The Heath Law pathway prepares students with the knowledge, skills and values required by the contemporary health lawyer. Our health care electives and experiential learning opportunities promote understanding of how law works in diverse health care settings and its role in health and access to health care. This pathway prepares students for successful careers as problem-solving lawyers with a particular expertise in health law.
Students will have the opportunity to learn about the inter-disciplinary nature of the field and to work with faculty from FIU’s medical, nursing and public health faculties in addition to the law faculty. Whether or not a student has a specific health law career goal, this pathway will enable the students to develop competencies that are important in a wide range of health law settings, as well as in other legal fields.
There are a number of courses devoted to subjects within the broad area of Health Law as well courses to help you prepare to take the bar examination. Students who want to pursue legal practice in this area should consider the courses below. Other courses, besides those listed, are offered under the FIU College of Law curriculum.
Please view the Schedule of Classes to determine which courses will be offered during the current school year.
Foundation Courses related to this pathway include: Constitutional Law.
LAW 6720 Health Law (2-3). This is a study of numerous topics, including national health care programs, health care financing, reimbursement, licensing and accreditation, hospital organization, physician and patient autonomy, antitrust law, quality of care and medical malpractice, and ethical issues related to availability of health care and services.
LAW 6520 Administrative Law (2-3). This is an introduction to the laws controlling executive branch agencies of government. Major topics include delegation of power to agencies, modes of agency action, control of agencies by the legislative branch, control by the judicial branch, and public access and influence.
LAW 6080 Insurance Law (2-3). The course deals with: the making, administration and interpretation of insurance contracts; governmental (including judicial) regulation of insurance; common insurance contract provisions; subrogation; excess liability of insurers; and property, life and liability insurance policies and problems.
Medical Malpractice Law
LAW 6725 Medical Malpractice Law (2–3). Medical Malpractice Law examines legal claims that may be brought against physicians, hospitals, and other allied health professionals and organizations, as a result of the provision of medical and/or health services, or as a result of relationships with medical and health services providers. The course will examine the duties of care imposed by law on medical and health care providers, legal remedies for breach of the standards of medical care, defenses to legal claims, and medical ethics. Recommended but not required as a prerequisite: Evidence Law.
LAW 6717 Elder Law (2-3). This course covers such areas as income tax provisions of special interest to senior citizens, Social Security, pension plan distributions, Medicare and Medicaid coverage, long-term care and nursing home admission, powers-of-attorney regarding health care proxies and financial/legal matters, guardianship, and ethical considerations in advising elderly clients. The emphasis is on understanding federal statutory provisions that affect the care, comfort, and financial security of persons as they live longer, to permit informed advising and sensitive planning.
Elizabeth Price Foley, Professor of Law