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)
|Bioethics¹||3||Parker||Fall||Not offered 13-14|
|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 2d year|
|Health Law & Policy||3||Meisel||Fall||Required Fall 2d year|
(1) This is an Arts and Sciences course, offered by the Center for Bioethics and Health Law. Please register through the Law School’s Registrar Office. The course number is 2664. This course meets on Thursdays from 6:00-8:30p.m. in the Medical Arts Building, Suite 300, 3708 Fifth Avenue. Permission of the instructor is required. See http://www.law.pitt.edu/resources/registration/faq#reg13 for more information regarding non-law registration.
Required Electives (register for at least two)
|Bioethics and Law||3||
|Information Privacy Law Seminar||3||Pike||Not offered 13-14|
|Law of Disability Discrimination||2||Hornack||Spring|
|Reproduction Sexuality and the Law||2||Frietsche/ Pfeifer||Not offered 13-14|
|Topics in Food and Drug Law||1||McSherry/ Schneider||Spring|
Clinical Experience (register for at least one)
|Civil Practice Clinic (Elder Law)||7||Mannix||Fall & Spring|
|Civil Practice Clinic (Health)||7||Not offered 13-14|
|Health Law Practicum – Alternative Dispute Resolution||4||Turner||Spring|
|Health Law Externship||4||With Prior Approval of Program Director||2d or 3d Year or Summer|
|Medicare and Medicaid Practicum||4||McKendree||Fall & Spring|
Electives (register for at least three)
|Bioethics & Law||3||Crossley||Fall|
|Business Planning, Entrepreneurship & Technology||2||Schreiber||Fall|
|Civil Practice Clinic (Elder Law)*||7||Mannix||Fall & Spring|
|Civil Practice Clinic (Health)*||7||Not offered 13-14|
|Clinical Bioethics and Law||3||Meisel||Summer|
|Commercializing New Technologies||3||Not offered 13-14|
|Elder Law Seminar||3||Frolik||Not offered 13-14|
|Emergency Preparedness Law||2||Bjerke||Not offered 13-14 GSPH|
|Health Care and Civil Rights Seminar||3||Crossley||Spring|
|Health Care Antitrust**||2||McClenahan/Scheuermann||Fall|
|Health Care Business Transactions & Finance||3||Schreiber||Spring|
|Health Care Fraud & Abuse**||1||Ramsey||Fall|
|Health Law Moot Court*||1||Not offered 13-14|
|Health Law Practicum: Alternative Dispute Resolution*||4||Turner||Spring|
|Health Reform in the U.S.: Past, Present and Future||2||James||Spring GSPH|
|Information Privacy Law Seminar§||3||Pike||Not offered 13-14|
|Journal of Envir and Public Health Law***||1||Not offered 13-14|
|Law of Disability Discrimination§||2||Hornack||Spring|
|Medicine in the Courtroom||2||Panella||Fall|
|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||Spring|
|Public Health Law||3||Bjerke||Spring|
|Reproduction Sexuality and the Law§||2||Frietsche/ Pfeifer||Not offered 13-14|
|Reproductive Rights Seminar||3||Frietsche/Brake||Not offered 13-14|
|Topics in Food and Drug Law§||1||McSherry/Schneider||Spring|
|US Reproductive Rights Seminar||3||Garrow||Fall|
|Other Graduate Level Courses||Students may take up to 6 credits of graduate level courses outside the School of Law for credit toward the Health Law Certificate Program with permission of the program director. Courses that are especially relevant are those offered by the Department of Health Policy and Management in the Graduate School of Public Health, the Center for Bioethics and Health Law, and the Heinz School of Public Policy and Management at Carnegie-Mellon University.|
* 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 Bioethics Track of the Health Law Certificate Program must satisfy it by writing on topic in bioethics and 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.