TABLE OF CONTENTS
The Health Law & Policy Institute
at the University of Houston Law Center 2
Houston: A Nexus for Health Care Delivery 4
Institute Programs 6
Student Activities 8
Course Offerings 10
Health Law Areas of
Concentration and Practice 14
Advisory Board 24
THIS IS AN EXCITING TIME TO STUDY HEALTH LAW AND POLICY. No fewer than four major challenges confront us. First is the challenge of resource allocation: constructing laws to
provide different groups of people appropriate access to life-enhancing and life-prolonging treatment, while at the same time encouraging behaviors that promote health.
Second is the challenge of quality control: reliance on our tort, insurance, and licensure systems has still left disturbing rates of error in the provision of medical services.
How do those systems in fact operate? What do theory and experience, both domestic and international, suggest would improve them? Third is the challenge of global
interdependence: our health is not merely a factor of our genetics, our own behaviors, or our own interactions with medical providers but is also the product of complex
interdependencies in our social environment. How does the law, with its historic focus on the individual and its dependence on national sovereignty, promote health in