic testing and reproduction; access and liability issues; clinical applications of genetics research; and genetic privacy.

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Health Privacy (HLTH7518)

2/3 credits. Lecture

As our health information is being digitized and stored in electronic records, this transformation poses novel challenges for the laws designed to protect the privacy and security of our personal health information. This class will provide students with a substantive overview and analysis of the laws that directly govern or have an impact on health information privacy and security in the United States. The main focus of this course will be the privacy and security provisions of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA), the foundation for federal protections of health information. Additionally, the course will examine the interplay between HIPAA and other federal and state health privacy laws and the application and enforcement of those laws in a variety of health care settings.

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