Students who pursue specialized programs in health care law learn to resolve problems associated with health care coverage, medical malpractice and public health. Successful completion of the programs can lead to a Juris Doctor (J.D.) in Health Care Law or Health Law. Some universities also offer a Master of Laws (LL.M.) in Health Law or Master of Public Health (MPH) in Law and Public Health.
The four schools featured below include private and public institutions that have received high rankings from Forbes and U.S. News & World Report for their health care law and/or general education offerings.
Boston University in Boston, MA
|School Highlight: School of Law provides study opportunities in 21 locations around the world.|
Boston University (BU) is a private research institution that U.S. News & World Report ranked second on its list of 'Best Health Care Law Schools' for 2017. In the previous year, the university also placed 79th on the Forbes list of 'America's Top Colleges.' BU's School of Law and School of Public Health offers a joint J.D./MPH in Law and Public Health program. Upon completion of the J.D. portion of the program, students take an additional 48 credit hours of courses in international health and management, biostatistics and health policy.
Seton Hall University in Newark, NJ
|School Highlight: Substantial scholarships in health and pharmaceutical law are available.|
Seton Hall is a private Catholic university that ranked ninth on the U.S. News & World Report list of 'Best Health Care Law Schools' for 2017. Seton Hall's College of Law offers a J.D. in Health Law, through which students can focus on biotechnology, drug law or traditional health law. Courses cover topics in false claims, the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) laws. Students also participate in a health care seminar.
University of Washington in Seattle, WA
|School Highlight: UW's School of Law features a student-faculty ratio of 8:1.|
In 2017, U.S. News & World Report ranked the University of Washington (UW) in Seattle 33rd on its list of 'Best Law Schools in America.' UW's School of Law offers an LL.M. in Health Law. This is a 40-quarter-hour program that includes courses in medical malpractice, health law and biomedical ethics.
Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.
|School Highlight: The law school offers courses in health care financing, bioethics and public health.|
Georgetown was ranked fifth among all health care law schools by U.S. News & World Report for 2016. The school offers a certificate in U.S. Health Law, which focused on health care access and regulations in the United States, and an LL.M. in Global Health Law, which takes a more international approach to the subject. Both programs are offered in conjunction with the school's O'Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law. Students may also take health law courses within the school's J.D. program.
Top Health Care Law Schools
These schools also offer strong programs in health care law:
- Georgia State University in Atlanta's Center for Law, Health & Society is part of the Partnership for Urban Health Research initiative.
- Loyola University of Chicago in Illinois houses the Beazley Institute of Health Law and Policy, which was established in 1984.
- Marquette University in Milwaukee, WI, provides courses in specialized areas of health law, including managed care.
- The University of Houston in Houston, TX is a member institution of the Texas Medical Center.
- The University of Maryland in Baltimore, MD, publishes the biannual Journal of Health Care Law & Policy.
- At the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, students can join the Disability Law Organization.
Some of the country's top-ranked law schools have strong offerings in health care law. These programs often have an interdisciplinary focus so that students gain a strong understanding of both legal and healthcare-related topics.