From medical malpractice and compliance issues to food and drug regulations, health law is a diverse and rapidly growing field.

Program Overview

As health care continues to evolve and become more complex, the need for lawyers who have the expertise to navigate the intricacies of the system will only increase. This concentration offers a comprehensive foundation in the areas in which health law intersects with business, public policy and a variety of federal regulations concerning the pharmaceutical and biomedical industries.

You’ll examine key topics such as bioethics, public health law, health care fraud and disability law, and you’ll explore methods of dispute resolution used specifically in health care. We also give you the flexibility to chart your own path through the program and select courses that most interest you and that provide the skills to assist the type of clientele you plan to represent.

Since the School of Law shares a campus with our medical, nursing and health sciences schools, you’ll also have opportunities for interprofessional collaboration and access to a wide range of research materials related to the health care industry. And you can write for Quinnipiac’s Health Law Journal, join the Health Law Society and attend our speaker series that invites prominent figures from the health law field to campus. 

Curriculum and Requirements

In order to be eligible for the health law concentration certificate, a student must take both Administrative Law (LAWS 114, 3 credits) and either Business Planning (LAWS 393, 4 credits) or Business Organizations (LAWS 205, 4 credits) as two of the core electives. Credits for these courses will not count toward the 18-credit concentration requirement, but grades will count towards the GPA honors requirement.

In addition, students must take Health Law (LAWS 345, 3 credits). Grades in health law will count toward the 18-credit concentration requirement as well as toward the GPA honors requirement. Health Law is a prerequisite for Advanced Health Law (LAWS 544).

These three courses do not have to be taken prior to taking other courses in the concentration, but it is strongly recommended that Administrative Law and Health Law be taken in a student's second year, if possible.

Course work
In addition to the above requirements, in order to receive the certificate for this concentration, a student must earn 15 health law specialty credits, divided as follows:

A. Core courses
At least 9 credits must be earned from the core health law courses (not all of these courses are offered every year.)

  • Advanced Health Law (2 credits)
  • Antitrust (4 credits)
  • Bioethics (2 or 3 credits)
  • Ethics in Corporate Compliance (2 credits)
  • Federal Regulation of Healthcare/ Fraud and Abuse (2 credits)
  • Food and Drug Law (3 credits)
  • Health Care Antitrust (3 credits)
  • Health Care Business Transactions (3 credits)
  • Health Information Privacy and Security Law (3 credits)
  • Health Care and Hospital Administration (2 credits)
  • Health Care Industry Regulation (3 credits)
  • Intellectual Property (3 credits)
  • Introduction to Dispute Resulution in Health Care (2 or 3 credits)
  • Managed Health Care (2 credits)
  • Medical Malpractice (2 credits)
  • Public Health Law (3 credits)

B. Remaining credits
The remaining credits, if any, may be earned from the core courses above or from the following health-related courses (not all of these courses are offered every year).

  • Accounting for Lawyers (2 credits)
  • Anatomy for Lawyers (2 credits)
  • Animal Law (2 credits)
  • Community Needs Assessment Lab (1, 2 or 3 credits)
  • Corporate Compliance in the Healthcare Industry  (2 or 3 credits) (online)
  • Disability Law (2 credits)
  • Elder Law (2 credits)
  • Environmental Law (3 credits)
  • Family Law (3 credits)
  • Federal Criminal Law (2 credits) (if the student's substantial paper component is health-related)
  • Health Law Journal (3 credits)
  • Health Care Compliance Law (3 credits) (online)
  • Independent Research Project (2-3 credits)
  • International Comparative Health Law (2 credits)
  • Juvenile Law (3 credits)
  • Law, Science and Technology (3 credits)
  • Legal Drafting and Writing (2 or 3 credits)
  • Nonprofit Organizations (2 credits)
  • Poverty Law (2 credits)
  • Products Liability Law (3 credits)
  • Worker's Compensation (2 credits)

C. Clinical requirement
Students must earn at least 3 credits (not including IRC) in clinic (i.e., Civil Justice Clinic, Tax Clinic, Prosecution Appellate Clinic, Defense Appellate Clinic) and/or in a health law externship.

  • Determination of the "health law" status of any given externship will be made by the concentration director and the director of field placement programs.
  • The clinic/externship requirement will be waived only in rare circumstances, and only if the student has substantial health law-related work experience or substantial experience in the health care field. The concentration director will make this determination.
  • If the clinical requirement is waived, the student must earn the 3 credits elsewhere in the concentration.

D. Writing requirement
The substantial paper written to fulfill the advanced writing requirement must be on an approved health law topic. The concentration director must approve the topic, in advance, unless the paper is written in connection with one of the listed "core" courses or for the Quinnipiac Health Law Journal. A paper written for another journal may qualify, if the concentration director approves the topic in advance.

Honors
Students who achieve a GPA of 3.2 or better in the coursework used for the concentration will receive the certificate for the concentration with honors.

Options
A student may designate any course or paper as not counting toward the concentration, as long as it is not required for the concentration and the student meets the concentration requirements with another course or paper.

Waiver of requirements
The concentration director and the associate dean for academic affairs may waive any requirements for the concentration (other than the GPA requirement), if they both agree to do so.

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