From medical malpractice and compliance issues to food and drug regulations, health law is a diverse and rapidly growing field.

Curriculum and Requirements

Concentration Requirements

To be eligible for the Health Law concentration, students must complete 21 credits as described below:

Students must take Administrative Law (LAWS 114, 3 credits) and either Business Planning (LAWS  393, 4  credits) or Business Organizations (LAWS 205, 4 credits) as two of the core electives. Credits for these courses will not count toward the 21-credit concentration requirement, but grades will count toward the GPA honors requirement.

In addition, students must take Health Law (LAWS 345, 3 credits). Credits for Health Law will count toward the 21-credit concentration requirement and grades will count towards the GPA honors requirement. Health Law is a prerequisite for Advanced Health Law (LAWS 544).

These three courses do not have to be taken prior to taking other courses in the concentration, but it is strongly recommended that Administrative Law and Health Law be taken in a student’s second year, if possible.

Course Work
In addition to the above requirements, to receive the certificate for this concentration, students must earn 18 health law specialty credits, divided as follows:

Core Courses
At least 12 credits must be earned from the core health law courses. (Note: not all of these courses are offered every year.)

  • Health Information Privacy and Security Law (LAWS 625, 3 credits)
  • Introduction to Dispute Resolution in Health Care (LAWS 539, 2 or 3 credits)
  • Bioethics (LAWS 549, 2 or 3 credits)
  • Health Care Antitrust (LAWS 350, 3 or 4 credits)
  • Health Care Business Transactions (LAWS 352, 3 credits)
  • Health Care and Hospital Administration (LAWS 545, 2 credits)
  • Managed Health Care  (LAWS  601, 2 credits)
  • Public Health Law (LAWS 320, 3 credits)
  • Intellectual Property in Health Care (LAWS 633, 2 or 3 credits)
  • Drug and Device Law (LAWS 409, 2 or 3 credits)

Remaining Credits
The remaining credits, if any, may be earned from the core courses above or from the following health-related courses. (Note: not all of these courses are offered every year.)

  • Disability Law (LAWS 587, 2 credits)
  • Elder Law (LAWS 388, 2 credits)
  • Juvenile Law (LAWS 384, 3 credits)
  • Health Law Journal (LAWS 588 & 589, 3 credits)
  • Nonprofit Organizations (LAWS 450, 2 credits)
  • Independent Research Project (2-3 credits)
  • Environmental Law (LAWS 379, 3 credits)
  • Law, Science and Technology (LAWS 344, 3 credits)
  • Family Law (LAWS 370, 3 credits)
  • International Comparative Health Law (LAWS 363, 2 credits)
  • Products Liability Law (LAWS 373, 3 credits)
  • Poverty Law (LAWS 564, 2 credits)
  • Health Care Compliance Law (LAWS  457, 3 credits) (online)
  • Community Needs Assessment Lab (LAWS 413, 1, 2, or 3 credits)
  • Anatomy for Lawyers (LAWS 676, 2 credits)
  • Food Law (LAWS 414, 2 credits)
  • Advanced Health Law (LAWS 544, 2 credits)
  • Medical Malpractice (LAWS 604, 2 credits)
  • Antitrust (LAWS 349, 4 credits)
  • Intellectual Property (LAWS 331, 3 credits)

Recommended Client-Based Courses
Students should consider which group(s) of clients they plan to represent in their practice of health law. The following recommendations are intended to assist the students in determining which courses are best suited toward different types of clients. These are only recommendations. Students are free to choose any courses they wish, so long as they take the required concentration courses and achieve the required  21 credits, as described above.

Providers (hospitals, physician groups, nursing homes):

  • Bioethics
  • Health Care Antitrust
  • Health Information Privacy and Security Law
  • Introduction to Dispute Resolution in Health Care
  • Public Health Law
  • Health Care and Hospital Administration
  • Anatomy for Lawyers
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Health Care Compliance Certificate Program
  • Managed Health Care
  • Health Care Business Transactions
  • Nonprofit Organizations
  • Community Needs Assessment Lab  
  • Health Care Compliance Law (online)

Business and governmental entities (insurance carriers, device manufacturers, biotechnology research/manufacturing entities, regulatory agencies):

  • Products Liability
  • Health Care Antitrust
  • Food Law
  • Drug and Device Law
  • Intellectual Property
  • Intellectual Property in Health Care
  • Introduction to  Dispute Resolution in Health Care
  • Law, Science and Technology
  • Managed Health Care
  • Health Care Business Transactions
  • Health Information Privacy and Security Law
  • Corporate Compliance in the Health Care Industry (online)
  • Health Care Compliance Certificate Program
  • Health Care Compliance Law (online)

Private parties (patients, LLCs, individual practitioners):

  • Food Law
  • Drug and Device Law
  • Bioethics
  • Disability Law
  • Health Care Antitrust
  • Juvenile Law
  • Anatomy for Lawyers
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Products Liability
  • Elder Law
  • Family Law
  • Corporate Compliance in the Health Care Industry (online)

Clinical Requirement
Students must earn at least 3 credits (not including IRC) in clinic (i.e., Civil Justice Clinic, Tax Clinic, Prosecution Appellate Clinic, Defense Appellate Clinic) and/or in a health law externship.

  • Determination of the "health law" status of any given externship will be made by the concentration director and the director of field placement programs.
  • The clinic/externship requirement will be waived only in rare circumstances, and only if the student has substantial health law-related work experience or substantial experience in the health care field. The concentration director will make this determination. A student seeking a waiver from the clinic/externship requirement must apply for the waiver no later than the beginning of the second semester of his/her second year.
  • If the clinical requirement is waived, the student must earn the 3 credits by taking additional courses in the concentration. Any credits earned in such courses will apply to the GPA honors requirement.

Writing Requirement
The substantial paper written to fulfill the advanced writing requirement must be on an approved health law topic. The concentration director must approve the topic, in advance, unless the paper is written in connection with one of the listed "core" courses or for the Quinnipiac Health Law Journal. A paper written for another journal may qualify, if the concentration director approves the topic in advance.

Honors
Students who achieve a GPA of 3.2 or better in the course work used for the concentration will receive the certificate for the concentration with honors. Grades from all health law courses taken by a student will be included in the GPA calculation.

Waiver of Requirements
The concentration director and the associate dean for academic affairs may waive any requirements for the concentration (other than the GPA requirement), if they both agree to do so.

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