Introduction

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

Curriculum and Requirements

Health Law Concentration

Requirements

(effective for students entering their second year in Fall 2018 or later):

To be eligible for the Health Law Concentration Certificate, a student must complete 21 credits as described below.

  • Students must take 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 21-credit concentration requirement, but grades will count toward the GPA honors requirement.
  • In addition, students must take Health Law LAWS 345) (3 credits). Credits for Health Law will count toward the 21-credit concentration requirement and grades will count 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.

1. Course Work

In addition to the above requirements, to receive the Certificate for this Concentration, a student must earn 18 health law specialty credits, divided as follows:

Core Health Law Courses:

At least 12 credits must be earned from the Core Health Law courses. (Not all of these courses are offered every year.)

LAWS 320Public Health Law3
LAWS 350Health Care Antitrust3-4
LAWS 352Health Care Business Transactions3
LAWS 409Drug and Device Law2-3
LAWS 539Intro. to Dispute Res. in Healthcare2-3
LAWS 545Healthcare and Hospital Administration2
LAWS 549Bioethics3
LAWS 601Managed Health Care2
LAWS 625Health Information Privacy and Security2-3
LAWS 633Intellectual Property in Health Care2
Non-Core Health Law Courses:

The balance of the credits (to 21), if any, may be earned from the Core Health Law courses above or from the following Non-Core Health Law courses. (Not all of these courses are offered every year.)

LAWS 292Independent Research Project W2
LAWS 293Independent Research Project W3
LAWS 331Intellectual Property3-4
LAWS 340Corp Compliance in Healthcare Industry 13
LAWS 344Law, Science and Technology3
LAWS 349Antitrust3
LAWS 363International Comparative Health Law2
LAWS 370Family Law3
LAWS 373Products Liability3
LAWS 379Environmental Law3
LAWS 384Juvenile Law3
LAWS 388Elder Law2-3
LAWS 413Community Needs Assesment Lab1-3
LAWS 414Food Law2-3
LAWS 450Non-Profit Organizations2
LAWS 457Healthcare Compliance Law 13
LAWS 544Advanced Health Law, SW2
LAWS 587Disability Law2
LAWS 588
& LAWS 589
Health Law Journal I
and Health Law Journal II
3
LAWS 564Poverty Law2
LAWS 604Medical Malpractice2
LAWS 676Anatomy for Lawyers2
1

 Online course.

2. Recommended Client-Based Courses

Students should consider what group(s) of clients they plan to represent in their practice of health law. The following recommendations are intended to assist the students in determining which courses are best suited toward different types of clients. These are only recommendations. Students are free to choose any courses they wish, as long as they take the required concentration courses and achieve the required 21 credits, as described above.

Providers (e.g., hospitals, physician groups, nursing homes)
LAWS 549Bioethics3
LAWS 350Health Care Antitrust3-4
LAWS 625Health Information Privacy and Security2-3
LAWS 539Intro. to Dispute Res. in Healthcare2-3
LAWS 320Public Health Law3
LAWS 545Healthcare and Hospital Administration2
LAWS 676Anatomy for Lawyers2
LAWS 604Medical Malpractice2
LAWS 601Managed Health Care2
LAWS 352Health Care Business Transactions3
LAWS 450Non-Profit Organizations2
LAWS 413Community Needs Assesment Lab1-3
LAWS 457Healthcare Compliance Law3
LAWS 340Corp Compliance in Healthcare Industry3
Business & Governmental Entities (e.g., insurance carriers, pharmaceutical and device manufacturers, biotechnology research/manufacturing entities, regulatory agencies)
LAWS 331Intellectual Property3-4
LAWS 340Corp Compliance in Healthcare Industry3
LAWS 344Law, Science and Technology3
LAWS 350Health Care Antitrust3-4
LAWS 352Health Care Business Transactions3
LAWS 373Products Liability3
LAWS 409Drug and Device Law2-3
LAWS 414Food Law2-3
LAWS 457Healthcare Compliance Law3
LAWS 539Intro. to Dispute Res. in Healthcare2-3
LAWS 601Managed Health Care2
LAWS 625Health Information Privacy and Security2-3
Private Parties (e.g., patients, LLCs, individual practitioners)
LAWS 350Health Care Antitrust3-4
LAWS 370Family Law3
LAWS 373Products Liability3
LAWS 384Juvenile Law3
LAWS 388Elder Law2-3
LAWS 409Drug and Device Law2-3
LAWS 414Food Law2-3
LAWS 549Bioethics3
LAWS 587Disability Law2
LAWS 604Medical Malpractice2
LAWS 676Anatomy for Lawyers2

3. 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.

a. Determination of the “health law” status of any given externship will be made by the concentration director and the director of field placement programs.

b. 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. This determination will be made by the concentration director. A student seeking a waiver from the clinic/externship requirement must apply for the waiver no later than the beginning of the second semester of his/her second year.

c. If the clinical requirement is waived, the student must earn the 3 credits by taking additional courses in the concentration. Any credits earned in such courses will apply to the GPA honors requirement.

4. Writing Requirement

The substantial paper written to fulfill the Advanced Writing Requirement must be on an approved health law topic. The topic must be approved, in advance, by the concentration director 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 topic is approved, in advance, by the concentration director.

5. Honors

Students who achieve a GPA of 3.2 or better in the course work used for the concentration will receive the certificate for the concentration with honors. Grades from all health law courses will be included in the GPA calculation.

6. 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.