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Health Communication Law


Cottier B.

Course director


The course will present the background, the objectives and the real impact of most legal norms (and leading judicial decisions) relevant to health communication. Starting with fundamental principles like freedom of expression, protection of privacy or the right to information, it will then deal with more specific topics like advertising for medicaments and medical services, medical confidentiality or the informed consent of the patient. As modern communication does not stop at national borders and as regulations change more and more quickly, the relevant rules will not be described and discussed from a purely legalistic perspective (as would be the case with lawyers), but from an international and dynamic one, with a focus on current and future Swiss and EU regulations.


The students will be aware of the most relevant legal norms pertaining to the fields of health communication.

Teaching mode

In presence

Learning methods

Ex-cathedra courses and case studies

Examination information

One single exam (100% of the grade) at the end of the course. Open book. Practical cases.

Required material 
No required readings