Miami Law The Idea of the Hospital: An Interdisciplinary Inquiry

The Idea of the Hospital: An Interdisciplinary Inquiry

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Spanning seven distinct disciplines across the University of Miami, this truly interdisciplinary course gives students an exclusive opportunity to study the multiple perspectives within which we view, think, and work in hospitals. Based on the unique vision of the Vice Dean of the School of Law, Patrick Gudridge, we believe this course to be the first of its kind.

Course Specifics

  • This is a unique, interdisciplinary graduate level course.
  • Seven full-day/eight-hour Saturday classes ("modules") will be offered in the Spring 2013 semester.
  • Students are required to attend the first and last sessions, on February 2nd and April 13th, and must then select 3 more full-day Saturdays (out of 5 possible choices) to attend.
  • All lectures will be given at the School of Law in the Faculty Meeting Room, located on the 4th floor of the law library.
  • Students will be evaluated based upon their analysis of a case study, which they will present in teams on April 13th. Students will be assigned to interdisciplinary groups and to case study topics at the beginning of the semester.
  • Students should first register for this course through their own departments and should then visit the Interdisciplinary Course website to rank their 5 preferred class sessions.
  • After registration, the course administrators will contact the students with assigned class dates and information on how to access course materials.

Modules (listed lecture topics are subject to change)

*PLEASE NOTE: Post registration you can rank the modules you wish to attend in order of your preference by clicking here.*

February 2:

  • Required first day, featuring: President Shalala and Dr. David Lubarsky

February 9:

  • Dr. D. Birnbach (Miller School of Medicine): Patient Safety
  • Professor J. Lombard (School of Architecture): Hospital/Health Care Design and Community

February 23:

  • Dr. J. Kornfeld and Dr. E. Kobetz (Epidemiology and Public Health): Community Access to the Hospital: Engaging Communities to Ensure Equitable Access
  • Dr. J. Trybulski and Dr. T. Ambrosia (School of Nursing and Health Studies): An Exploration of the Role of Nursing in the Age of Health Care Reform

March 2:

  • Professor V. Omachonu (College of Engineering): Quality: Improving Stakeholder Experience in Hospitals
  • Dr. L. Gardner and Dr. M. Vigoda (Miller School of Medicine): Accountable Care Organizations & Electronic Medical Records

March 23:

  • Dr. J. Lord (Chief Operating Officer, UHealth & Miller School of Medicine): Entreprenurism for Health Care Leaders: Issues and Possibilities
  • Professor M. Coombs (School of Law) and Professor K. Goodman (UM Ethics Programs): Law and Ethics in the Hospital

March 30:

  • Dr. S. Ullmann (School of Business Administration): Hospital Financing: Incentive Models and Management
  • Professor JoNel Newman and Professor Melissa Swain (School of Law, Health and Elder Law Clinic): Topic TBA regarding Medical-Legal Partnerships

April 13:

  • Required final class, case study presentations.

*PLEASE NOTE: Post registration you can rank the modules you wish to attend in order of your preference by clicking here.*


Please reference the list below to find the registration number for your specific School/Department:

Architecture: ARC581
Business Administration, Graduate: BUS698
Epidemiology and Public Health: EPH584
Law: LAW255A
Medicine: MDR837
Nursing and Health Studies: NUR594

If you are from the College of Engineering, please contact your registrar regarding your course registration number.

*PLEASE NOTE: Post registration you can rank the modules you wish to attend in order of your preference by clicking here.*


This interdisciplinary course is taught by UM professors from:

School of Architecture

School of Business Administration

College of Engineeering

School of Law

Miller School of Medicine

Department of Epidemiology and Public Health

School of Nursing & Health Studies