Prospective Students

The Health Policy and Law degree is a unique part time or full time graduate program designed for healthcare and legal professionals who want to be better informed and more influential in the shaping of healthcare policy and law. It bridges the differences between the practices of healthcare and the practice of law to establish a common understanding of the principles guiding each profession. This program accepts International applicants and supports the F-1 student visa.

A Message from Gerard Manecke, Timothy Mackey, and Susan Channick Program Directors


This joint Master of Advanced Studies (MAS) Degree between the University of California, San Diego and California Western School of Law was launched in 2007 to equip graduates from both healthcare and legal backgrounds with the knowledge and management practices to work together successfully to meet society’s medical needs in an ever changing more complicated healthcare environment.

Mackey_TimothyCircleWe continually update our curriculum to provide the best scientific, ethical, regulatory, and management training available to prepare our students to be successful in their career endeavors. For students entering fall 2014, we are adding a new class called “Comparative Study of Healthcare Systems” to our CORE course requirements, and creating three different track options for the Capstone Project to better meet individual student needs and interests: 1) a Scholarly Writing Project, 2) an Applied/Experiential Project, or 3) a Peer Review Article Submission.

Channick_SusanCircleStudents have 15 units of general electives in the program to create their own personal study path. We offer a variety of pathway options including global health, ethics in health, and political advocacy.

Please consider our program to see if it would assist you in accomplishing your personal career goals.


Gerard Manecke, MD, UC San Diego Program Director
Timothy Mackey, PhD, UC San Diego Program Associate Director
Susan Channick, JD, California Western School of Law Program Director


Key Program features:
  • Innovative and relevant core curriculum addressing current trends and challenges
  • Explores differences and similarities where healthcare and law overlap
  • Students have the opportunity to publish their work
  • Courses taught by renowned faculty from the UC San Diego School of Medicine and California Western School of Law
  • Flexible, evening course schedule designed to meet the needs of working professionals
  • Opportunity to network with legal and healthcare leaders with diverse areas of expertise
  • One admission date each year – Fall quarter (September)

About the MAS Degree

Under a statewide project of the University of California, the MAS (Master of Advanced Studies) credential was first introduced in January, 2001 in response to the need to expand career potential and bring academic rigor to professionals in various fields. The self-funded MAS degree program is tailored typically to the lifestyle and level of experience of working professionals.

The degree is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) which is the accrediting body for the University of California. UC Graduate degree programs go through graduate academic reviews of their curriculum/faculty/administration every 7 years by the Graduate Council.

In addition to this degree we offer three other master’s degree programs:

Degree Partners

This Master of Advanced Studies degree is conferred jointly by the Graduate Division at the University of California, San Diego and California Western School of Law. A third partner is UC San Diego Extension, which administers the program and provides student advising. The curriculum is jointly managed between the Department of Anesthesiology in the UC San Diego School of Medicine, and California Western School of Law. The program is also affiliated with the Global Health Policy Institute and the Institute of Health Law Studies.

California Western School of Law

For 90 years, California Western School of Law has trained lawyers to be creative problem solvers who contribute to improving the lives of their clients and the quality of justice in our society. Founded in 1924 as the first law school in San Diego, California Western has been accredited by the American Bar Association since 1962 and has been a member of the Association of American Law Schools since 1967. The institution has tailored curricula for innovative law programs in biotechnology, telecommunications, healthcare, sports and entertainment, intellectual property, and international law to meet the rapidly evolving needs of the legal profession. Beyond the classroom, California Western is known for a nationally-recognized student internship program, faculty scholars, and a commitment to producing graduates who do not merely react to problems but anticipate them, ready to devise innovative and responsible solutions to serve the needs of their clients and the broader community.

UC San Diego School of Medicine

The School of Medicine is one of the nation’s top-ranked academic institutions devoted to medical research, education, and health care services. Its physicians and researchers have been lauded with numerous awards and honors, including the Nobel Prize, and the membership of over 80 faculty members in the National Academy of Sciences and Institute of Medicine. UC San Diego Healthcare is known as a center for leading edge medicine and outstanding clinical programs. Furthermore, San Diego has become one of the most advanced centers in the world for biotechnology, clinical research, telecommunications, and computer software; this is due in no small measure to the University of California, San Diego. More than 90% of the technology companies in San Diego can trace their roots to either faculty or graduates of UC San Diego.

UC San Diego Extended Studies and Public Programs

In addition to research and degree work, UC San Diego is home to one of the most diverse continuing education programs in the world: UC San Diego Extended Studies and Public Programs provide critical support for workforce development to San Diego and other partnering organizations. It addresses the lifelong knowledge and skill development needs of individuals, organizations and the community. Every area of study, from biotechnology and the arts, to foreign languages and healthcare, evolves with the community. Courses are refined as the workplace changes and as new ideas and technologies arise.

The Global Health Policy Institute

The Global Health Policy Institute (GHPI) is dedicated to the multidisciplinary study of important national and global public health issues. The Institute focuses on core areas of research, capacity building, and policy advocacy in its programmatic activities strategically supported through its partnerships with other institutions and individuals. The goal of GHPI is to address important and under served issues in global health, engage a broad array of stakeholders in problem solving and consensus building, and lead in the development of evidence-based policy making.

The Institute of Health Law Studies

The Institute of Health Law Studies (IHLS) is an interdisciplinary center joining together legal, health, medical, and scientific communities to address important issues through advocacy, education, community service, and scholarship.

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