The Law of Patient Care

  • PHI
  • EMTALA regulations
  • duty of care
  • confidentiality
  • malpractice
  • advance directives
  • mental health
  • shared decision-making
  • informed consent
  • no-fault liability
  • outpatient commitment

Learn to:


  1. Recognize the factors that trigger the creation of a provider-patient relationship

  2. Appreciate how courts determine the legal standard of care applicable to healthcare providers

  3. Explain the legal obligations of hospitals and healthcare providers when patients arrive at an emergency department

  4. Advise healthcare providers on how to comply with the HIPAA Privacy Rule


This course provides an overview of key legal, ethical and regulatory issues related to the provision of medical care, including the formation and termination of the physician-patient relationship, the Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act (EMTALA), medical malpractice, informed consent law, and medical confidentiality. Students evaluate the law’s approach to complex bioethical dilemmas, including decisions for patients who lack decision-making capacity, treatment decisions for children and adolescents, and mental health treatment. Carefully selected case studies and guided analysis of legal issues in healthcare allow students to apply newly-acquired knowledge to real-world situations.

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