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  • Customizable, Career-Oriented Curriculum
  • 100% Online
  • Finish in One Year, Part-Time
  • Two Opportunities to Start Per Year

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  • Next Start Date: Fall 2023
  • Application Deadline: Fall 2023

Get the Skills to Make an Impact in Healthcare Law and Policy

The future of healthcare in the US will be shaped by factors like a heightened concern for public health, the continued adoption of value-based care models, efforts to expand insurance coverage, high-profile mergers, and new technology for collecting and managing patient data. Each of these changes has crucial legal implications for organizations that already operate in one of the nation’s most regulated industries. Meeting the challenges ahead requires collaborative efforts from both lawyers and healthcare professionals who can navigate state and federal requirements to empower functions such as care delivery, administration, and finance. The online Advanced Certificate in Health Law and Policy from the Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University equips students to do more in this dynamic and growing field.

Whether or not you have any prior legal background, you can enroll in this program on a part-time schedule and finish in one year. You’ll learn career-oriented skills from professionals with extensive real-world experience in legal practice and compliance leadership. In addition, you’ll be able to deepen your understanding of regulatory complexities that affect the healthcare system and ensure federal and state requirements are fulfilled. With connections to New York legal and healthcare organizations, Pace provides students with the strategies and insights to drive changes in world-class health systems, life sciences firms, nonprofits, and government agencies.

Program Benefits for Legal Professionals

  • Transition your law career to find employment opportunities in government agencies, private law firms, and in-house at health care companies and providers
  • Practice law in areas such as health care administration, organization and financing, public interest advocacy, and public health
  • Join national and NYS professional associations and organizations to access networking opportunities
  • Access a wealth of resources and courses related to health throughout the Pace University system
  • Gain knowledge and experience that that helps your stand out from peers, leading to career advancement opportunities

Program Benefits for Healthcare Professionals

  • Advance your skill sets from industry expert faculty members to distinguish and meet federal and state regulatory requirements
  • Expand knowledge in areas related to compliance, privacy, technology, risk management and labor relations
  • Join national and NYS professional associations and organizations to access networking opportunities
  • Access a wealth of resources and courses related to health throughout the Pace University system
  • Gain knowledge and experience that that helps your stand out from peers, leading to career advancement opportunities
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The Pace culture is practice-ready, and the Law School is very true to that mission, gearing programs toward people who are looking to get out in the world and work. Students choose Pace for professional advancement and to learn practical skills.

Professor Linda Martin, JD

A Curriculum to Help Caring Professionals Solve Real Problems

Drawing on Haub Law’s years of experience in distance learning, our faculty designed the advanced online health law certificate to help working professionals go for their career goals. This program builds valuable knowledge and skills that you can immediately put to use in roles related to healthcare policy, compliance, and administration. Our 15-credit curriculum consists of four required courses, including a workshop in lawyering skills, and specialized electives in a variety of healthcare areas.

Through a combination of asynchronous activities and real-time interactions with faculty and peers, the core curriculum delves into topics such as:

  • Laws and regulations governing the US healthcare system
  • Hands-on legal skills for healthcare-oriented roles
  • Ethics in organ donation and transplantation
  • Access to preventive care and treatment
  • The role of government in public health
  • Assessing and planning for risks
  • End of life decision-making
  • Medical malpractice
  • Fraud and abuse

We offer electives in relevant fields like insurance law, accounting for lawyers, cannabis law, elder law, environmental law, nonprofit organizations, and the legislative process. You may also opt to pursue guided research, directed research, or an externship for credit. Coursework was developed for both legal and non-legal professionals to complete as they cover the wide-ranging topics of the expansive industry of healthcare.

For more details, see our curriculum page.

Health law is a unique practice area because it focuses on an industry, rather than a specific body of law. Health law touches all aspects of the health services industry, including the organization, financing, and delivery of health care services.

Guide to Legal Careers in Health Law, Elisabeth Haub School of Law

Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree in any field
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0 for most recent degree

Admission Materials

  • Online application form; note Electronic Application Processing Service fee required ($35.00)
  • Resume
  • Official transcripts from all institutions attended
  • Personal statement

For more details on admission requirements and the application process, visit our admission page.

The healthcare sector is a huge part of the GDP, and there’s a lot of opportunity. But our system is complicated and convoluted, involving many different programs like Medicare and Medicaid. What sets the Advanced Certificate in Health Law and Policy apart is the way we really get to the nuts of bolts of how those programs work and the role of the law.

Professor Barbara Atwell, JD

What You Can Do with an Online Advanced Certificate in Health Law and Policy

Healthcare is both a necessity and a thriving industry, with National Health Expenditure data showing that annual spending on care represents more than 17 percent of the US gross domestic product. To operate responsibly in this sector, organizations must prioritize strict regulatory compliance based on accurate legal guidance. That’s why it’s crucial to employ experts in health law jobs who can apply their knowledge of federal and state laws to do the work that shapes better policies.

In addition to practicing law, professionals may pursue health law careers at legal and compliance departments for healthcare organizations, government agencies involved in healthcare regulation, or law firms specializing in healthcare. Graduates from an advanced health law certificate program can excel in roles such as:

  • Compliance Officer
  • Healthcare Administrator
  • Regulatory Analyst
  • General Counsel
  • Legal Counsel
  • Health Services Manager
  • Risk Manager
  • Paralegal

An analysis of job posting data from Burning Glass shows that skills learned from a health law certificate benefit nursing managers and medical secretaries as well since these professions demand a thorough understanding of healthcare procedures and regulations.

That’s because law and policy impact every aspect of the healthcare system. US providers spend almost $39 billion annually on compliance-related administrative activities, according to a report from the American Hospital Association. Healthcare leaders in this massive industry must always stay current with federal, state, and local laws in every aspect of their operations, accounting for how regulatory changes might affect their long-term strategies.

Lawyers empower healthcare providers and businesses with their expertise in regulation and compliance to empower, so healthcare workers can operate in accordance with the law without being overly burdened by its complexities. Ranked the #1 private, four-year college in the nation for upward economic mobility by Harvard University’s Opportunity Insights, Pace University is committed to help students from a diverse range of backgrounds go for opportunities in this field. By earning an Advanced Certificate in Health Law and Policy from Haub Law you’ll get the skills to ensure healthcare organizations meet their current responsibilities and prepare for the next wave of changes.

Download a brochure for more information about what you can do with an online Advanced Certificate in Health Law and Policy.