The Health Law Certificate Program is intended to give students interested in health law a basic grounding in the field, complemented by clinical experience and more in-depth study of advanced topics and closely related areas of law. Students are expected and encouraged to obtain the same broad background in law expected of all graduates for the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. Students must elect to enter the Program by the beginning of their second year of law school. Only in rare situations (such as when a student is in the Flex Program or a joint degree program) will exceptions be made.
Core Courses (required)
|Administrative Law||3||Thaw||Spring||Required 2d or 3d year|
|Required Fall or Spring 2d year
|Current Issues in Health Law I||1||Meisel||Fall & Spring||Required Fall & Spring 2d year|
|Current Issues in Health Law II||1||Meisel||Fall & Spring||Required Fall & Spring 3d year|
|Environmental Law, Policy, and Politics||2||Wagner||Spring||Required 2d or 3d year|
|Health Law & Policy||3||Crossley||Spring||Required 2d year|
|Public Health Law||3||Bjerke||Fall||Required 2d year|
Required Electives (register for at least two):
Descriptions for these courses may be found at the Public Health website.
|Course||Credits||Course Number||Semester Offered|
|Essentials of Public Health||3||Pubhlt 2011||Spring|
|Introduction to Statistical Methods I||3||Biost 2041||Fall|
|Principles of Epidemiology||3||Epidem 2110||Summer & Fall|
Clinical Experience (register for at least one)
|Civil Practice Clinic (Elder Law)||7||Mannix||Fall & Spring|
|Civil Practice Clinic (Health)||7||Not offered 14-15|
|Health Law Externship||4||With Prior Approval of Program Director||2d or 3d year or Summer|
|Medicare and Medicaid Practicum||4||McKendree||Fall & Spring|
Suggested Electives (registration for these courses is optional)
|Bioethics & Law||3||Not offered 14-15|
|Civil Practice Clinic (Elder Law)*||7||Mannix||Fall & Spring|
|Civil Practice Clinic (Health)*||7||Not offered 14-15|
|Elder Law Seminar||3||Frolik||Not offered 14-15|
|Emergency Preparedness Law||2||Bjerke||Not offered 14-15
|Food and Drug Law||1||McSherry/Schneider||Spring|
|Healthcare and Civil Rights Seminar||3||Crossley||Not offered 14-15|
|Health Care Antitrust**||2||McClenahan/Scheuermann||Fall|
|Health Care Business Transactions & Finance||3||Schreiber||Spring|
|Health Care Compliance||3||Spring|
|Health Care Fraud & Abuse**§||1||Ramsey||Fall|
|Health Law & Bioethics Seminar||3||Meisel||Not offered 14-15|
|Health Law Moot Court**||1||Fall|
|Health Law Practicum: Alternative Dispute Resolution *||4||Turner | Teeter||Spring|
|Health Reform in the U.S.: Past, Present and Future||2||James||Not offered 14-15|
|<tr class="even" "="">||International Human Rights Law||3||Kovalik||Not offered 14-15|
|Law of Disability Discrimination||2||Hornack||Spring|
|Medicare and Medicaid Practicum*||4||McKendree||Fall & Spring|
|Mental Health Law||2||Rozel/Zottola||Spring|
|Nonprofit Tax Exempt Organizations||2||Lieber||Spring|
|Physician Disclosure to Patients Seminar||3||Meisel||Not offered 14-15|
|Pittsburgh Journal of Environmental and Public Health Law***||1||Fall/Spring|
|Reproduction, Sexuality and the Law Seminar||2||Frietsche/Pfeifer||Not offered 14-15|
|Reproductive Rights Seminar||3||Frietsche/Brake||Not offered 14-15|
|Right to Die Seminar||3||Meisel||Spring|
|US Reproductive Rights Seminar||3||Garrow||Not offered 14-15|
* If used to satisfy Clinical requirement, may not be used to satisfy Elective requirement.
** Counts as one-half course for purposes of satisfying required number of electives.
***Counts as one course if two or more semester’s credit; count as one-half course if one semester’s credit.
§ If used to satisfy the required elective requirement, may not be used to satisfy this requirement.
All students at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law must satisfy the Faculty Supervised Writing Requirement (including students who are members of a law journal). For a full explanation of this requirement, consult the Student Handbook. Students in the Public Health Track of the Health Law Certificate Program must satisfy it by writing on a topic in public health law, using any course, clinic, seminar or practicum which may be used in satisfaction of this requirement. (Courses taught by adjunct professors ordinarily may not be used.) Prior approval of the topic by the HLCP Director is required prior to the paper’s being written, in addition to approval by the course instructor.
This requirement may be satisfied by an independent study only with prior permission of the HLCP Director which will be given only in extraordinary cases.
The HLC Program Office keeps track of your fulfillment of requirements and periodically notifies you of your status. However, you are ultimately responsible for knowing whether or not you have met all the program requirements in a timely fashion.
Students enrolled in the joint-degree program receive integrated training in law and public health. Students must complete 37 credits in the MPH curriculum, and 8 JDcredits will be applied toward the MPH degree in order to meet the required 45 credits for the MPH degree. Students must complete 76 credits in the JD curriculum, and 12MPH credits will be applied toward the JD degree in order to meet the required 88 credits for the JD degree. The first year of law school must be completed in a single academic year before embarking on studies in public health. Neither degree may be granted prior to the fulfillment of all requirements for the joint-degree program.
Admission to the JD/MPH joint degree program requires admission to both the GSPHand the School of Law. Admission to the joint-degree program can be granted prior to attending either the GSPH or the School of Law, or prior to completion of the first or second year of study at the law school. Students who have begun their studies at GSPHand are later admitted to the School of Law may seek permission to enter the joint degree program by transfer into the Department of Health Policy and Management. Applications can be completed through the online application process.