PRMD 5000 & 6000
Ethics in the Health Professions
This course provides students with foundational knowledge and skills in responsible professional behavior enabling them to reflect, address, and resolve competently the ethical issues that they will confront during their professional training, research, and clinical practice. This course teaches rudimentary knowledge and skills in ethical theory and reasoning, professional ethics, and interprofessional approaches to health care decision making and explores the goals of health care and the experience of illness. Through small group activities, students have opportunities to foster communication skills, critical reasoning, and reflective deliberation within the moral and ethical dimensions of health care.
Current Legal Issues in Health Care
This course combines law students and health sciences students in the same class room to discuss some of the most difficult issues of contiporary health law and policy. Students consider access inequality; cost containment in both public and private insurance programs; litigation as a quality regulation method; the managed care revolution and backlash; and the debate between government vs. market regulation of the health care system. Throughout the course, students are urged to consider their professional roles in contributing solutions to the issues discussed.
Ethical and Legal Issues in Public Health, Health Policy and Epidemiology
This course explores the ethical and legal dimensions of various topics of concern in the areas of public health, health policy and epidemiology. The following are some of the topics which will be covered: health care reform and medical indigency, screening and genetic screening, epidiiological research, public health and individual rights, and public health in developing countries.