Current Issues in Health Law I (Spring Term)
This is a year-long, two-semester course that begins in the fall and ends in the spring. No credit will be awarded unless both semesters are completed. Students will receive a grade of “I” (incomplete) at the conclusion of the fall semester. Once students have completed the course in the spring, they will receive a grade for the spring and the grade for the fall will be changed to the same grade as was issued for the spring. However, in the event that a student does not complete the spring semester, the student shall receive an appropriate grade for the course (i.e., either a "U" or a "W"), for both the fall and spring semesters. In the event that the student drops the certificate program and drops the course in the spring, both the spring course and the fall course will be removed from their record. The student may be subject to late drop fees for dropping the fall semester offering of the course.
In addition, the course introduces students to the variety of settings in which lawyers are involved in health law and the range of kinds of clients they represent. Classes will be taught by leading experts in the fields of health management and health law practicing in Pittsburgh and elsewhere.
There is no book for the course, but students are required to purchase a subscription to a weekday national newspaper such as the Wall Street Journal or New York Times, or to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette or Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. The grade is based on 9 letters to the editor (maximum length of 250 words) that students write on some current issue in health law or policy
Letters to the editor (100%). Students are required to read one book (there are two to choose from) in the fall semester on the history of health care in the U.S. and another in the spring semester on current health care reform efforts in the U.S.Â In the fall, students will write a 3 page prospectus, based on the book they read, of how they plan to relate this book to health care reform. In the spring, students will write a 10 page paper expanding on the prospectus and the relationship between health care reform and the history of the U.S. health care system
Enrollment in Health Law Certificate Program is required.