MDU 4031 – Medicine and the Law

Offered: Spring 2018 (Section 5766)
Summer 2018 (Section 735A)
Fall 2018 (Section 1G04)
Credits: 3
Prerequisites: MDU 4003
Syllabus: MDU4031 Spring 2018 Syllabus
Professor: Joseph Thornton, M.D. – Adjunct Assistant Professor; Department of Psychiatry
Course Coordinator: Danielle Cooke, M.S.
Class Assistant: Ryan McCarty, B.S.
Registration: Log into ISIS [Listed under MEDICINE-GENERAL in the undergraduate catalog]
Contact:  Taylor Greene, Academic Assistant II –


Introduction to Medicine and the Law provides students with insight into some of the many interactions between these two professions. This course will be helpful for those pursuing a career in health or law. Online videos are presented by practicing attorneys and physicians. Along with the videos, directed readings give students the opportunity to explore the fields. This course focuses on the United States.


After completing this course, students should be able to:

  • Discuss the interplay between Medicine and the Law in America
  • Understand the Court System of the United States
  • Identify landmark cases and laws in the history of US Medicine

 To start course: This course is now offered in Canvas. In order to access this course, please go to and click “e-learning in Canvas.” Please log in with your Gatorlink and password. Your courses should be listed on the top of the screen when you click on “Courses.”