Children's Health and the Law

Division of Online Learning

This course examines the law governing medical treatment of minors. It explores the tension between parents’ authority to make decisions on behalf of the child, the child’s needs and wishes, the duty of medical professionals to provide adequate care, and the state’s interest in protecting the child and citizens from harm. It examines how medical decisions are made or should be made when these actors disagree on the appropriate course of treatment for a child, including whether to terminate treatment, religious objections to treatment, and traditional versus alternative treatment options. The course will explore issues raised when minors wish to make decisions about their reproductive health and the challenges raised when a minor needs mental health treatment. It will also explore public health issues affecting children and how medical professionals and the state address these problems. Special attention will be paid to policy-based and ethical questions raised by the issues covered.

Master of Science in Jurisprudence Online Degree | Open House - February 7, 2015