Speaker: What I want to do now is go back to that list of courses that Mr. Richmond talked about and go through some of the content a little deeper so you have an idea of what the curriculum will be like. This is a lock step program. A student in the program will have to take each and every one of these courses, these are not a list of electives. You take each and every one of these courses to earn the degree.
The exception would be the first two courses, Introduction to the American Legal System and Health Law. As mentioned, those two courses are only required of the MA students. The LL.M students do not take those courses. So what are these courses about? I just told you about the first one, the health law course really is an introduction to health law. And again, this is a course for students who don’t currently have a JD and it’s supposed to provide them-it’s designed to provide them with an overview through the healthcare system and health law.
The courses that follow that everyone has to take go into greater detail and to particular facets of health law. So the third one of this list, Medicare and Medicaid Law, as the name suggests addresses the two most important government funded healthcare programs in United States. You’ll learn the law governing those programs. Bioethics and the law is a very exciting course that covers all the hot button bioethical issues that are part in parcel of the healthcare industry these days.
Medical issues regarding the ethics of treatment and certain situations, death, dying, abortion, reproductive technologies, genetics, research on human subjects, research on stem cells, organ transplants, all these types of issues are discussed in that particular course. I think you’ll find it a fascinating course. Again, we’re familiar with the debates but to have these issues presented to you by an expert in the field and with the level of information that will be at your disposal in the class, I think you’ll find exhilarating.
The Law of Medical Product, Discovery, Development and Commercialization focuses on how products and drugs and processes in the medical field are discovered, developed and then ultimately commercialized and it also addresses the effect it has on various stakeholders. It talks about the government regulations that attach to the situation. And even how these technologies and products can be marketed on the global stage. Students will learn how lawyers go about negotiating agreements in this context, resolving disputes, how policies made and related issues. So again this is a very business orientated course within the healthcare field.
The next courses as well, Business Transactions is an actual follow up to that course. What it will do is explore the most prevalent kinds of commercial business transactions in the healthcare industry today. The emphasis will be on how these transactions work to build sustainable business combinations, you’ll walk through as a student in this course the fundamental elements of a negotiated acquisition, the due diligence process for example, preliminary negotiations, draft agreements, how transactions are structured, how agreements are finalized and the post-closing relationship. So again, another sort of practical business oriented health law course.
Public Health Law, Policy and Ethics talks about ethics from a public policy perspective. A little different than bio ethics. This class addresses things such as mandatory vaccinations, how to deal with addictions, obesity, hunger, genetic testing, environmental pollution, bioterrorism, natural disasters, access to healthcare, limitations on access to healthcare. How does a nation provide healthcare for those who can’t afford it? That type of thing.
So this is sort of addresses the ethical issues regarding healthcare public policy. Whereas the bioethics classes, if you had to force and divide would I’d say address more of the private patient doctor relationship and the private research. Health law policy and ethics course addresses more the larger issues of how should a government go about taking care of its people. That’s sort of the issue there. And the ethics relating to that.
Understanding Statutes and Regulations is an indispensable course for everyone in the program. The healthcare field is highly regulated. These regulations come in the forms of statutes and regulations. This course will help you develop the expertise needed to interpret, apply and argue those statutes and regulations, argue against them or show how they work in your client’s favor or your industry, your particular company’s favor. So it’s an indispensable course that helps one make more sense of the-helps one develop the art and the science of interpreting rules and regulations.
Representing Healthcare Providers as the name suggests focuses on what it’s like for an attorney to represent a healthcare provider. Now that can be an individual healthcare practitioner, it could be a group, an institution or it can be a large healthcare system. These all have different issues and this course will explore the issues that come up in all those relationships.
Before we get to our very last course, the Capstone is the Healthcare Compliance course. Again, a natural follow up to the understanding statutes and regulations course. Whereas understanding statutes and regulations will help you acquire the skills to interpret statutes and regulations, healthcare compliance helps you hones in on specific statutes and regulations that regulate the healthcare industry. So for example, HIPAA, high tech, data privacy and medical privacy issues. So the actual rules that healthcare professionals need to comply with, this course focuses on those actual rules and regulations, the most common and important ones.
And then finally there’s the Capstone, which I think Mr. Richmond did a fabulous job explaining. It’s an opportunity to take what you’ve learned throughout the program and put it all together, pull it all together in a final product that is relevant to what you’re working on or what you want to work on, where your career is or where you want it to go. So it’s a combination of what you’ve learned with your life’s experience and professional experience to put together that and come up with a final product. That’s a 5-credit 14 semester course. So that’s the rundown of the courses and the program.