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Fall 2020
5359 Health Industry Basics: Providers-Innovators-Regulators - KOCH- 20149

Professor(s): Valerie Koch (FACULTY)

Credits: 3

Course Areas: Health Law 

Time: 9:00a-10:30a  MW  Location:  

Course Outline: This core health law course is an introductory tour of Texas/federal laws governing health-sector businesses, which together account for 18% U.S. Gross Domestic Product. The course covers traditional 20th-century institutions such as hospitals, but the main focus is on the expanding array of new players that supply innovative products and services (clinical laboratories; biobanks; academic medical centers, which conduct research as well as providing patient care; contract research organizations; health data exchanges; and management and informational services). These latter entities are a vibrant and growing part of the health industry and students entering the health law workforce of today need to know the laws that affect them and the unresolved policy issues they raise. This year’s course will include multiple visits from, and opportunities for students to have close interactions with, practicing attorneys—UH Law Center alums—who work in major area academic medical centers. They will guide students in practical problem-solving discussions of real-world legal issues related to the substantive law topics covered in the course and offer insights on how to get and build a career working for or representing academic medical centers as clients.

Course Syllabus: Syllabus

Course Notes:   Grades will be based on an in-class, open book/open notes 70-minute-long midterm that counts for 50% of your grade, and a take-home final (which you check out from the library during the finals period on a day of your choosing) that counts for the other 50%. The midterm will be held on a date, during weeks 6-8 of the semester, to be chosen in consultation with the class. Since it is a graded assignment, students with bona fide conflicts or illness can work with Office for Student Services to reschedule, just as you could do with a final exam.

No casebook. All course materials will be available on the UH Electronic Blackboard.


First Day Assignments:

Final Exam Schedule: 12/16 9am - noon     

This course will have:

Satisfies Skills Course Requirement: No
Satisfies Senior Upper Level Writing Requirement: No

Experiential Course Type: No

Bar Course: No

DistanceEd ABA 306:

Pass-Fail Student Election: