Course Summary
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Health 301: Ethical and Legal Issues in Healthcare
20 weeks (44 hours)
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Credit Recommendation & Competencies
Level Credits (SH) Subject
Upper-Division Baccalaureate 3 medical law and ethics


The course objective is to identify and explain issues in healthcare management, electronic record keeping, patient privacy, health insurance, health reporting, and healthcare prevention.

Learning Outcomes:

  • identify sources of law and ethical codes that apply to healthcare and healthcare management
  • apply ethical frameworks to resolve dilemmas that may be encountered in healthcare management
  • analyze risks of civil and criminal liability that exist for healthcare organizations and providers
  • evaluate strategies for healthcare organizations and providers to mitigate risks of civil and criminal liability
  • develop a risk mitigation plan for healthcare organizations and providers

General Course Topics:

  • Ethics and decision-making in healthcare
  • Ethical issues and legal regulation in healthcare
  • Licensure and accreditation of healthcare providers
  • Licensure and accreditation of healthcare providers and professionals
  • Electronic record-keeping and patient confidentiality
  • Patient privacy and HIPAA compliance
  • Informed consent, patient rights and health reporting
  • Health insurance and the Affordable Care Act
  • Ethical issues involving lack of capacity and end-of-life care
  • Patient rights and major ethical and political dilemmas
  • The US court system and healthcare decisions
  • Criminal liability risks and prevention strategies in healthcare
  • Tort liability risks and prevention in healthcare
  • Contract liability risk and prevention in healthcare
  • Workplace liability for healthcare organizations
  • Risk mitigation in healthcare and prevention strategies
Instruction & Assessment

Instructional Strategies:

  • Audio Visual Materials
  • Learner Presentations

Methods of Assessment:

  • Examinations
  • Presentations
  • Quizzes
  • Written Papers

Minimum Passing Score:

Supplemental Materials