Health Law, Policy, and Advocacy

Course 4 of 8: Healthcare Administration 5 Weeks 5–10 hours per week recommended

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About this course

This course is part of the Healthcare Administration MicroMasters program which consists of 7 courses and a capstone exam. After completing the program, you can also apply to Doane University to complete your MBA online for approximately $10,500 (learn more about the program here).

To be an effective agent of change, a healthcare administrator must have a foundational understanding of healthcare advocacy, law, and regulatory issues, as well as compliance. This course will focus on a wide range of important issues in health law, health policy and the factors at play when developing a strategic advocacy platform such as bioethics and informed consent. At the conclusion of this course, learners will be able to identify health policies that promote quality, advocacy and system change within a healthcare organization.

What you’ll learn

  • Discuss health law
  • Explain physician-patient relations within a legal context
  • Interpret laws that shape access to health care
  • Explore informed consent for medical treatment
  • Evaluate medical malpractice suits within healthcare systems
  • Inspect the utilization of bioethics in healthcare
  • Describe methods for advocating in healthcare systems.
  • Identify culturally competent advocacy strategies
  • Assess a health policy change that promotes quality, advocacy and system change.


  • Bachelor’s degree or
  • Minimum 5 years work experience in a healthcare related field
  • Basic understanding of economics and finance

Who can take this course?

Unfortunately, learners from one or more of the following countries or regions will not be able to register for this course: Iran, Cuba and the Crimea region of Ukraine. While edX has sought licenses from the U.S. Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) to offer our courses to learners in these countries and regions, the licenses we have received are not broad enough to allow us to offer this course in all locations. EdX truly regrets that U.S. sanctions prevent us from offering all of our courses to everyone, no matter where they live.

Meet Your Instructors

Alice Kindschuh

DNP, APRN-CNS, CNE at Doane University
Dr. Alice Kindschuh is a Board Certified Gerontological Clinical Nurse Specialist and is licensed as an Advanced Practice Nurse in Nebraska. Prior nursing experiences include staff nurse and nurse manager in acute, long term, and ambulatory care. She has served as a faculty member in ADN, BSN, and MSN programs prior to coming to Nebraska Methodist College. Dr. Kindschuh is a full time faculty member at Nebraska Methodist College, serving as the Director of Doctoral Studies. She is active in several professional groups and boards including Nebraska Nurse's Association, National Gerontological Nursing Association, Sigma Theta Tau, Midwest Nursing Research Society, and the Nebraska Advanced Nursing Practice Board. Areas of Expertise: higher education geriatrics population health

Susan Sapp

JD at Doane University
Susan Sapp has a general civil trial practice which includes labor and employment issues, medical and legal malpractice defense and insurance defense. She represents school districts, hospitals, doctors, employers and insurance companies in all aspects of legal representation. She also handles all aspects of adoption proceedings. In addition, Susan serves as mediator in personal injury and employment cases. Susan is admitted to practice law in Nebraska, Iowa, the United States District Court for the District of Nebraska, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit.

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Doane University

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