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In an era of substantial national and regional reforms in health care and public health, students and practitioners must be able to recognize, assess, and solve issues of law, ethics, and policy at the intersection of health care delivery and protection of community health. The nationally-ranked health law programs, projects, and initiatives at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University encompass an array of unique and emerging areas, including public health law and policy, personalized medicine, and neuroscience.
Students may select from a diverse range of health law-related courses and opportunities tailored to their specific interests and led by acclaimed faculty, adjuncts, and partners. Students’ experiences are accentuated through related concentrations, certifications, and joint degrees offered by centers at ASU Law, Mayo Medicine School, and other institutions. Knowledge and application of principles of law, ethics, and policy offer graduates career opportunities in high-demand legal and policy fields focused on health care, public health, and technology.
The Center for Public Health Law and Policy explores fascinating and emerging global and domestic issues in public health law, policy, and ethics. Varied topical interest areas include emergency legal preparedness, vaccinations, health care reform, injury prevention, and constitutional rights and protections.
The center brings students together with leading scholars, practitioners, and policymakers to address critical challenges at the intersection of law, ethics, policy, and the public’s health. Its diverse group of scholars and partners seeks to promote the role of law as a tool for improving the public’s health by conducting targeted legal and policy research, developing innovative tools and educational materials, generating extensive scholarship, and collaborating with public health and medical leaders.
The center also hosts the Western Region Office of the Network for Public Health Law, supported primarily by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The Network provides technical assistance to practitioners and attorneys nationally, and allows students the opportunity to research, develop, and implement public health law solutions.
ASU Law is also part of an innovative set of clinical programs that pairs inventors, entrepreneurs, and emerging technology companies with law, business, and engineering students to provide multidisciplinary services to startup ventures. The Healthcare Entrepreneurship Clinic offers health law students the opportunity to work with early-stage Arizona businesses in the health care and technology arena to solve legal problems related to formation, intellectual property, compliance and regulation, contracts, and licensing. The clinic is directed by Dr. John Shufeldt, an ASU Law adjunct professor, alum, and co-founder of numerous health care businesses.
Juris Doctor, JD: 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.
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Master of Legal Studies, MLS: 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: 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.
JD/MD Dual Degree Program with Mayo Medicine
ASU JD, LLM, and MLS students concentrating in health law and policy are finding career placements across the United States in a diverse array of related positions. Opportunities include law firms, health care entities, health insurers, government agencies at all levels, policy think tanks, and academic institutions, among others. For more information, consult our Office of Career Services and check out the listing of prominent health law alums and their current positions on the Center’s website.
Health law is a multifaceted area with a unique array of applications, contexts, and career paths. ASU Law's programs are collaborative and inclusive of several projects, faculty, and substantive areas beyond the classroom.
Student opportunities include:
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.