Public Health Law and Policy

Juris Doctor (JD)

Immerse yourself in multiple areas of health law, public health law, ethics, and policy to broaden your knowledge and skills in preparation for a career at the intersection of law and health.

As the market for health law and public health law across Arizona and the nation escalates so does the need for knowledgeable and well- versed lawyers that understand unique aspects of health care and public health services.

ASU Law’s nationally-ranked program in health law, public health law, and policy focuses on diverse issues at the core of how health care and public health services are organized, delivered, and assured in global, national, and regional settings.

Master of Legal Studies (MLS)

Do you want to excel as a leader in the health industry?

If so, consider pursuing a Master of Legal Studies (MLS) degree with an emphasis in Health Law. This degree is for professionals who do not want to practice law, but seek to understand the law’s impact on the health care system, as well as implications on the clients and patients they serve. Health is the largest and fastest growing industry in the U.S., adding more than half of all new jobs through 2020. The health industry is undergoing unprecedented reform, thereby creating demand for people who can understand and translate new rules and regulations to improve the health of people and populations.

Master of Laws (LLM)

Do you want to be a champion of health policy and reform at home or abroad?

If so, consider pursuing a Master of Laws (LLM) with an emphasis in Health Law. This degree is for people who already have a law degree and aspire to translate and apply health policies to protect and improve public health. Health is the largest and fastest growing industry in the U.S., adding more than half of all new jobs through 2020. The health industry is undergoing unprecedented reform, thereby creating demand for people who can understand and translate new rules and regulations to improve the health of people and populations.

Sample of coursework offered

  • Administrative Law
  • Bioethics and Law
  • Biotechnology
  • Biotech Licensing & Litigation
  • Elder Law
  • Family Law
  • FDA Regulation
  • Gender and Family Policy
  • Genetics and the Law
  • Healthcare Fraud Investigation
  • Health Law and Policy
  • Health Technologies, Innovation and the Law
  • Healthcare Entrepreneurship Clinic
  • Intercultural Bioethics
  • Mass Tort Litigation
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Neuroscience and the Law
  • Public Health Law (and Ethics)
  • Reproduction, Reproductive Technologies & the Law
  • Research Ethics and Law

In conjunction with Center for Law, Science & Innovation, several programs host events, workshops, and conferences each year focused on emerging issues in health law. Student opportunities for participation, research, work experience, and networking in different facets of health law and policy abound. Health Care Law at ASU Law is ranked No. 16 by US News and World Report. The Health Law Society (HLS) student organization is a growing and proactive group that facilitates collaboration and connection. Students may participate in the Healthcare Entrepreneurship Clinic, assisting health care startups with formation and regulatory issues, or explore externships with medical providers or public health agencies. Graduates from ASU Law are true standouts in the health law community locally and nationally.

Public Health Law and Policy also hosts the Western Region Office of the national Network for Public Health Law, funded in part by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Led by Professor James G. Hodge, Jr., the Western Region Office provides public health law technical assistance and resources to practitioners, officials, attorneys, and advocates locally, across 11 Western states and nationally.