If you work in the health care industry and are looking to expand your legal knowledge, but are not quite ready to pursue a master’s degree, we offer a 12-credit graduate Certificate in Health Law. This certificate arises directly from the need for more professionals with legal expertise in the highly regulated field of healthcare. The certificate is designed specifically to provide professionals with the skills necessary to understand, navigate and leverage the legal issues that arise within the health care field and to work effectively with counsel when a lawyer’s involvement is necessary. Students can apply their credits from this program to the Master of Legal Studies later on if desired.

Changing regulations in the health care industry have sparked demand for professionals who can understand and interpret today’s complex legal issues. With a Certificate in Health Law from Northeastern University, students can gain those skills and learn how to effectively work with counsel when a lawyer’s involvement is necessary.

As a student, you will have the unique opportunity to

  • Tailor your education to your schedule. This certificate is offered in a 100 percent online, asynchronous, flexible format, allowing you to take advantage of the program’s rigorous coursework and experienced faculty regardless of your location.
  • Stack your certificate into a master’s degree. The 12 credits from this program can be applied toward a Master of Legal Studies.
  • Learn directly from the experts, such as Professor Wendy Parmet, faculty director of Northeastern’s Center for Health Law and Policy, and Professor Patricia Davidson, a former senior staff attorney for the Public Health Advocacy Institute, a nonprofit affiliated with Northeastern University School of Law.
  • Earn a top-ranked education. The School of Law is ranked No. 9 in health care law by U.S. News & World Report.


To apply to the program, you must have:

  • Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution

To complete the application process, you must submit:

  • Online application
  • Professional résumé
  • Transcripts from all previous undergraduate and graduate institutions
  • Personal statement
  • One letter of recommendation: from individual(s) with either academic or professional knowledge of your capabilities, such as a faculty member, current employer, mentor or colleague
  • Official TOEFL scores (non-native English speakers only) GRE or LSAT scores (optional)


Tuition and fees are set on an annual basis by Northeastern University’s board of trustees. The current estimated cost of this program for the 2019-2020 academic year is $1,094 per semester hour/credit.


Spring B: February 21, 2020
Summer B: June 19, 2020