Health LawIntroduction to Health Law provides a foundation for legal practice in the fields of Individual Health Care Law and Public Health Law in the United States. In so doing, it explores the relationship between law and policy, and examines the legal issues that often arise in the state's attempts to regulate personal behavior and the provision of medical care.
The course is divided into two sections, the first surveys important legal issues in Individual Health Law focusing on such issues as: access to health care, public and private health insurance coverage, confidentiality, informed consent, liability of healthcare institutions and health care providers, and the organization of health care delivery.
The Public Health Law portion of the course examines the central tension between the state's regulatory powers and individual rights in the context of protecting the public's health. It covers such subject areas as: federal, state and local public health powers; the circumstances under which the state can limit the freedoms of individuals in order to protect citizens from the consequences of their personal lifestyle choices; compulsory screening; immunization; quarantine and civil commitment; criminal punishment; and mandated treatment. Legal issues surrounding public health responses to threats of bioterrorism will also be considered.