In recent decades, both the body of law and the body of ethics have recognized the ascendancy of the principle of patient autonomy.  But how should we navigate conflicts between this principle and other imperatives, such as patient welfare, within the limits of the healthcare system?  How should the increasingly complex and specialized healthcare professions be regulated?  With more physicians engaging in the sphere of biomedical research involving humans (or their personal or clinical information), what conflicts and confusion might arise, and how may such interactions be best managed? The increasing prominence of such questions and the growth of the health care and biotechnology sectors demand professionals educated for new complexities in the organization and delivery of research and healthcare.

The Master of Laws in Medical Ethics and Law curriculum confronts basic topics in medical law and ethics, encompassing concerns of growing importance in the health professions, law and business—ranging from consent to confidentiality, from research best practices to ethics at the end of life and from best practice standards to the nuances of medical negligence.  In an ever-evolving global community, this curriculum offers lawyers, social scientists, policymakers and healthcare professionals a guide to the fundamental ethical, legal and social issues influencing the delivery of healthcare.

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