May 21, 2024  
2016-2017 Saint Joseph’s College Online 
2016-2017 Saint Joseph’s College Online [Archived Catalog]

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HA 575 - Ethical and Legal Perspectives

Considers ethical questions involving inpatient care and the management of health care services. A professional ethic is defined through an examination of the relationships between health care providers and patients and the norms appropriate to their respective conduct. Issues relating to clinical ethics, informed consent of the patient, use of life support systems, and care of the profoundly retarded, critically injured, premature infants, and the elderly are discussed from moral, legal, and religious perspectives. Special attention is given to the legal issues inherent in the provision of health care services. Means of anticipating, preventing, or responding to legal issues are considered and the appropriate role of the health care manager in legal matters is examined.

Prerequisites & Notes
HA 525

Assignment Overview

Assignments: 12 weekly assignments

Interactivity: Weekly live session

Course Learning Objectives
Upon completion of this course, you should be able to do the following: 

  • Explain the ethical issues that are inherent in the delivery of health care services. 
  • Discuss the personal values and life experiences of both self and others, and how these values and life experiences may influence the decision-making process within health care organizations. 
  • Describe the role of government and the American legal system in shaping policy and regulations related to the health care industry. 
  • Explain the relationship between the current health care environment, important court decisions, and the legislative process. 
  • Apply ethical models and legal concepts in order to address problems, evaluate complex issues, and develop policy and solutions relevant to professionals in health services administration.

Credits: 3

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