Graduate Catalog


The provision of health care services is one of the most regulated industries in the United States. As the law and health care delivery become more interconnected, it is essential for those in the industry to keep pace with the significant changes in health law and their impact on the health care system. A strong background in health regulation is therefore becoming increasingly relevant to both clinical practice and to organizational management. Completion of this course will provide a basic understanding of such legal issues as civil liabilities including medical malpractice, professional fees splitting, self-referrals, and licensing, administrative and corporate law/governance pertaining to health services. Appropriate health administration requires not only understanding of applicable laws and regulations, but of the distinct ethical and social issues presented by the provision of healthcare services. Administrators, health professionals, patients and even communities as a whole are stakeholders in the ethical provision of health services. Qualified administrators and managers therefore are able to competently focus not only on the legal and business aspects of their field, but also on the social and behavioral aspects of the health administration from an ethical standpoint. This course therefore provides a practical and applicable framework to analyze the many complex issues and competing interests that arise in the modern healthcare industry.