Hospitals, Health Care Services and Access: Interdisciplinary Course

The healthcare services landscape is shifting. Hospitals, which were the foundation of American healthcare, have 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 Miami Law, the course will be taught by University of Miami professors from the following Schools/Departments:

School of Education and Human Development
College of Arts and Sciences:  Anthropology Department and Sociology Department
School of Architecture
School of Business Administration
School of Law
Miller School of Medicine
Department of Epidemiology and Public Health
School of Nursing and Health Studies

(Graduate students from any of these schools are permitted to take the course.)

Time and Location

9:00 am to 5 pm, Saturdays as indicated below:
Law Library, Faculty Meeting Room, 4th floor for all sessions (please note:  the Law Library opens at 9 am on Saturdays, students need to arrive at 9 so the class can begin shortly after
Breakfast and lunch provided


Each Saturday a.m. and p.m. session will require assigned readings. Readings are available HERE for download.  Please prepare and print readings before assigned sessions.
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 approximately 3 students based on the sessions they will be attending.

Over the course of the semester, students are required to attend five full day Saturday classes:  The first class on February 6th; three (of five possible) additional Saturday classes; and a final class on April 9th.

Topics and Professors:

February 6:  Opening Session:  (required for all students)
Setting the Stage; Healthcare Services and Access
9:00 am to 5 pm, Law Library, Faculty Meeting Room, 4th floor

Introduction by Dean Patricia White, UM School of Law
President Julio Frenk: Mexico and the U.S.:  Delivering Healthcare in Highly Stratified Societies, Trends and Predictions (9:30 to 10:30)

First Panel:  Healthcare Disparities:  Domestically and Internationally (10:45 to 12:15)
Erin Kobetz:  Sr. Assoc. Dean for Health Disparity, UM Miller School of Medicine
Felicia Knaul:  Professor, Dept. of Public Health Sciences and Director, Miami Institute of the Americas

Second Panel:  How Changes in Healthcare Affect Us in South Florida  (1:30 to 3:30 pm)
Jodi Laurence, moderator:   adjunct at UM Law, partner at Florida Health Law Center
Linda Quick –  President, South Florida Hospital & Healthcare Association
Erin Marcus –  Assoc. Medical Director, UM Institute for Women’s Health, Assoc. Prof. of Clinical
​Marisel Losa, President and CEO, Health Council of South Florida
Steve Falcone, Executive Dean for Clinical Affairs and CEO of the UHealth Clinical
David Zambrana – Chief Executive Officer of the University of Miami Hospital
Ben Riestra – Chief Administrative Officer, Lennar Foundation Medical Center, UHealth, Miller School of Medicine

Assignment of case studies (3:45 to 4:30 pm)

February 13:  Health Care for Whom?
Morning Session:  The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act:  Introduction to Purposes, Core Provisions and Analytical Approaches
Professor Fran Hill, Professor of Law and Dean's Distinguished Scholar for the Profession
Morning Session Materials
Afternoon Session:  Access and Outcomes: Populations Left Out Of Care and Medical-Legal Partnerships
Professor JoNel Newman, Professor of Clinical Legal Education & Director, Health Rights Clinic
Melissa Swain, Associate Director & Clinical Instructor, Health Rights Clinic
Afternoon Session Materials

Feb. 20:  Challenges for the Traditional Hospital:  Access for All
Morning Session: The Role of Nursing in 21st Century Health Care
Professor Doris Ugarizza  (Nursing):  The Role of Nursing in 21st Century Health Care
Morning Session Materials
Afternoon Session: Race, Ethnicity, Culture and Health Care
Professor Laura Kohn-Wood,  Chair and Associate Professor, Department of Educational and Psychological Studies
Afternoon Session Materials

Feb. 27:  The Environment of Health Care: Economic, Social and Built
(Both Sessions will be presented with one case study)
Morning Session: The Hospital Building as an Institution
Professor Steven Ullmann (Business): Professor and Chair, Department of Health Sector Management and Policy; and Director, Center for Health Sector Management and Policy, School of Business Administration
Morning Session Materials
Afternoon Session: Health Care in a High-Tech World:  Economic and Social Implications
Professor Joanna Lombard (Architecture):  The Hospital Building as an Institution
Afternoon Session Materials

March 19:   Patients:  How Do They Obtain Care
Morning Session: Leveraging Community Health Workers to Enhance Access to Hospitals
Professor Alberto Caban-Martinez,  Assistant Professor, Department of Public Health Sciences, Miller School of Medicine
Morning Session Materials
Afternoon Session: How to Achieve the “Triple Aim” of Healthcare:  Access, Quality and Low Cost
Dr. Olveen Carrasquillo, Chief, Division of General Internal Medicine, Dept. of General Medicine 
Afternoon Session Materials 

March 26:  Hospitals and Services in Global and Local Settings
Morning Session: Hospital Ethnography
Professor Louis Marcelin (Anthropology):  Hospital Ethnography
Morning Session Materials
Afternoon Session: The Community and Access to Care
Professor Crystal Adams (Sociology):  Community Organizations and Access to Care
Afternoon Session Materials 

April 9:  Final Case Study Presentations (required for all students)

Contact Information

For more information on this course, please contact: Sandy Abraham, Executive Liaison for Interdisciplinary Programs and Initiatives,

The course is listed under LAW255, MDR837, APY612, EPH684, BUS698 and NUR697.