Course Description

In two interconnected units, this course surveys the leadership skills and legal knowledge necessary to navigate the complexities of the health care industry at the highest levels. In the first unit, Prof. Useem focuses on concepts, experience, and skills analysis necessary to develop and synthesize a personal and organizational leadership strategy. In the second unit, Dean Ruger surveys the legal regimes that govern medical care in the United States, including the types of health law formation (cases, statutes, administrative regulations) and the multiple federal, state, and local institutions involved in the creation and application of the law. Throughout, you will reflect on your learning, test your knowledge with quizzes, and apply what you have learned to cases.

Key Topics
  • Making a difference with leadership
  • Thinking and acting strategically
  • Creating a high-performance architecture¬†
  • Legal structures, treatment relationship, and duty to provide care
  • Consent, confidentiality, and quality
  • Federal Government involvement in health law and policy
  • Intersection of leadership and law

Video segment from Leadership and Legal Issues in Health Care with Ted Ruger, JD and Mike Useem, PhD.

Learning Objectives

After completing this course, you will be able to:

  • Explain how leadership can affect organizational performance and culture.
  • Develop a plan for leading through a crisis.
  • Assess the strengths, challenges, and areas for improvement in your own leadership and that of others.
  • Create a leadership strategy that is personalized to you and your professional setting
  • Differentiate among the building blocks of health law, including cases, statutes, and regulations.
  • Describe the roles of state, federal, and local authority in the creation and implementation of health law in the United States.
  • Summarize legal doctrines related to the duty to provide care, informed consent, confidentiality and privacy, and medical quality control.
  • Evaluate legal structures, policy documents, and individual case events in terms of their implications for health law.