Concentration Courses

Concentration Requirements and Electives

Health Law, Bioethics & Human Rights concentrators must complete a minimum of 16 concentration credits.  The following courses are required:

Health Law, Bioethics & Human Rights Required Courses Cr. Semester
LW751 Public Health Law 4 Fall
LW850 Legal Strategies to Reduce Health Risks 4 Spring
Additional Concentration-Approved Courses 8

The remaining 8 concentration credits are fulfilled through completion of any of the HLBHR courses listed below.

Additional Courses that Count towards the HLBHR Concentration Cr. Semesters
LW709 Health Care Rationing: Medicine, Markets and Morals 2 Summer
LW725 Ethical Issues in Medicine and Public Health 4 Fall
LW739 Jewish Bioethics 4 Spring
LW740 Health and Human Rights 4 Fall
LW999 Research with Human Subjects: Fundamental Legal and Ethical Principles
(Prereq: LW707 or LW719, LW751 or JD867)
2 Fall
LW800 Genetics, Law and Public Health (Prereq: LW707 or LW719, LW751 or JD867) 4 Summer
LW830/JD992 Health Insurance, Health Reform and the Law (Prereq: LW751 or JD867)
Taught at the Boston University School of Law, Charles River Campus
4 Spring
LW840 Health Law, Bioethics and Human Rights (Prereq: LW751 or JD867) 4 Spring
LW854 Mental Health Law and Ethics (Prereq: LW751 or JD867) 4 Spring
LW951 Directed Studies in Health Law, Bioethics & Human Rights Variable
LW952 Directed Research in Health Law, Bioethics & Human Rights Variable

Health Law, Bioethics & Human Rights Areas of Emphasis

BIOETHICS

The Bioethics emphasis will primarily involve the study of ethical dilemmas in the U.S. healthcare system, especially those in research, involuntary treatment, abortion and new reproductive technologies, death and dying, and ethics committees. At the completion of the Bioethics emphasis, students will be able to:

  • Describe the foundational philosophical arguments, theories and empirical assumptions of bioethics
  • Identify how the institutions and structures of healthcare and public health affect the ethical dimensions of practice
  • Identify the nature and scope of moral dilemmas in public health, medicine, and health care
  • Distinguish ethical, legal and human rights approaches to health problems
  • Identify bioethics literature relevant to public health and health care
  • Translate bioethical principles into public policy
  • Present well-reasoned oral and written arguments on the application of bioethical principles to further public health
Bioethics emphasis: take LW751, LW850 and: Cr. Semester
LW725: Ethical Issues in Medicine and Public Health 4 Fall
LW840: Health Law, Bioethics and Human Rights 4 Spring

HUMAN RIGHTS

The Human Rights emphasis will focus on applying health law, especially the international human rights treaties, to global health problems, including the right to health, genetic research, pandemic planning, bioterrorism threats, multinational corporations and NGOs and their human rights obligations, as well as the international health organizations, such as the WHO, and their roles in promoting and protecting public health. At the completion of the Human Rights emphasis, students will be able to:

  • Describe the relationship between human rights and health
  • Identify the principles articulated in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the International Conventions on Human Rights and other relevant foundational documents related to health and human rights
  • Identify violations of human rights
  • Analyze how human rights violations affect the health of communities and individuals
  • Describe the roles of Non-Governmental Organizations and intergovernmental agencies in promoting human rights and health
  • Develop strategies to respect, protect and fulfill human rights
  • Incorporate  strategies to respect, protect and fulfill human rights when planning public health programs
  • Present well-reasoned oral and written arguments on the application of human rights principles to further public health
Human Rights emphasis: take LW751, LW850 and: Cr. Semester
LW740: Health and Human Rights 4 Fall
LW840: Health Law, Bioethics and Human Rights 4 Spring

Consult with your faculty advisor early in your course of study about pursuing an area of emphasis.  S/he will help you identify out-of-the-classroom opportunities, practicum, and culminating experience option that match your area of interest, enhance your learning, and give you a “leg up” on your career path.