This course gives students an overview of key legal, ethical and regulatory issues related to the provision of medical care. Topics covered include the formation and termination of the physician-patient relationship, the Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act (EMTALA), medical malpractice, informed consent, medical confidentiality (including the HIPAA Privacy Rule), treatment decisions for patients who lack decision-making capacity, treatment decisions for children and adolescents, and mental health treatment.
Upon completion of this certificate program, you will be able to:
- Summarize the key sources of law applicable to healthcare professionals’ provision of care to their patients
- Explain what healthcare providers must do to comply with these legal requirements
- Analyze real-world situations facing healthcare providers in order to spot legal issues and formulate options
- Develop strategies for avoiding legal problems by designing policies and practices in light of legal requirements
- Use Internet-based research tools to find authoritative statements of the law and answers to legal questions
- Evaluate proposed changes in the law and assess their implications for healthcare providers
- Recognize situations in which professional legal advice is necessary and communicate effectively with professional legal counsel
The Law of Patient Care certificate program can be completed in just 8 weeks. Coursework must be completed in the sequence in which it is offered. You should plan to spend about 6-8 hours per week on online coursework, including reading assignments, research and writing projects, and online discussions.