Course Description


Margo Kaplan

Limited enrollment = 12

This class will explore the interplay between health law and policy and social, economic, and cultural health drivers. We will analyze the basic structure of the health care system and the laws and policies that define it, including “Obamacare,” the private and public insurance systems, and patient protections such as informed consent requirements and anti-discrimination laws. Special attention will be paid to how these policies interact with factors such as race, socio-economic status, and gender to influence the health of different communities. While the course will primarily address U.S. law, we will also touch on international and comparative law approaches.  Students will explore the topics using in- class exercises, group projects, and other interactive approaches. The course will have no exam, and grades will be based on oral presentations, class participation, and a final written project.

Please note that this course is cross-registered between the law school and the Rutgers' Department of Public Policy and Administration. It will meet in the law school and follow the law school's academic calendar (with the first class on 1/14). The course does not have a final exam, but will require a final research paper in accordance with the law school's WI policy.

Please email Professor Kaplan with any questions: