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Lois L. Shepherd

Professor
Unit: School of Medicine
Department: PBHS Public Health Sciences Admin
Office location and address
101 Hospital Dr
Charlottesville, Virginia 22903
Education
J.D., Yale Law School, 1987
B.A., University of North Carolina, 1984
Biography

Lois Shepherd is an expert in the fields of health law and bioethics. Her primary appointment is in the medical school’s Center for Biomedical Ethics and Humanities where she directs the center’s programs in medicine and law. She teaches courses in health care law and ethics at both the law school and the medical school.

After receiving her law degree from Yale University, where she
served as a senior editor of the Yale Law Journal, Shepherd
practiced corporate law for six years with the Charlotte, N.C.,
firm of Robinson, Bradshaw & Hinson, P.A. She began her academic career in 1993 at the Florida State University College of Law. Prior to joining the UVA faculty, Shepherd was the Florida Bar Health Law Section Professor and D’Alemberte Professor of Law at Florida State.

Within the field of bioethics and law, Shepherd’s current
scholarly and teaching interests are focused on legal and ethical issues at the end of life and in human subject research.


PHSE 5700: Bioethics Internship Seminar: Health Policy & Administration
Credits: 3
Provides students with experience in discerning & analyzing ethical issues pertaining to institutional policies & operations as they arise in healthcare settings. Each student spends several hours a week in an administrative sector of the UVA Health System (same setting throughout the semester) under the mentorship of an administrator engaged in that setting. Focuses on the students' observations and analyses of ethical issues that arise.
PHSE 5960: Supervised Independent Research
Credits: 1–3
Independent research for undergraduate students enrolled in the BA/BS/MPH 5 year program or other programs that may be related to Public Health or Ethics.
HHE 5960: Supervised Independent Research
Credits: 1–6
Students will work on a supervised independent research project related to the area of study or expertise with a member of the HHE faculty.
PHS 7052: Money, Medicine, & Morals: How Should Healthcare Businesses Behave?
Credits: 3
Should a hospital apologize for a doctor's mistake? What should a fertility clinic do with abandoned embryos? Can a pharmaceutical company be justified in quadrupling the price of a drug? In this course you will learn the values, norms, & methods that guide responsible decision-making in the business of heathcare & put that knowledge to use analyzing, critiquing, & debating various practical solutions to some current challenges.
PHS 7500: Special Topics in Public Health
Credits: 1–4
Examination of topical issues and current problems and research in various areas of public health. Prerequisite:  Instructor permission.
PHSE 7728: Reproductive Ethics & Law
Credits: 1
The course will examine ethical & legal issues related to reproduction. While some historical coverage will take place, primary emphasis will be on current topics, such as abortion regulation, coerced medical interventions, conscientious provider accommodations, state ultrasound legislation, prenatal genetic testing, the pregnant woman in research, & regulation of the fertility industry.
LAW 7728: Reproductive Ethics and Law (SC)
Credits: 1
This course will combine law students and fourth-year medical students to examine ethical and legal issues related to reproduction.
HHE 7728: Reproductive Ethics & Law
Credits: 1
The course will examine ethical & legal issues related to reproduction. While some historical coverage will take place, primary emphasis will be on current topics, such as abortion regulation, coerced medical interventions, conscientous provider accommodations, state ultrasound legislation, prenatal genetic testing, the pregnant woman in research, & regulation of the fertility industry.
LAW 7755: Law of Human Experimentation (SC)
Credits: 1
This course covers topics in the ethics and law of human subjects research, including the regulatory framework for protection of human subjects; requirements of informed consent; questions of access to experimental therapies; compensation, recruiting, and advertising for subjects; and ownership and privacy interests in biological specimens and genetic information.
LAW 7786: Current Topics in Law, Medicine, and Society (SC)
Credits: 1
This discussion-based course will examine in depth a number of current topics in law, medicine, and society, such as organ transplantation, recent human research scandals, vaccination policy, unilateral treatment withdrawal, and posthumous reproduction. Topics vary year to year.
LAW 8804: FT Externship: Directed Study
Credits: 3
This directed study is one part of a two-part full-time externship combining academic study and work experience under the supervision of a faculty member and an educational, charitable, governmental or nonprofit host organization.
LAW 8810: Directed Research
Credits: 1
Eligible students receive credit for serving as research assistants supervised by selected law school faculty members.
LAW 8811: Independent Research
Credits: 1
This course is a semester-long independent research project resulting in a substantial research paper supervised and graded by a selected law school faculty member.
LAW 8812: Independent Research
Credits: 2
This course is a semester-long independent research project resulting in a substantial research paper supervised and graded by a selected law school faculty member
LAW 8814: Independent Research (YR)
This course is the first semester of a yearlong independent research project resulting in a substantial research paper supervised and graded by a selected law school faculty member.
LAW 8815: Independent Research (YR)
Credits: 2
This course is the second semester of a yearlong independent research project resulting in a substantial research paper supervised and graded by a selected law school faculty member.
PHSE 8960: Supervised Independent Research
Credits: 1–6
Student will work on a supervised independent research project related to the their area of study or expertise with a member of the PHS faculty.
HHE 8960: Supervised Independent Research
Credits: 1–6
Students will work on a supervised independent research project related to the area of study or expertise with a member of the HHE faculty.
LAW 9089: Seminar in Ethical Values (YR)
This is the first semester of a yearlong seminar designed to enhance students' understanding of ethical issues and address the broader ethical and moral responsibilities of the lawyer as citizen and leader.
LAW 9090: Seminar in Ethical Values (YR)
Credits: 1
This is the second semester of a yearlong seminar designed to enhance students' understanding of ethical issues and address the broader ethical and moral responsibilities of the lawyer as citizen and leader.
LAW 9232: Bioethics and the Law Seminar
Credits: 3
This course explores the intersection among medicine, technology and the law. Topics may include human reproduction and birth, human genetics and the privacy and ownership of genetic information, death and dying, research involving human subjects, organ transplantation, and public health and bioterrorism. Prerequiste: Equivalent to LAW 7008
LAW 9236: Bioethics And Law Internship Seminar: Health Policy & Administration
Credits: 3
The course enables students to spend time in administrative settings within the UVA Medical Center as "participant-observers," in order to gain first-hand experience of the subject matter that is the focus of the theory, teaching, and practice of ethics, law, and health policy in relation to the organization and operation of healthcare institutions.