University of Pittsburgh

Health Law Certificate Program

The health care industry comprises more than one-sixth of the entire economy--larger even than the automobile industry.  It is also a large consumer of legal services.  Law firms ranging from the largest to the smallest provide legal services to hospitals, health insurance companies, nuring homes, physicians' practices, home health agencies, and pharmaceutical and device manufacturers, to name some of the more prominent.  In addition, many of the larger providers of health care goods and services employ a large number of lawyers in-house.  Although there are a few areas of health law that are substantively unique--such as Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement, certificate of need requirements, and fraud and abuse prohibitions--much of health law involves the application of other areas of law--such as corporate law, employment law, and real estate law--to the health care industry's special circumstances.


This innovative program provides preparation for practice in all aspects of health law and in all types of health care settings.  Three different tracks--Administration, Finance and Governance, Bioethics, or Public Health--permit you to concentrate your efforts in the area that most interests you.  However, courses in all tracks are open to all students in the program, so that the election of any particular track still permits you a broad base of study in health law.


Most students select Administration, Finance and Governance track, which is the most general of the three.  It focuses on providing education in the business of health law--the law governing the operation of health care institutions and the law governing the regulation of health care professionals.  This is the default track, and if you do not select one of the other tracks, this is the one you will automatically be registered in.


Regardlesss of the track, all students in the Health Law Certificate Program take a common core of courses: the survey course in Health Law and Policy, and Current Issues in Health Law I and II.  All students in the program are able to choose from almost the same list of electives, and all must take a clinical or practicum experience, and write their upper level writing requirement paper on a topic in health law.


Students also have the opportunity to keep pace with the hottest topics in health law by attending the Pennsylvania Bar Institute's annual two-day Health Law Institute and to learn about careers in health law by attending the annual Student Health Law Conference sponsored by the American Society of Law, Medicine and Ethics.


Click here for the enrollment form for the Health Law  Certificate Program.

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