Explores legal and ethical issues encountered in the provision and delivery of healthcare products and services. Topics explored include, but are not limited to, introduction to healthcare law and ethics, making ethical decisions, contracts, medical records and informed consent, privacy law and HIPAA.
For information regarding prerequisites for this course, please refer to the Academic Course Catalog.
The purpose of this course is to expose the student to a select group of contemporary legal and ethical issues faced by managers in today’s healthcare business environment and to provide the student with the knowledge necessary to recognize legal and ethical problems in that environment. This course also equips the student with the ability to critically analyze and address legal and ethical issues in healthcare delivery and management in accordance with a Christian worldview.
Measurable Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Integrate a biblical worldview when discussing legal and ethical issues related to healthcare.
- Explore legal and ethical issues encountered in the provision and delivery of healthcare products and services.
- Identify the role of ethics in business and clinical decision making.
- Discuss key legal and ethical issues in the provision of healthcare based upon knowledge of current literature and industry best practices.
Textbook readings and lecture presentations
Course Requirements Checklist
After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.
Discussion Board Forums (3)
Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to create a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum. Each thread must be at least 450 words and demonstrate course-related knowledge. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to 2 classmates’ threads. Each reply must be at least 250 words. Each thread and reply must reference at least 2 scholarly sources other than the course textbook and follow current APA format.
Connect Homework (8)
The student will complete homework in Connect. The homework will consist of exercises, problems, and SmartBook/LearnSmart activities.
The student will conduct research to support a paper that focuses on legal, social, ethical, and biblical aspects of professional malpractice in healthcare. The student will report his or her initial research results in an Annotated Bibliography. The Annotated Bibliography must include at least 10 scholarly sources other than the Reading & Study materials and the Bible cited in current APA format. At least 2 of the sources must relate to the student’s particular area of practice in healthcare, and at least 2 of the sources must relate to biblical worldview considerations of the topic.
The student will write a research-based paper in current APA format that focuses on the legal, social, ethical, and biblical aspects of professional malpractice in healthcare. The Research Paper must be at least 1,200 words and include at least 4 references in addition to the Reading & Study materials and the Bible.
The student will complete quizzes in Connect. Each quiz will cover the Reading & Study material for the assigned module/week and the immediately preceding module/week. Each quiz will be open-book/open-notes and contain 20 multiple-choice and true/false questions.