Course Descriptions

MLAW 1020 (3 credits) - Legal Research Methods and Reasoning

The law is never static. Students will learn to review and apply newly issued laws or legal decisions in day-to-day activities. This course will enable students to find the law, to read and understand legal statutes and regulations, and to understand the analytic process lawmakers and lawyers use.

MLAW 1031 (3 credits) - Administrative Law

This course explores the role of administrative law in labor and employment. Students will review the sources of law for employers and management. In doing so, they will chart the overlapping and sometimes conflicting roles of federal and state legal regulation and study the implications and effects of the various types of laws that govern employment: administrative agency regulations, constitutional provisions, statutes, and court decisions.

MLAW 1032 (2 credits) - Federal Privacy Law

The privacy rights of individuals in all aspects of daily life have been of great concern over the last few years. The Federal government is heavily involved in crafting laws and regulations to protect an individual’s private information collected in a variety of contexts from being accessed and then used. This course will look at the three such federal laws and accompanying regulations: HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act); FERPA (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act) and the Federal Privacy Act. The course is designed to introduce the students to the specifics of each of these federal privacy laws and to get the students to critically read and analyze and write about the issues presented by these statutes through a series of written exercises.

MHL 1040 (2 credits) - Legal Perspectives on Health Care Ethics

This course examines how the law has affected health care ethics by exploring the principles of ethics for health care providers; the ways in which these ethical principles are reflected in the law; and the legal, ethical, and policy aspects of issues affecting health care providers. Students will analyze situations arising in the health care context and will consider issues relating to both individual and institutional health care providers' ethics.

MHL 1050 (2 credits) - Law of Medicare & Medicaid

This course focuses on the legal structure of two federal governmental programs enacted in 1965 when Congress expanded the Social Security Act. To enhance their understanding of these complex programs, students will examine the legal fundamentals of these programs (program purposes; populations served; eligibility requirements; program limitations; the scope of covered benefits; and reimbursable services) through the relevant federal statutes and case law interpretation.

MLAW 1065 (2 credits) - Survey of Tort and Contract Law

This course provides a detailed introduction to the legal principles and major concepts of tort and contract law. The class will focus on general liability, disputes in the employment context, construction and breach of contractual obligations.

MHL 1070 (2 credits) - Legal Regulation of the Workplace

The law regulates the workplace with regard to both intangible and physical conditions. For example, laws prohibiting discrimination against and among employees regulate working conditions in one sense. The government also regulates physical occupational health and safety through the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, 29 U.S.C. 651 (OSHA). This course will examine both the regulations governing prevention of and notice to employees about worker safety and the law of employment discrimination in the health care setting.

MHL 1080 (2 credits) - Law of Patients' Rights and Advocacy

Over the last century, the law governing medicine has seen a shift from paternalism to respect for patients as the decisionmakers. Beginning with the development of the bedrock legal principles of informed consent, this course will examine the legal aspects of patients' rights movements and will trace the status of patients' legal abilities to control their treatment. Part of the course will be devoted to the existence of, substance of, and reasons for patients' rights statutes specific to hospital and nursing home settings.

MHL 1090 (2 credits) - Law of Accreditation & Licensing

This course provides a detailed examination of the legal aspects of two credentialing concepts, namely accreditation and licensure, in both the individual health care practitioner setting and the institutional setting. Students will examine the primary goal of these concepts (i.e., protecting the public), how accreditation differs from licensure, and how they interrelate.

MHL 2010 (2 credits) - Regulatory Compliance in the Health Care Industry

This course will follow up on the course on Medicare and Medicaid, exploring in more depth the steps health care institutions and individual health care practitioners can take to protect themselves against severe legal penalty in the areas of potential Medicare and Medicaid fraud and abuse and anti-kickback liability.

MHL 2021 (2 credits) - Pharmaceutical Law

This course is designed to provide an understanding of the pharmaceutical industry and the role of the various stakeholders involved. Topics will touch upon the legal, regulatory, policy, business, scientific and ethical issues related. A selection of topics will be discussed and may include the drug discovery process, drug promotion, drug distribution from manufacture through dispensing, insurance and reimbursement, controlled substances, negligence and malpractice, licensing and certification, health informatics, antitrust, and intellectual property rights . Government agencies including the FDA, CMS, DEA, and State Licensing Boards will be discussed throughout the course.

MHL 2030 (2 credits) - Law of Risk Management

This course focuses on the legal importance of risk management programs for health care institutions. In doing so, it examines the keys to organizing and implementing successful risk management programs. It also focuses on considerations for developing effective risk management programs, evaluating them, and addressing specific risk areas, including those arising in managed care and integrated health care delivery systems.

MLAW 2030 (2 credits) - Preventing Workplace Harassment

This course will discuss Title VII anti-discrimination law and how courts attribute liability for harassment to employers.  The course will focus on regulations, strategies, policies and procedures that are designed to prevent harassment or limit the liability of an employer for an employee’s or customer’s harassing conduct.

