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||Diaz||Spring||Required 2d or 3d year
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 3d year|
|Environmental Law and Practice||4||Collins||Fall||Required 2d or 3d year|
|Health Law & Policy||3||Meisel||Fall||Required Fall 2d year|
|Public Health Law||3||Bjerke||Spring||Required Spring 2d year|
Required Electives (register for at least two):
Descriptions for these courses may be found at www.publichealth.pitt.edu/interior.php?pageID=124
|Course||Credits||Course Number||Semester Offered|
|Essentials of Public Health||3||Pubhlt 2011||Spring|
|Introduction to Statistical Methods I||3||Biost 2041||Summer & Fall|
|Principles of Epidemiology||3||Epidem 2110||Fall|
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|
|Environmental Law Clinic||6||Collins||Fall & 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|
Suggested Electives (registration for these courses is optional)
|Bioethics & Law||3||Crossley||Fall|
|Civil Practice Clinic (Elder Law)*||7||Mannix||Fall & Spring|
|Civil Practice Clinic (Health)*||7||Not offered 13-14|
|Elder Law Seminar||3||Frolik||Not offered 13-14|
|Emergency Preparedness Law||2||Bjerke||Not offered 13-14 GSPH|
|Healthcare 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 & Bioethics Seminar||3||Meisel||Not offered 13-14|
|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|
|International Human Rights Law||3||Kovalik||Fall|
|Journal of Envir and Public Health Law***||1||Not offered 13-14|
|Law of Disability Discrimination||2||Hornack||Spring|
|Medicare and Medicaid Practicum*||4||McKendree||Fall & Spring|
|Medicine in the Courtroom||2||Panella||Fall|
|Mental Health Law||2||Rozel/Zottola||Spring|
|Nonprofit Tax Exempt Organizations||2||Lieber||Spring|
|Physician Disclosure to Patients Seminar||3||Meisel||Spring|
|Reproduction, Sexuality and the Law Seminar||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|
* 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.