MASTER'S DEGREE IN HEALTH POLICY AND LAW

Key Program Info

The master’s degree in Health Policy and Law was developed in response to the increasing need to equip professionals from the healthcare and legal disciplines with a more complete understanding of the best scientific, ethical, regulatory, and management practices. As medical decisions grow more complicated and far-reaching, the intersection of legal and medical/healthcare practices will be one of the most critical focal points of society for decades to come.

Key Program Information

Options for Pace of Study

It is strongly recommended that students take all of the required courses in the first year.

5-Quarter Pace
Quarter Courses
Fall 211, 207A, 298A, 1 elective
Winter 213, 207B, 298B, 1 elective
Spring 210, 216, 298C, 1 elective
Summer 215, 2 electives
Fall 299
 
2 Year Pace
Year Quarter Courses
1st Year Fall 211, 207A, 298A
  Winter 213, 207B, 298B
  Spring 210, 216, 298C
  Summer 215
2nd Year Fall 2 electives
  Winter 2 electives
  Spring 299
  Summer
 
3 Year Pace
Year Quarter Courses
1st Year Fall 211, 207A, 298A
  Winter 213, 207B, 298B
  Spring 210, 216, 298C
  Summer 215
2nd Year Fall 1 elective
  Winter 1 elective
  Spring 1 elective
  Summer — 
3rd Year Fall 1 elective
  Winter 1 elective
  Spring 299
  Summer

 

Capstone Projects

Students may access the department library to review past Capstone Projects within three tracks:
Scholarly Writing, an Applied/Experiential Project, or a Peer Review Article Submission to assist them in selecting their own personal pathway.

Examples of Scholarly Writing Titles
  • “Organ Donor Discrimination: A Proposal to Modify the Current Center for Disease Control & Prevention Criteria for “High Risk” Organ Donor,” Ashley Archer-Hayes (spring 2014 grad)
  • “Is there a Future for Small Independent Primary Care Practices Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act?” Rhona Fink (spring 2013 grad)
  • “How Lack of Linguistic Services and Standards Impact the Quality of HC in Cultural Diverse Population,” Irina Grigoryan (spring 2014 grad)
  • “End of Life care for Cancer Patients,” Alfred Ma (spring 2014 grad)
  • “Beyond the Bedside. The evidence for Nursing Malpractice and Liability Education for Perinatal Nurses,” Linda Shinn (fall 2014 grad)
Examples of Published Article Submissions
  • Illicit Online Marketing of Lorcaserin Before DEA Scheduling.” Obesity. 2013;21(5):861-864. Ashley Archer-Hayes (spring 2014 grad) and Linda Shinn (spring 2014 grad) co-authored with Bryan Liang and Tim Mackey
  • Policy Review: Japan-Philippines Economic Partnership Agreement (JPEPA)–Analysis of a Failed Nurse Migration Policy.” Inter J Nurs.; 2014; 51:243-250. Nozomi Yagi (fall 2012 grad) and Lorna Gerlt (current student) co-authored with Tim Mackey and Bryan Liang
  • Prescription Drug Coupons: Evolution and Need for Regulation in Direct-to-Consumer Advertising.” Res Social Admin Pharm.; 2014; 10(3):588-594. Nozomi Yagi (fall 2012 grad) co-authored with Tim Mackey and Bryan Liang
  • The Minamata Convention on Mercury: Attempting to Address the Global Controversy of Dental Amalgam Use and Mercury Waste Disposal.” Sci Tot Env. 2014;472: 125-129. John Contreras (spring 2014 grad) co-authored with Tim Mackey and Bryan Liang
  • Global Amalgam Governance: The Need for Clinician Leadership.” Inside Dentistry. 2014; 10(1) Jan; To Read Article >>. John Contreras (spring 2014 grad) co-authored with Tim Mackey and Bryan Liang
  • “Reforming Off-Label Promotion to Enhance Orphan Disease Treatment.” Science. 2010; 327(5963):273-274. Tim Mackey (spring 2009 grad) co-authored with Bryan Liang

 

HLAW New Student Demographics 2009-2010 2010-2011 2011-2012 2012-2013 2013-2014 2014-2015 2015-2016
Number of New Enrollees        19        15        20       15        15        11        15
 
Profile of Enrollees
Male          5         1         4         5         3                  7
Female        14       14       16       10       12        11         8
 
Age Range
50’s          5         3         3         2         6          1          1
40’s          6         3         3         6         2          2          3
30’s          4         4         7         6         4          2          6
20’s          4         5         7         1         3          6          5
 
Education
BA/BS/BSN         15       11        13          8          5          9         8
MA/MS/MPH/MBA           1         1          2          2          4                  2
MBBS/MD/DOD/PhD/JD           3         3          5          5          6          2         5
 
Background
Healthcare          5         7        13         7          3          7         9
Legal          7         2          2         3          5          3         6
Industry/Education          7         6          4         5          6          1        
Student/Other              1                  1                 
 
Ethnicity
White        13         9           9         5         7         1         5
Asian          1                   3          2         3         3         1
Latino          1         2                   3         4         4         2
Black          1                  2         2                         3
Middle Eastern          1                  1         1         1         3         3
Other          1                  2         1                  
More than one race          1         4          3         1                         1
                                                                                                                                                                            
Military Status
Active           1                  1                 1                
Retired           2                  2         4                 1       

 

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