The Law of Patient Care

Division of Online Learning

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 course, you will be able to:

  1. Summarize the key sources of law applicable to healthcare professionals’ provision of care to their patients
  2. Explain what healthcare providers must do to comply with these legal requirements
  3. Analyze real-world situations facing healthcare providers in order to spot legal issues and formulate options
  4. Develop strategies for avoiding legal problems by designing policies and practices in light of legal requirements
  5. Use Internet-based research tools to find authoritative statements of the law and answers to legal questions
  6. Evaluate proposed changes in the law and assess their implications for healthcare providers
  7. Recognize situations in which professional legal advice is necessary and communicate effectively with professional legal counsel

The Law of Patient Care certificate course 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.



Master of Science in Jurisprudence Online Degree | Open House - October 25, 2014