Deadline: January 15, 2016

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Cross-registration is available for "Health Law, Policy, and Bioethics," a new course being offered as part of the HMS Master’s program in bioethics. A course description is provided below. Interested students should send a 1 paragraph statement of interest to by Friday, January 15. We will accept up to 5 students from HLS and HSPH. Students should be aware that they may be responsible for paying a copyright fee of approximately $100 in lieu of purchasing course books/materials. 

Health Law, Policy, and Bioethics 

Spring 2016 – Wednesdays, 4:30-7:30pm 

HMS Building – TMEC 340 

Instructors: Holly Fernandez Lynch (Executive Director, Petrie-Flom Center, HLS) and Aaron Kesselheim (Associate Professor, Harvard Medical School; faculty member, BWH)

This course is an introduction to legal topics in health policy and bioethics. It requires no experience in law, beginning with a brief primer on American law and how it works. Topics covered will include legal aspects of the doctor-patient relationship, medical malpractice, privacy issues, health care finance, end-of-life issues, organ donation, disability, mental health, public health, medical product regulation, food regulation, and intellectual property. The course will not cover issues in reproductive ethics or human subjects research regulation, as those are part of other courses in the Masters of Bioethics program. Students will be evaluated via class participation and written work. The reading load will be moderate to heavy. Sessions will be a mix of lecture and seminar-style, with occasional guest speakers.

bioethics biotechnology disability doctor-patient relationship end-of-life food health care finance health law policy holly fernandez lynch human tissue intellectual property medical malpractice mental health opportunity public health regulation