Hospitals, Health Care Services and Access: Interdisciplinary Course

hospital exteriorThe healthcare services landscape is shifting. Hospitals, which were the foundation of American healthcare, are having to reconfigure their organizations and services.  Satellite offices, acute care locations, and even pharmacies are offering more services to increasingly stratified patient consumers. This interdisciplinary course offers graduate students across the University the opportunity to examine closely the complexity of today's health care services and the necessarily multiple perspectives from which we view, think, and work in healthcare settings. 

Participating Schools/Departments

Organized, coordinated and sponsored by the Law School, the course will be taught by University of Miami professors from the following: 

College of Arts and Sciences:  Geography Department or Anthropology
School of Architecture
School of Business Administration
School of Law
Miller School of Medicine
Department of Public Health Services
School of Nursing and Health Studies
UM Institute of Bioethics and Health Policy

Time and Location

9:00 am to 4:30 pm, Saturdays as indicated below
Law Library, Faculty Meeting Room, 4th floor for all sessions (please note:  the Law Library opens at 8:30 am on Saturdays).

Breakfast and lunch provided
Any UM Coral Gables parking lot may be used on Saturdays, providing the student has a UM parking pass (for any campus).


Download Course Schedule HERE
The course is listed under LAW255, MDR837, BUS698, GEG625, ARC681,  EPH663, NUR697


Download Course Readings HERE


Each Saturday am and pm session will have readings assigned and made available to the students in PDF documents.  Students are expected to read the papers prior to the class.  The final grade will be based on a group presentation (with PowerPoint slides) of a case study.  The course contact will assign students into interdisciplinary groups of approx. 3 students based on the sessions they will be attending. 

Contact Information

For more information on this course, please contact: Hakim Lakhdar, Director of Professional and Intellectual Life Programming at or 305-284-4345.