At Northeastern University School of Law, we focus on health law through a dynamic, interdisciplinary approach that integrates a wide variety of practical and research interests. Our Center for Health Policy and Law provides a rich context for students and researchers interested in public health law, health and human rights, health governance, health care financing, drug law, intellectual property, bioethics, health care delivery law and the regulation of our health care systems. It is guided by faculty with diverse areas of expertise and is affiliated with an array of university-wide institutes, programs and experiential learning opportunities.

Follow us on TwitterIn addition to offering a broad curriculum in health and public health law, the center sponsors conferences, lectures, colloquia, a Health Law Moot Court team, the Health Law Student Association and workshops that introduce students to career opportunities in the growing field of health law and policy.

Students in the JD program are offered two outstanding dual-degree MPH program options: with Tufts University School of Medicine as well as Northeastern University’s Bouvé College of Health Sciences. The School of Law and Bouvé share a number of faculty appointments in both health care and law, providing students with an integrated approach to both teaching and experiential opportunities. Students may also opt to earn a concentration certificate in health policy and law. 

Students in the LLM program are offered a special concentration in health policy and law, which is designed to meet the needs of lawyers who want to enhance their practical skills and substantive knowledge as well as lawyers aiming to enter the field. 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.

All Northeastern law students and faculty are also invited to join in the work of the university’s outstanding institutes and programs dedicated to health law, including the Public Health Advocacy Institute, the Program on Human Rights and the Global Economy, the Center for Health Policy and Healthcare Research, the Community-Based Research Initiative, the Institute on Urban Health Research and the Domestic Violence Institute. In addition, upper-level students may participate in one of the school’s health-related clinics, including the Domestic Violence Clinic, Poverty Law and Practice Clinic and the Public Health Legal Clinic.

In recognition of the law school's leadership in this field, U.S. News and World Report ranks Northeastern #14 for health care law.

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On October 23, 2018 the Center for Health Policy and Law hosted a Community Forum on Question 1 (mandatory nurse staffing ratios) at the School of Law. Question 1 is a ballot measure for the 2018 Election in Massachusetts. 

This proposed law would limit how many patients could be assigned to each registered nurse in Massachusetts hospitals and certain other health care facilities. The maximum number of patients per registered nurse would vary by type of unit and level of care.

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