Health Care Law – SPHA 562

Health care professionals and administrators alike benefit from an understanding of the Canadian legal system as it relates to clinical practice and policy making.

SPHA 562 (MHA Year Two) will provide students with an introduction to health care law by offering an overview of federal and provincial acts and regulations. Current legal issues pertinent to healthcare administrators, researchers, and policy makers will be used to develop critical reasoning and analytical skills.

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Instructor Profile

Mary Anne Bobinski

Mary Anne Bobinski

B.A. State Univ. of New York at Buffalo 1982; J.D. State Univ. of New York at Buffalo 1987; LL.M. Harvard Law School 1989; Ph.D. coursework in Policy Studies, State University of New York at Buffalo (1983-87).

Mary Anne Bobinski is a Professor at the Allard School of Law, where she served as Dean from 2003 to 2015. Before joining UBC, she was the John and Rebecca Moores Professor of Law and Director of the Health Law and Policy Institute at the University of Houston Law Center. Professor Bobinski’s research and teaching interests include torts, health law, health care finance, bioethics, legal aspects of HIV infection, and reproductive health law issues. She is a co-author of Health Care Law & Ethics (Wolters Kluwer) and the co-­author/co-editor of a two volume book series on medical ethics. Professor Bobinski has also published a number of law review articles and book chapters on health law topics. She is a past President and Board member of the American Society of Law, Medicine and Ethics and a past member of the Canadian Public Health Officer’s Ethics Advisory Committee. She has served as a visiting scholar at the Petrie-­Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics at Harvard Law School, the University of Sydney Law School, the Melbourne Law School and the Faculty of Law at Oxford University, where she also held a Plumer Visiting Research Fellowship at St. Anne’s College.  Professor Bobinski is currently working on a new edition of Health Care Law & Ethics (Wolters Kluwer) and a research project focused on the contested nature of the physician-patient relationship, with a particular focus on legal responses to conflicting values or norms.