Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

Course Number:
HIM 121
Course Title:
Legal and Ethical Aspects of Healthcare
Credit Hours:
3
Lecture Hours:
30
Lecture/Lab Hours:
0
Lab Hours:
0
Special Fee:
 

Course Description

Provides an overview of the legal system and the legal principles that govern the delivery of healthcare. Covers patient confidentiality and the disclosure of patient information. Includes codes of ethics and bioethical issues facing today's healthcare professionals. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes for the course

Upon completion of the course students should be able to:

  1. Apply healthcare legal terminology.

  2. Identify the use of legal documents.

  3. Apply legal concepts and principles to the practice of health information management.

  4. Apply policies and procedures surrounding issues of access and disclosure of protected health information.

  5. Evaluate the consequences of a breach of healthcare ethics.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

Students will demonstrate these learning outcomes by these tasks conducted individually and in cooperation with other students: 

  1. Answering theoretical and application questions on information covered in the lecture, graded assignments and reading assignments.

  2. Determining how to handle case studies on patient confidentiality and release of patient information.

  3. Locating and reporting on current legal issues in the delivery of healthcare.