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Health Law Concentration Requirements

Requirements for the Class of 2015 and later

For students in the Class of 2015 and later who wish to focus their studies in the area of health law, the law school offers a sequenced curriculum leading to completion of the Concentration. (Click here for class of 2014 and earlier requirements).

Required Courses:

  • Health Law I: Regulating Quality and Personhood
  • Health Law II: Regulating Cost and Access
  • Health Law III: Health Care Finance
  • Health Law IV: Health Policy Colloquium (3Ls only)

Electives - must complete at least three from the approved list below:

  • Strongly Recommended for Concentrators:
    • Administrative Law
    • Business Organizations
    • Fraud and Abuse
    • Nonprofit Organizations
  • Other Health Law Electives:
    • Bioethics
    • Food and Drug Law
    • Insurance Law
    • Medical Malpractice
    • Mental Health Law
    • Regulating Patient Safety
    • Products Liability
    • Public Health Law
    • Toxic Torts
  • Courses in the Drexel University School of Public Health that may be counted towards concentration credit with the instructor's permission:
    • Comparative Health Systems (PBHL 851)
    • Legal Aspects of Public Health (PBHL 651)
    • Public Policy and Advocacy (PBHL 650)
    • Safety in Healthcare (PBHL 664)
    • The Evolution of U.S. Health Policy (PBHL 607)

Experiential Learning Opportunity (must complete one during second or third year):

  • Completion of a health law co-op placement OR
  • Completion of another comparable unpaid practical learning experience approved by the Concentration Director in writing
  • For JD/MPH students, completion of the MPH requirements

Writing Requirement

Concentrators must write a satisfactory paper on a health law topic, using any course, clinic, seminar or practicum (but not Co-op) placements. The page length should be around 20 pages, but may vary. Prior approval of the topic by the Program Director and course instructor is required.

Grade Requirement

A student must earn a grade of “C+” or better in each course counted toward completion of the requirements. Upon application to the Director and for good reason, one grade of less than “C+” may be accepted.

The concentration requires an overall 2.5 minimum GPA. To receive "Honors" in the concentration, the student must have an overall GPA of 3.2 or better in the courses counted toward completion of the concentration.

Tracks within Health Law

The following tracks are intended as guides, or roadmaps, to the specialty areas of practice and interest within the larger field of health law. (For a complete description of health law practice areas, see the American Health Lawyers Association practice areas.

  • Litigation – Medical Malpractice, Patient Safety, Products Liability, Toxic Torts
  • Patient care – Bioethics, Mental health Law, Patient Safety
  • Pharmaceuticals/Biotech – Administrative Law, Food and Drug Law, Health Care Finance, Patents
  • Public health – Administrative Law, Mental Health Law, Public Health Law
  • Transactions – Business Organizations, Federal Tax Law, Fraud and Abuse, Health Care Finance, Nonprofit Organizations

Please consult the course catalog for course descriptions and credit values.  

Class of 2014 and earlier requirements »