Health Law & Science

Please Note: This concentration is only an option for students enrolled prior to the Fall 2016 semester.

Health care is one of the largest and fastest growing industries in the United States, accounting for 10 percent of the nation's jobs and one-sixth of the economy. With an increasingly complex regulatory landscape, lawyers have many fundamental roles in this system. Health care lawyers develop health care policies, ensure compliance with state and federal regulations, navigate fraud and abuse claims, litigate medical malpractice cases and health care professional ethics violations, and counsel hospitals, nursing homes, insurance companies, drug and device manufacturers, government agencies, and other stakeholders in the system. Additionally, lawyers represent private individuals in various types of cases related to health care.

While health care is continuously developing its own doctrinal content, it also relies heavily on other areas of law such as corporate, administrative, and nonprofit law. For these reasons, Duquesne University School of Law's Health Law and Science Concentration is useful for those students interested in a career in the health care industry, but also those students who would like a concentration that exposes them a wide variety of these useful and wide-ranging areas of law relevant to a business or administrative-based practice

In addition to state and federal law, statutory or common law, and administrative agency rulings, the Health Law and Science Concentration will expose students to relevant economic, policy, and ethical considerations underpinning the delivery of health care. Students taking Health Care Law, Health Care Organization and Finance, and Administrative Law will gain fundamental knowledge of the primary body of laws and policies regulating the health care industry. Students then have an option to delve into more specialized and cutting-edge topics like medical ethics, innovation in medicine, scientific and expert evidence, forensic science, and psychology and law.

Strongly Recommended Courses

Administrative Law [3 credits] 
Health Care Law [2] 
Health Care Organization and Finance [2]

Other Courses

Advanced Legal Writing: Drafting [3, paper - with approval] 
Antitrust [3] 
Expert Evidence [3] 
Fundamentals of Intellectual Property [3] 
General Externship Placement and Seminar [3 - with approval, limited credits, clinical] 
Health Care Fraud and Abuse [3] 
Health Care Regulation and Transactions [2] 
Independent Research [1 to 3, paper - with approval] 
Labor Law [3] 
Law and Medical Ethics [2] 
Law and Neuroscience [2]
Law and Psychology [2] 
Legal Medicine and Forensic Science [2] 
Public Health Law and Policy [2 or 3]
Tax-Exempt Organizations [2] 
Technology Innovation Law [3]

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