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Spring 2019

Course Description
The healthcare services landscape is shifting. Hospitals, which were the foundation of American healthcare, are having to reconfigure their organizations and services. Satellite offices, acute care locations, and even pharmacies are offering more services to increasingly stratified patient consumers. This interdisciplinary course offers graduate students across the University the opportunity to examine closely the complexity of today's health care services and the necessarily multiple perspectives from which we view, think, and work in healthcare settings.

Over the course of the semester, students are required to attend six full day Saturday classes: The first class on January 26, , three (of five possible) additional Saturday classes (Feb. 02, Feb. 9, Feb. 16, Feb. 23, Mar 02); and two final classes on March 23 and March 30).
Time and Location: 9:00 am to 4:30 pm, Saturdays as indicated below
Law Library, Faculty Meeting Room, 4th floor for all sessions. (please note: the Law Library opens at 8:30 am on Saturdays).

Breakfast and lunch provided.
If you have a parking tag for any UM lot, you will be able to park in any Coral Gables campus lot (incuding purple) on Saturdays. Please let me know if you do not have a UM parking tag and need to park on campus.
Assignments: Each Saturday am and pm session will have readings assigned and made available to the students in PDF documents. Students are expected to read the papers prior to the class. The final grade will be based on a group presentation (with PowerPoint slides) of a case study. The course contact will assign students into interdisciplinary groups of approx. 3 students based on the sessions they will be attending.
Dates, Topics and Professors:
January 26: Opening Session: (required for all students)
Setting the Stage; Healthcare Services and Access
9:00 am to 4:00 pm, Law Library, Faculty Meeting Room, 4th floor
President Julio Frenk: Mexico and the U.S.: Delivering Health Care in Highly Stratified Societies, Trends and Predictions (9:30 to 10:30)
Movie and Class Discussion: (10:45 to 12:15 p.m.)

Power to Heal: a documentary describing how the implementation of Medicare was used to mount a momentous effort to desegregate hospitals

Dean Laura Kohn-Wood, School of Education and Human Development will lead a class discussion afterward

Lunch: 12:15 to 1:00 p.m.

Presentation of several projects/studies related to health care disparities and access (1:00 to 3:30 pm):

Assignment of case studies (3:30 to 4:00 pm)
Questions and Wrap-Up

February 02: Health Care for Whom?
Professor Fran Hill, Professor of Law and Dean's Distinguished Scholar for the Profession

The Patient Protection And Affordable Care Act: Introduction to Purposes, Core Provisions and Analytical Approaches based on Where We Are Today
Professor JoNel Newman, Professor of Clinical Legal Education & Director, Health Rights Clinic
Melissa Swain, Associate Director & Clinical Instructor, Health Rights Clinic

Access and Outcomes: Populations Left Out Of Care and Medical-Legal Partnerships

Feb. 9: Hospitals and Services in Global and Local Settings

Professor Louis Herns Marcelin, Professor, Anthropology, College of Arts and Sciences

Hospital Ethnography

Professor Justin Stoler, Associate Professor, Geography, College of Arts and Sciences

How does a geographic approach help us maximize access to health care?

Feb. 16: The Challenges Faced by Hospitals


The Ethics of Health Care
Professor Ken Goodman, Professor, Institute of Bioethics and Health Policy

The Role of Nursing in the 21st Century

Professor Joseph DeSantis, Professor, School of Nursing

Feb. 23: The Environment of Health Care: Economic, Social and Built


Professor Steven Ullmann, Professor and Chair, Department of Health Sector Management and Policy; and Director, Center for Health Sector Management and Policy, School of Business Administration

Health Care in a High-Tech World: Economic and Social Implications
Professor Joanna Lombard, Professor School of Architecture

The Hospital Building as an Institution

March 02: Patients: How Do They Obtain Care

Dr. Ana Palacio, M.D., M.P.H., Department of Public Health Sciences, Miller School of Medicine

Big Data and Population Health Approaches to Improve Quality of Care


Dr. Olveen Carrasquillo, Chief, Division of General Internal Medicine, Dept. of General Medicine

How to Achieve The “Triple Aim” of Healthcare: Access, Quality and Low Cost

March 23: Final Case Study Presentations (required for all students)
March 30: Final Case Study Presentations (required for all students)

Course Schedule

Course Frequency
Occasional course offering

Course Information

Credits: 3
Pass/Fail Option: Yes
Grading: Graded
Method of Evaluation:
Graduation Requirements Fulfilled By Course:
Special Attributes: None
Course Delivery:

Special Restrictions:
Law Track(s):
Health & Medical - Basic
Bar Subject(s): None
Concentration(s): None
Course Book(s): TBD/None      
First Class Assignment(s): TBD/None



Contact Information:
Phone: (305)284-1376