Health Policy and Law Concentration A Healthy Step in Your Career
The LLM concentration in Health Policy and Law is designed to meet the needs of lawyers working in the area of health policy and law who are looking to enhance their practical skills and substantive knowledge as well as lawyers aiming to enter the field. With the implementation of the US Affordable Care Act and the proliferation of global health challenges and increasingly complex issues of bioethics, this is a dynamic and ever-expanding field of legal practice.
This in-depth program helps prepare lawyers who aim to work with health care providers and insurers, government regulatory agencies, firms handling pharmaceutical products liability and toxic tort cases, and NGOs and community-based organizations in the United States and abroad, among others.
In addition to enrolling in the wide range of health law-related courses offered by the School of Law, LLM students may benefit from the university’s interdisciplinary expertise by taking relevant courses in the Bouvé College of Health Sciences, the D’Amore-McKim School of Business, and the College of Social Sciences and Humanities. LLM candidates are also encouraged to participate in events and activities sponsored by Northeastern’s Program on Health Policy and Law.
The LLM with a concentration in Health Policy and Law is a 12-month program, starting and ending in August. Students interested in this concentration are encouraged to apply by May 2.
The concentration in Health Policy and Law, which requires the completion of 33 quarter credits, features:
- Bioethics and the Law
- Current Issues in Health Law and Policy
- Drug Law and Policy
- Health Law Fraud and Abuse
- International Health Law
- Problems in Public Health Law
- Public Health Law Clinic
LLM students specializing in Health Policy and Law who obtained their first law degree outside the US benefit from three foundational courses: Legal Research and Writing I and II as well as Introduction to the US legal system, which provides the background knowledge and basic skills needed to succeed in the US law school environment and in the global practice of law.
Sample Course Offerings (Health Policy and Law)
- Administrative Law
- Advanced Legal and Interdisciplinary Research
- Antitrust Law
- Basic Income Taxation
- Disability Law
- Economic Perspectives on Health Policy (at Bouvé, semester-long course)
- Elder Law
- Environmental Law
- Global AIDS Seminar
- Human Rights in the Global Economy
- Human Behavior, Legal Doctrine & Policy Design
- Intellectual Property
- Patent Law
- Private Litigation for Social Justice
- Reproductive Rights and the Law
- Social Welfare Law
- State and Local Government Law
Recommended courses offered through the Bouvé College of Health Sciences (HPL students may take eight credits of graduate level courses not listed as law school courses):
- Economic Perspectives on Health Policy (also listed above)
- Environmental Law
- Evaluating Health Care Quality
- Global Health
- Open Classroom: Health Policy
- Principles and History of Urban Health
- Public Health Administration and Policy
- Race, Ethnicity, and Health in the United States
- Society, Behavior, and Health
- Strategic Management and Leadership in Health Care
- The (in)Visibility of (dis)Ability in Society
Not all courses are offered each academic year. Consult the course catalog available from the Office of Academic and Student Affairs for specific information about when courses are offered.