Health Law

John Thomas speaks to a group of students
From managed care, medical malpractice, licensing and food and drug law, to contract development and regulatory compliance, the health law field is fast moving and full of variety.

In this rigorous concentration--one of six concentrations at Quinnipiac University School of Law--you will develop an extensive understanding of the growing role of the law and lawyers in the ever-changing landscape of health care.

The Quinnipiac University School of Law offers a wealth of resources in this area: the Health Law Journal, the Center for Health Law and Policy, a dynamic Health Law Society, a health law speaker series and more.

And, because Quinnipiac University offers degress in medicine, nursing and the allied health professions, the libraries provide a wealth of specialized journals and other research resources.

Together with Quinnipiac's School of Business, the School of Law also offers a combined JD/MBA in health care management, as well as a graduate-level Health Care Compliance certificate, the first university-based program in the country to train health care compliance officers.

Requirements + Courses

Concentration Prerequisites
In order to be eligible for the Health Law concentration, you must take both Administrative Law and Business Organizations as two of your core electives. Credits for these courses do not count toward the 15-credit concentration requirement, but grades in these prerequisites do count toward the GPA honors requirement.

Concentration Requirements
In order to receive the certificate for this concentration, you must earn 15 health law specialty credits, divided as follows:

    • Course Work:
      • Core Courses
        At least six credits must be earned from the following list of core health law courses. (Not all of these courses are offered every year)
        • Bioethics (2-3)
        • Healthcare Antitrust (3)
        • Healthcare Business Transactions (3)
        • Hospital Administration (2)
        • Law & Medicine (2-3)
        • Law & Medicine (Advanced) (2)
        • Law & Psychiatry (2-3)
        • Managed Health Care (2)
        • Torts (Advanced) - Medical Malpractice Litigation (2-3)
        • Food and Drug Law (regulatory) (2)
      • Remaining Credits
        The balance of the credits (to 15), if any, may be earned from the core courses above or from the following health-related courses:
        • Alternative Medicine & the Law (2)
        • Antitrust (3)
        • Disability Law (2)
        • Elder Law (2)
        • Federal Criminal Law (2-3), if your final project is health-related
        • Health Law Journal (4)
        • Juvenile Law (2), if your final project is health-related
        • Non-Profit Organizations (2)
        • Regulated Industries (2-3)
        • Workers' Compensation (2-3)
        • Independent Research Project (2-3)
        • Other courses if approved in advance of registration

    • Clinical Requirement
      At least 3 credits (not including IRC) in Health Law Clinic and/or in a health-law externship.
      • Determination of "health-law" status of any given externship will be made by the concentration director and the director of field placement programs.
      • Clinical requirement may be waived if the student has substantial health-law work experience. This determination will be made by the concentration director.
      • If the clinical requirement is waived, the student must earn the 3 credits elsewhere within the concentration.

  • 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 by the director of the Center for Health Law & Policy 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 a journal may qualify, if the topic is approved by the concentration director.

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.

You may designate any course or paper as not counting towards the concentration, so long as it is not required for the concentration, and you meet the concentration requirements with another course or paper.

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.

Contact Information
For specific information on the program offerings, please contact:

Professor W. John Thomas
Quinnipiac University School of Law
275 Mount Carmel Avenue
Hamden, CT, 06518
Telephone: 203-582-3264
Fax: 203-582-3244