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About Study Course

Department: Department of Public Health and Epidemiology
Credit points / ECTS:2 / 3
Course supervisor:Anita Villeruša
Study type:Full time
Course level:Master's
Target audience:Public Health
Branch of science:Medicine; Public Health


The studies of medical law offers to take a look at the medical rights, their origin and application. Course includes overview of international and national medical legal systems, including medical legal systems of the Latvia and the European Union. During the course students are creating a deeper understanding of the medical law, the scope of its principles, their origin, impact on health care, and the role of medical law in international and national law. With the participation in the lectures and writing own-initiative reports, students are involved in up-to-date medical law problems for the purpose of exploring and finding solutions.


Theory of law, health care organization, public health, ethics.

Learning outcomes


Student will know to: find way around medical law regulatory enactments; speak about the place and role of medical law in the legal system, describe development of the medical law and link it with other branches of legal science; list of basic principles of patients’ rights; present and describe legal principles of the health care organization and the right to health care, the rights of health care workers, regulation of certain areas by medical law.


Students will be able to: identify the relevant regulatory enactments to solve certain legal problems in the area of the medical law; discuss different court judgements in medicine and health care and in argued manner expressing their views.


Being able to offer solutions of actual medical rights and medical ethics issues and reasonably justify the solutions.

Study course planning

Planning period:Year 2021, Autumn semester
Study programmeStudy semesterProgram levelStudy course categoryLecturersSchedule
Public Health, SVFM3Master’sLimited choice