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LLM in Health Care and Pharmaceutical Compliance

The LLM degree in Health Care and Pharmaceutical Compliance is designed for experienced attorneys who seek advanced skills in legal regulatory analysis and policy in the fast-changing health law arena.

Year after year, laws and regulations pertaining to health care delivery change and grow more complex, creating tremendous demand for attorneys and compliance professionals with deep knowledge of the industry. Our program provides an immersion in this legal sphere and the skills to create comprehensive compliance programs.

This program is offered online either part-time or full-time.


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The Thomas R. Kline School of Law Health Care Compliance programs are accredited by the Compliance Certification Board (CCB). Many employers are now requiring CCB certification for compliance-related positions. The CCB offers certification in the following areas:

  • Certified Healthcare Compliance (CHC)
  • Certified Healthcare Research Compliance (CHRC)
  • Certified Healthcare Privacy Compliance (CHPC)
  • Certified Compliance and Ethics Professional (CCEP)
  • Certified Compliance and Ethics Professional International (CCEP-I)


Required Courses

All LLM students are required to take eight (8) core credits.

  • LSTU 551 - Compliance Skills: Auditing, Investigation and Reporting (4 credits)
  • LSTU 554 - Risk Assessment and Management (4 credits)

*Foreign-trained students may also be required to complete LSTU 553 Legal Research and Analysis (4 credits) and/or LSTU 550 Introduction to the Legal System (4 credits).

Elective Courses

Students will take 24 elective credits (or 16 elective credits plus Thesis Project I & II)

Health and Pharmaceutical Compliance (Choose 4)

  • LSTU 552 Ethics and Professional Standards
  • LSTU 555 Compliance Communications
  • LSTU 600 Health Care Rules and Regulations
  • LSTU 601 Health Care Quality, Patient Safety and Risk Management
  • LSTU 602 Patients and Privacy: HIPAA and Related Regulations
  • LSTU 603 Legal Regulation of Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Sales and Marketing Practices
  • LSTU 605 Food and Drug Law
  • LSTU 660 Information Privacy
  • LSTU 661 The Law and Strategies Surrounding Cybersecurity
  • LSTU 662 European Union Data Privacy and Protection

Thesis (Optional, 8 credits)

  • LSTU 998 Thesis I (classroom component on scholarly writing)
  • LSTU 999 Thesis II (independent study including drafting and presenting original work of publishable quality)

PA Lawyers Can Get CLE Credit at Kline

PA CLE logoThe Kline School of Law is the only law school in the Commonwealth accredited by PACLE to provide distance learning CLE credits. As such, lawyers admitted to practice in Pennsylvania who take online graduate level or advanced degree courses at Kline may claim CLE credit as permitted by PACLE regulation 5(f) governing Credit for Law School and Graduate Level Courses.

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