MLAW 2040 (2 credits) - Hiring, Firing, Promoting and Evaluating Employees

This course will detail the laws that regulate how employees should be hired, fired, promoted, disciplined and evaluated.  The course will explore the steps an employer should take to avoid allegations of discrimination during the hiring, firing or disciplinary process.

MHL 2040 (2 credits) - Health Care as an Employee Benefit

This course focuses on the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA) and also covers various other federal laws, including tax and employment discrimination laws, as they relate to employment-based health benefit plans. The course provides information on the rights – and limits on rights – of patients to obtain payment for health care from health benefit plans regulated by federal law and the scope of the liability of such plans to pay for care provided to or recommended for plan participants. The course also offers an understanding of the structure of employment-based health care financing as part of the context within which to consider alternative approaches to reform of the U.S. health care delivery system.  Students will study (1) various forms of health benefit plans, (2) coverage requirements imposed on health plans, (3) procedural requirements imposed on plan administrators, (4) civil enforcement of rights of plan participants, and (5) ERISA preemption of state law

MHL 2050 (2 credits) - Business Organizations in Health Care

The sheer variety of health care organizations that exist today is overwhelming. In this course, students will examine the legal considerations underlying the structure, function, and transactions among various forms of health care organizations.

MLAW 2050 (2 credits) - Trends in Employee Relations Law

This course will examine the nature of employee relations. It will also examine the role and function of unions and collective bargaining, labor negotiations, employee discipline subject to a labor agreement, labor stoppages and free speech issues relating to unions. Students will build upon their knowledge of contract law as they study the complex nature of legal relationships in the business setting

MLAW 2055 (2 credits) - Immigration and Naturalization Concerns in Employment

The course is designed to introduce students to the complex area of immigration and nationality law relating to employment.  The course will focus on the Immigration and Reform and Control Act, as amended by the Immigration and Nationality Act.  Students will learn about steps employers should take to comply with nationality verification laws, and which persons may or may not work for U.S. businesses.

MLAW 2060 (2 credits) - Law Regulating Wages and Hours

This course will explore the federal wage and hours standards regulated under the Fair Labor Standards Act.  The course will focus on which employees are covered by the law and the minimal standards regarding wages, overtime pay and child labor.

MLAW 2070 (2 credits) - Labor Law: Laws Regulating Unions and Management

The course will introduce students to basic labor law principles.  It will focus on how a collective bargaining unit can be established, what constitutes an unfair labor practice, and the rules regulating the collective bargaining process.  Students will learn some of the basic rules employers must follow when employees are trying to start a union, what they must do when a union has been established, and what is required to bargain in good faith.

MHL 2070 (2 credits) - Legal Issues in Health Care Human Resources

This course examines legal issues relevant to the management of employees within health care organizations. The specific areas examined include: (1) the legal impact of changes in health care on the management of health care organizations, including the need to control health care usage and costs, corporate health care fragility, mergers, and acquisitions; and (2) in the context of that background, the basics of health care employment law, including employment discrimination issues, unionization, permissible bargaining units, concerns about strikes, and managed care considerations.

MLAW 2090 (2 credits) - Dealing with Whistleblowers and Preventing Retaliation

This course will discuss the law regarding the protection of employees who report violations of an employer or claim discrimination in the workplace.  The course will detail the whistleblower protections allowed under federal law, and the potential liability for retaliating against an employee who seeks redress for discrimination.

MLAW 3010 (2 credits) - Alternative Dispute Resolution

This course will be a skill-based course merging legal issues in employment with practical skills of negotiation and dispute resolution. Students will be paired together to work through hypothetical situations that require cooperative efforts to reach common ground on divisive issues. Students will provide reflective analysis on the challenges encountered in their exercises and provide written feedback to the instructor on insights gained through the negotiation process.

MLAW 3020 (3 credits) - Individual Research Project Seminar Part 1

This is the capstone course for the M.S. Education Law, Health Law and Employment Law programs. In the foundation phase of the student’s individual research project (IRP), each student will identify a final research thesis that they will then develop over the course of the next two semesters. Students select and hone their individual research topics with direct collaboration of their faculty advisor and expert consultant. Successful completion of this component of the IRP course requires: timely completion of the IRP topic summary, the IRP topic outline (at least 5 pages in length), timely submission of all discussion board topics, timely completion of all quiz assignments, participation in in scheduled live classroom discussions, and submission of the first rough draft (at least 20 pages in length). All first year courses and 12 credits of electives must be successfully completed.

MLAW 3021 (3 credits) - Individual Research Project Seminar Part 2

In the second phase of the capstone course for the M.S. Education Law, Health Law and Employment Law Programs, students continue to build on the foundation of their research and writing. Students continue to work with their faculty director, expert consultant, and student colleagues. Students will receive comprehensive feedback on their rough draft. Students will incorporate suggested changes and continue to develop their individual research projects. Successful completion of the course requires timely submission of a final written IRP product of publishable quality and an oral presentation on the research thesis by the student to classmates, faculty, and industry consultants during the residential institute. Students must complete all coursework for Part 1 of the IRP course with a passing grade as a prerequisite for Part 2 of this course. All first year courses and 12 credits of electives must be successfully completed.

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