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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 (for those entering 2L year Fall 2015)

These requirements are effective for students entering their second year in the Fall Semester of 2015.

  • In order to be eligible for the Health Law Concentration Certificate, a student must take both Administrative Law (LAWS 114) (3 credits) and 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 towards 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.

Coursework

In addition to the above requirements, in order to receive the Certificate for this Concentration, a student must earn fifteen (15) Health Law Specialty Credits, divided as follows:

A. Core Courses
At least nine (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)
  • Healthcare and Hospital Administration (2 credits)
  • Healthcare Industry Regulation (3 credits)
  • Intellectual Property (3 credits)
  • Introduction to Dispute Resulution in Healthcare (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 credit)
  • Corporate Compliance in the Healthcare Industry  (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)
  • Healthcare 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)
  • Non-Profit 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 three (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 healthcare field.  The concentration director will make this determination.
  • If the clinical requirement is waived, the student must earn the three 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.

Requirements (for those who began 2L year Fall 2014 and earlier)

These requirements are effective for students entering their second year in the Fall Semester of 2014 and earlier.

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.

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

Course Work

A. 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 credits)
  • Federal Regulation of Healthcare/Fraud and Abuse (3 credits)
  • Food and Drug Law (regulatory) (2-3 credits)
  • Health Law (2-3 credits)
  • Health Law (Advanced) (2 credits)
  • Healthcare Antitrust (3 credits)
  • Healthcare Business Transactions (3 credits)
  • Healthcare Industry Regulation (3 credits)
  • Hospital Administration (2 credits)
  • Managed Health Care (2 credits)
  • Managed Health Care (2 credits)
  • Public Health Law (3 credits)
  • Torts (Advanced) - Medical Malpractice Litigation (2-3 credits)
  • Other courses if approved prior to registration.

B. 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:

  • Animal Law (2 credits)
  • Antitrust (4 credits)
  • Disability Law (2 credits)
  • Elder Law (2 credits)
  • Environmental Law (3 credits)
  • Family Law (2-3 credits)
  • Federal Criminal Law (2-3 credits) (if the students substantial paper component is health-related)
  • Health Law Journal (4 credits)
  • Healthcare Malpractice (2 credits)
  • Independent Research Project (2-3 credits)
  • Informative Privacy Law (2-3 credits)
  • International Comparative Health Law (2-3 credits)
  • Juvenile Law (2 credits) (if the students substantial paper component is health-related)
  • Law and Psychiatry (2 credits)
  • Law, Science, and Technology (3 credits)
  • Non-Profit Organizations (2 credits)
  • Workers' Compensation (2-3 credits)
  • Other courses if approved in advance of registration

C. Clinical Requirement
Students must earn at least three (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 "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. The concentration director will make this determination.

If the clinical requirement is waived, the student must earn the 3 credits elsewhere within the concentration.

D. 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.

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.

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.

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.

Recommended Course of Study

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 18 credits, as described above.

Providers (eg, Hospitals, Physician Groups, Nursing Homes)                               

  • Bioethics
  • Healthcare Antitrust
  • Community Needs Assessment Lab
  • Healthcare Business Transactions
  • Ethics in Corporate Compliance
  • Introduction to Dispute Resolution in Healthcare
  • Federal Criminal Law
  • Managed Health Care
  • Federal Regulation of Health Care/Fraud and Abuse
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Health Care Compliance Certificate Program
  • Non-Profit Organizations
  • Health Information Privacy and Security Law
  • Public Health Law
  • Healthcare and Hospital Administration


Business & Governmental Entities (eg, insurance carriers, pharmaceutical and device manufacturers, biotechnology research/manufacturing entities, regulatory agencies)

  • Accounting for Lawyers
  • Healthcare Compliance Certificate Program
  • Corporate Compliance in the Healthcare Industry (online)
  • Healthcare Compliance Law (online)
  • Ethics in Corporate Compliance
  • Healthcare Industry Regulation
  • Federal Criminal Law
  • Intellectual Property
  • Federal Regulation of Health Care/Fraud and Abuse
  • Introduction to Dispute Resolution in Healthcare
  • Food and Drug Law
  • Law, Science, and Technology
  • Health Information Privacy and Security Law
  • Legal Drafting and Writing
  • Healthcare Antitrust
  • Managed Health Care
  • Healthcare Business Transactions
  • Products Liability


Private Parties (eg, Patients, LLCs, Individual Practitioners)

  • Bioethics
  • Healthcare Antitrust
  • Community Needs Assessment Lab
  • Juvenile Law
  • Disability Law
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Elder Law
  • Products Liability
  • Family Law
  • Public Health Law
  • Federal Criminal Law
  • Workers' Compensation
  • Food and Drug Law



Contact Information

For specific information on the concentration offerings, please contact:

Leonard Dwarica
Mail Stop: LW-FAC
Quinnipiac University School of Law
275 Mount Carmel Avenue
Hamden, Conn. 06518
203-582-3879
Email