University of Pittsburgh

Program Tracks

The Health Law Certificate Program offers the following three tracks



Administration, Finance and Governance is the new name for the traditional Health Law Certificate course of study in existence since 1996. Its focus is on the "business of health law", health care financing, credentialing of health care professionals, and government regulation of the health care system. If you have already registered for the Health Law Certificate Program, you are automatically registered in the Administration, Finance and Governance Track.





Bioethics focuses on legal aspects of ethical issues arising between doctors, patients, families, and the state. It is concerned with problems such as physician-patient decision making, end-of-life decision making, organ transplantation, allocation of scarce resources, genetic engineering, and biomedical research.






Public Health focuses on the health of populations, as opposed to the health of individuals, and consequently public health law focuses on legal aspects of public health practice and the consequences of law on the public's health.




Each track has its own requirements. However, students in all tracks must, in the Fall Semester of their second year of law school, take Health Law and Policy and Current Issues in Health Law I.   Students who wish to enroll in more than one track need the permission of the Program Director.


Please note that these programs may require that you complete an internship, externship, or other field work at a facility or facilities external to the University and that such facility or facilities may require a criminal background check, an Act 33/34 clearance (if applicable), and perhaps a drug screen to determine whether you are qualified to participate.


Semester in DC

Regardless of which track you select, you may participate in Pitt Law’s Semester in DC Program if your externship placement is in health law and the particular kind of health law relates to the track you have chosen. With the permission of the Program Director, the externship will satisfy the Health Law Certificate Program’s clinical requirement, and it will satisfy one course’s worth of required elective or elective credit, depending on the nature of the experience. The paper written for the seminar portion of the Semester in DC will satisfy the upper-level writing requirement for the Health Law Certificate Program if written on a topic in health law and approved by the Program Director.

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