Course Description

410.763 - Legal Aspects of Personalized Medicine

Currently, federal and state laws offer only a patchwork of protection against the misuse of genetic information.  This course will cover a number of key acts of federal legislation which provide the foundation for the protection of medical and genetic information in the United States, including the Privacy Act of 1974 (5 U.S.C. § 552a), the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA) of 1986 (18 U.S.C. §2510-2521, 2701-2710), the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 (42 U.S.C. § 12101 et seq.), and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) of 1996 (42 U.S.C. § 1320d et seq.)  Furthermore, in the absence of uniform federal regulations around genetics privacy and discrimination, many states have established their own regulations, resulting in an uneven landscape of protection.