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Health Law Concentration: Degree Requirements

Required Courses:

  • Health Care Quality Regulation
  • Health Care Cost and Access Regulation
  • Health Care Finance
  • Health Policy Colloquium (3Ls only)

Electives - must complete at least six (6) credits from the approved list below:

  • Administrative Law
  • Business Organizations
  • Health Care Fraud and Abuse
  • Nonprofit Organizations
  • Bioethics
  • Food and Drug Law
  • Insurance Law
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Mental Health Law
  • Regulating Patient Safety
  • Products Liability
  • Toxic Torts


Courses in the MLS Health Care Compliance Program (limited to six credits):

  • Health Care Rules and Regulations (LSTU 504S)
  • Health Care Quality, Patient Safety and Risk Management (LSTU 505S)
  • Patients and Privacy: HIPAA and Related Regulations (506S)

Courses in the Drexel University Dornsife School of Public Health, the College of Nursing, and the LeBow College of Business may be counted towards concentration credit with the permission of Professor Furrow and the course instructor. Some current courses include:

  • Economics of Health Care Systems (ECON 240)
  • Injury Prevention and Control (PBHL 307)
  • Health and Human Rights (HMP 802)
  • Health Policy and Advocacy (PBHL 650ES)
  • Seminar in Firearms and Public Health (HMP 601)

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