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Legal and Ethical Issues for Health Professionals

  • CG
  • Section 8WK
  • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020
  • Modified 07/28/2020

Contact Information

See detailed faculty information in Blackboard.

Course Description

An examination of contemporary legal and ethical issues encountered by health professionals in the provision and delivery of healthcare products and services. Topics explored include, but are not limited to, patient-caregiver relationships, high-tech medicine, regulatory compliance, healthcare ethics, criminal aspects of healthcare, corporate structure, patient rights, medical records, and disclosure of patient information in healthcare.



BUSI 511


The purpose of this course is to expose the student to a select group of contemporary legal and ethical issues faced by healthcare professionals in today’s environment and to provide the student with the knowledge necessary to recognize legal and ethical problems in the management and provision of healthcare services and interaction with patients. This course endeavors to equip the student with the ability to critically analyze and address legal and ethical issues in the healthcare environment in accordance with a Christian worldview.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Integrate a biblical worldview when evaluating legal and ethical issues related to healthcare.
  2. Defend how the law protects patient rights and regulates patient-provider relationships, confidentiality, information management, medical malpractice, and other key areas related to the delivery of healthcare services.
  3. Evaluate the role of ethics in business and clinical decision making.
  4. Assess key legal and ethical issues in the provision of healthcare based upon knowledge of current literature and industry best practices.

Course Resources

Required Resource Purchases

Collins, F. S. (2006). The language of God: A scientist presents evidence for belief. New York, NY: Free Press. ISBN: 9781416542742.

Libety Univeristy Custom: Pozgar, G. D. (2019). NVPMD: Legal aspects of health care administration. 13E-Liberty Custom. Burlington, MA: Jones & Bartlett. ISBN: 9781284170931.

This is a Premier Access edition, custom-designed for this course. You must purchase this ISBN/access to reach the course content and assignments.

Disclaimer: The above resources provide information consistent with the latest research regarding the subject area. Liberty University does not necessarily endorse specific personal, religious, philosophical, or political positions found in these resources.

Recommended Resource

American Psychological Association. Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed.). Washington, DC: Author.

Additional Materials for Learning

    1. Computer with basic audio/video output equipment
    2. Internet access (broadband recommended)
    3. Blackboard recommended browsers
    4. Microsoft Office
    5. The Holy Bible

Course Assignments

Textbook readings and lecture presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forums (3)

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to create a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum. Each thread must be at least 1,000 words and demonstrate course-related knowledge and research. Each initial thread must be submitted through both the corresponding SafeAssign link and the Blackboard discussion board link. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to 2 other classmates’ threads. Each reply must be at least 450 words. Each thread and each reply must be supported by at least 1 scriptural reference and at least 3 scholarly references other than the textbook. For Discussion Board Forum 3, the student must use at least 4 scholarly references in both the thread and reply. Current APA format must be used for citations.

Homework (8)

The student will complete homework assignments each module/week in the Navigate 2 system that supports the course textbook. Assignments for each given module/week are located in the respective weekly folder in the Navigate 2 system. Navigate 2 will be accessed through the Jones and Bartlett website. A link to the Jones and Bartlett website is located on Blackboard in each module/week's assignments folder.

Annotated Bibliography

The student will complete a research paper in this course. As a building block for the final research paper, the student will complete an annotated bibliography that describes at least 10 scholarly references the student has reviewed. Current APA format must be used.

Research Paper

The student will write a research-based paper in current APA format that focuses on malpractice litigation and alternative dispute resolution in healthcare. The paper must be at least 1,500 words and include at least 5 scholarly references in addition to the course textbooks and the Bible.

Quizzes (3)

Each quiz will cover the Reading & Study material for the assigned modules/weeks. Each quiz will be open-book/open-notes, contain 20 multiple-choice and true/false questions, and have a 30-minute time limit. These quizzes will be completed in the Navigate 2 system that supports the course text. Navagate 2 will be accessed through the Jones and Bartlett website.  A link to the Jones and Bartlett website is located on Blackboard in each module/week's assignments folder.

Course Grading

Course Requirements Checklist


Discussion Board Forums (3 at 125 pts ea)


     Threads (3 at 75 pts ea)


     Replies (3 at 50 pts ea)


Homework (8 at 25 pts ea)


Annotated Bibliography


Research Paper


Quizzes (3 at 60 pts ea)





Course Policies


For timed quizzes/tests/exams, the student is required to complete the quiz/test/exam within the assigned time. For the student who exceeds this time limit, a penalty of 1 point will be deducted for each minute, or part thereof, he/she exceeds the assigned time limit.


Late Assignment Policy

Course Assignments, including discussion boards, exams, and other graded assignments, should be submitted on time.

If the student is unable to complete an assignment on time, then he or she must contact the instructor immediately by email.

