Law & Public Health Practice

  • European Master in Health Economics and Management
Course unit code
  • IHSM-EU-HEM-M3.1
Level of course unit
  • Master
Semester when the course unit is delivered
  • 3
Number of ECTS credits allocated
  • 5.0
Name of lecturer(s)
  • Vuillemin Anne, PhD
  • FH-Prof. Dr. Frischhut Markus, LL.M.
  • Dr. Estèves Natacha
Learning outcomes of the course unit
  • Students will be aware of the significance and possible implica-tions of the EU’s values (general as well as health related ones) and the ‘corner-stone’ of human dignity in some selected fields of public health.
    Students will be able to identify possible challenges in the field of Assisted Reproductive Technologies (ART) including surrogacy.
    Students will be familiar with the EU’s acquis on communicable disease control (CDC), both in general, as well as with regard to the EU’s values.
    Students can reflect the significance of human dignity and the other EU values in the field of new technologies and digitalization.
    Students understand current public health challenges related to the Sustainable Development Goals. Students are able to develop possible health related interventions to address some of these challenges from an international development perspective, especially by applying the project planning logic of a Logical Framework.
Mode of delivery
  • -
Prerequisites and co-requisites
  • none
Course contents
  • EU institutions, decision making, sources etc
    How to solve (health related) cases in the context of the funda-mental freedoms
    Cross-border healthcare vs. medical tourism
    Patient Rights
    Assisted reproductive technologies (ART), including surrogacy
    Stem cell patentability
    Communicable diseases
    Knowledge into action I: the role of evidence in policy
    Knowledge into action II: the role of people, networks and inter-ests in policy
    Micro-level decision-making: the case of rationing in the UK NHS
    The case of technology adoption
    Focus on the Public-Private Partnerships framework as one of the legal tools to provide services of general interest
    Analysis of nonprofit organizations in the EU and US legal context
    Analysis of EU law and of some of the ECJ decisions

    - Understand Public Health intervention examples in the Global South and their importance for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG)
    - Understand the overall logic of a logframe and how it helps to plan projects
    - Being able to prepare an own logframe on a health-related project addressing SDG 3
    - Understand importance and methods for stakeholder and local people's involvement in projects
    - Understanding the need for good indicators to monitor projects
Recommended or required reading
  • Frischhut M. (2017). What one should know about the European Union (EU). A quick introduction to EU law (4th edition). Wien: NWV; or equivalent book, especially if it is more comprehensive / detailed.

    Frischhut, M. (2017). Legal and Ethical Issues of Cross-Border Reproductive Care from an EU Perspective: Chapter 17. In M. K. Smith & L. Puczkó (Eds.), The Routledge Handbook of Health Tourism (pp. 203-218). London, New York: Taylor & Francis.

    Frischhut, M., & Greer, S. L. (2017). EU public health law and policy - communicable diseases. In T. K. Hervey, C. Young, & L. E. Bishop (Eds.), Research Handbook on EU Health Law and Policy (pp. 315-346). Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing.

    Frischhut, M. (2021). Communicable and Other Infectious Diseases: The EU Perspective. In T. K. Hervey & D. Orentlicher (Eds.), Oxford handbooks. The Oxford Handbook of Comparative Health Law (pp. 77-96). Oxford University Press.

    Tallacchini, M. (2017). Medical Technologies and EU Law: The Evolution of Regulatory Approaches and Governance. In M. Cremona (Ed.), New technologies and EU law (pp. 9-37). Oxford: Oxford University Press (GBP).

    Schmidt H., Lawrence O.G., Ezekiel J.E. (2015): Public health, universal health coverage, and Sustainable Development Goals: can they co-exist?, The Lancet, p. 1-3

    Binns C, Lee M.K., Low W.Y., Zerfas A. (2017): The role of public health nutrition in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals in the Asia Pacific Region, Asia Pacific Journal of Public Health, Vol. 29(7), p. 617-624

    Jensen, G. (2013) The Logical Framework Approach: How To Guide. BOND:

    Video on "How to Develop a Logical Framework (Logframe)": => watch the video before the first session!

    See also the other documents on Sakai
Planned learning activities and teaching methods
  • The course comprises an interactive mix of lectures, discussions and individual and group work.
Assessment methods and criteria
  • To monitor the students’ learning this course will provide ongoing assignments as a basis for feedback and grading (formative assessment) and/or will evaluate the students learning at the end of the course or an instructional unit via exams, final project reports, essays or seminar papers (summative assessment).
Language of instruction
  • English