Welcome to HS 304: Medical Law and Ethics


Note:This course code has changed from MA 106 to HS 304. You may occasionally see references to the old course code or title.

  1. The student will be able to accurately define, identify, or describe legal, ethical, and moral boundaries pertaining to the provision of healthcare services.
  2. The student will be able to define, identify, and describe criminal and civil law as it applies to the provision of healthcare services.
  3. The student will understand what constitutes malpractice and negligence, including how to minimize the risk and mitigate the consequences of each.
  4. The student will understand the legal requirements associated with the collecting, protecting, and retaining of patient medical information.
  5. Students will learn and demonstrate the analytical skills required to identify and apply relevant law and ethics to actual case scenarios.


This 2-credit course is an introduction to the legal aspects of medical care, including fundamental statues of the common laws that govern the physician-patient relationship, medical ethics, as well as federal and state regulatory agencies. Current issues involving medical ethics are discussed.

Learning Model Architecture

Students will prepare for the weekly activities by completing the chapter readings, including the case studies accompanying them. They will have opportunities to ponder and prove what they have learned by completing various assignments and quizzes. They will teach one another through small group discussions.

You are expected to read the Notes from Instructor each week. Your instructor will post clarifications to the assignment for each week as well as answers to your classmates' questions.



Required Materials

Law & Ethics for Health Professions, 8th Edition. Karen Judson & Carlene Harrison. ISBN: 9781260546095.

The required textbook for this course is a low cost auto access digital textbook. Access the textbook using the link provided in the Textbook Access module of this course. Your student financial account will be charged automatically on the first day of class.

If you do not want to use the digital textbook (perhaps you already purchased the print version of the textbook), you must opt out or you will be charged for the digital textbook.

  1. Learn about Auto Access and learn how to opt out: BYU-I Auto Access.
  2. Go to your Course Materials List to opt-out of Auto Access materials.

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Grading Policies

This course is comprised of readings, activities, case studies, discussion boards, reading quizzes, a midterm exam, and a final exam.

The following list shows the percentage of points needed to get the grade you want:

A 93–100 B- 80–82 D+ 67–69
A- 90–92 C+ 77–79 D 63–66
B+ 87–89 C 73–76 D- 60–62
B 83–86 C- 70–72 F below 60

Online Support Center

Phone: (866) 672-2984 Email: onlinelearning@byui.edu Website: http://www.byui.edu/online/online-support-center Text Messaging: (208) 557-4142. Skype: onlinesupportcenterbyui Live Chat: Available on the Online Support Center Website. Hours of operation can be found on the webiste. 

Help Desk

Phone: (208) 496-9000 Toll-Free Number: 1 (866) 237-5195 Email: helpdesk@byui.edu Website: http://www.byui.edu/help-desk Hours: Monday through Friday, 7 AM to 9 PM and Saturday, 9 AM to 5 PM


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Additional Information

University Policies

Academic honesty is required and any violation with be dealt with according to the University Academic Honesty Policy

Policy on Sexual Discrimination/Harassment

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 prohibits sex discrimination against any participant in an education program or activity that receives federal funds, including Federal loans and grants. Title IX also covers student-to-student sexual harassment. If you encounter unlawful sexual harassment or gender-based discrimination, please contact the Personnel Office at (208) 496-1130.

Reasonable Accommodation for Students with Disabilities

Brigham Young University-Idaho is committed to providing a working and learning atmosphere which reasonably accommodates qualified persons with disabilities. If you have any disability that may impair your ability to complete this course successfully, please contact the Services for Students with Disabilities Office, (208) 496-1158. Reasonable academic accommodations are reviewed for all students who have qualified documented disabilities. Services are coordinated with the student and instructor by this office. If you need assistance or if you feel you have been unlawfully discriminated against on the basis of disability, you may seek resolution through established grievance policy and procedures. You should contact the Personnel Office at (208) 496-1130.

Personal Conduct

All of your correspondence with the teacher or other classmates must be respectful. Writing something disrespectful or “venting” is unprofessional and not becoming of a university student. In addition, it is not in accordance with the Honor Code of BYU-Idaho and you will be subject to discipline accordingly. You are invited to re-read the BYU-I Honor Code and the “Principles of Personal Honor.”