Assignments that are submitted after the due date without prior approval from the instructor will receive the following deductions:

  1. Late assignments submitted within one week after the due date will receive up to a 10% deduction.
  2. Assignments submitted more than one week and less than 2 weeks late will receive up to a 20% deduction.
  3. Assignments submitted two weeks late or after the final date of the course will not be accepted outside of special circumstances (e.g. death in the family, significant personal health issues), which will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the instructor.
  4. Group projects, including group discussion board threads and/or replies, and assignments will not be accepted after the due date outside of special circumstances (e.g. death in the family, significant personal health issues), which will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the instructor.

Disability Assistance

Students with a disability and those with medical conditions associated with pregnancy may contact Liberty University’s Online Office of Disability Accommodation Support (ODAS) at [email protected] for accommodations.  Such accommodations require appropriate documentation of your condition.   For more information about ODAS and the accommodations process, including how to request an accommodation, please visit Requests for accommodations not related to disabilities or pregnancy must be directed to the Registrar’s Office, which generally handles medical needs support.

If you have a complaint related to disability discrimination or an accommodation that was not provided, you may contact ODAS or the Office of Equity and Compliance by phone at (434) 592-4999 or by email at [email protected].  Click to see a full copy of Liberty’s Discrimination, Harassment, and Sexual Misconduct Policy or the Student Disability Grievance Policy and Procedures.

Course Attendance

In an effort to comply with U.S. Department of Education policies, attendance is measured by physical class attendance or any submission of a required assignment within the enrollment dates of the course (such as examinations, written papers or projects, any discussion board posts, etc.) or initiating any communication with one’s professor regarding an academic subject. More information regarding the attendance policy can be found in the Academic Course Catalogs. Regular attendance in online courses is expected throughout the length of the term. Students who do not attend within the first week of a sub-term by submitting a required academic assignment (such as the Course Requirements Checklist, an examination, written paper or project, discussion board post, or other academic activity) will be dropped from the course. Students who wish to re-engage in the course are encouraged to contact Academic Advising to discuss their enrollment options. Students who begin an online course, but at some point in the semester cease attending, and do not provide official notification to withdraw, will be assigned a grade of “FN” (Failure for Non-Attendance). Students wishing to withdraw from courses after the official start date should familiarize themselves with the withdrawal policy.

Grading Scale

A- B+ B B- C+ C C- D+ D D- F
940-1010 920-939 900-919 860-899 840-859 820-839 780-819 760-779 740-759 700-739 680-699 679 and below

For courses with a Pass/NP final grade, please refer to the Course Grading section of this syllabus for the assignment requirements and/or point value required to earn a Passing final grade.

Add/Drop Policy

The full policy statement and procedures are published in the Policy Directory.

Honor Code

Liberty University comprises a network of students, Alumni, faculty, staff and supporters that together form a Christian community based upon the truth of the Bible. This truth defines our foundational principles, from our Doctrinal Statement to the Code of Honor. These principles irrevocably align Liberty University’s operational procedures with the long tradition of university culture, which remains distinctively Christian, designed to preserve and advance truth. Our desire is to create a safe, comfortable environment within our community of learning, and we extend our academic and spiritual resources to all of our students with the goal of fostering academic maturity, spiritual growth and character development.

Communities are predicated on shared values and goals. The Code of Honor, an expression of the values from which our Doctrinal Statement was born, defines the fundamental principles by which our community exists. At the core of this code lie two essential concepts: a belief in the significance of all individuals, and a reliance on the existence of objective truth.

While we acknowledge that some may disagree with various elements of the Code of Honor, we maintain the expectation that our students will commit to respect and uphold the Code while enrolled at Liberty University.

Adherence to the principles and concepts established within facilitates the success of our students and strengthens the Liberty community.

The Code of Honor can be viewed in its entirety at


BUSI 506

Textbooks:  Collins, The Language of God: A Scientist Presents Evidence for Belief (2006).

                    Pozgar, Legal Aspects of Health Care Administration (2019).


Reading & Study




Collins: chs. 1–2, Appendix

Pozgar: ch. 15

1 presentation

Course Requirements Checklist

 Class Introductions

DB Forum 1 Thread

Homework 1






Pozgar: chs. 2, 18

1 presentation

DB Forum 1 Replies

Homework 2




Pozgar: chs. 3, 4, 6

1 presentation

2 websites

Homework 3

Annotated Bibliography

Quiz 1





Pozgar: chs. 5, 8

2 presentations

DB Forum 2 Thread

Homework 4




Pozgar: ch. 9

1 presentation

DB Forum 2 Replies

Homework 5

Quiz 2





Pozgar: Selected Readings

1 presentation

DB Forum 3 Thread

Homework 6




Pozgar: ch. 14

1 presentation

Homework 7

Research Paper




Pozgar: chs. 19, 20

2 presentations

DB Forum 3 Replies

Homework 8

Quiz 3






DB = Discussion Board

NOTE: Each course week begins on Monday morning at 12:00 a.m. (ET) and ends on Sunday night at 11:59 p.m. (ET).  The final week ends at 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Friday.