Online Graduate Certificate Programs in Health Law, Policy & Compliance

“When choosing which program is right for you, look for the one that aims to cultivate a passion for lifelong learning with its teachers and students, and provides coursework that would benefit health professionals (e.g., clinicians, administrators, policy analysts) from learning about core concepts to emerging issues in health law and policy field.”

Tara Sklar, JD, MPH, Faculty Director of the Health Law & Policy Program at the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law

The National Health Care Anti-Fraud Association believes that over $300 billion may be lost every year to fraudulent Medicare and Medicaid claims. Subsequently, this and other claims of fraud and mismanagement have increased the number of laws, policies, and regulations in healthcare. Staying abreast of these laws takes educated and trained professionals who have a firm understanding of health law, policy, and compliance.

Many professionals who want health law literacy and don’t have the time or inclination for law school can opt to complete a graduate certificate in health law, policy, and compliance. These certificate programs can be completed in as little as three months for the shorter courses or over 18 months for the longer ones. Students who enroll in one of these certificate programs will gain a basic understanding of health law, ethics, compliance, policy, and regulation.

This legal knowledge can make graduates valuable members of any healthcare team. Many programs even prepare students to sit for a Compliance Certification Board (CCB) certification exam. Passing a CCB certification exam demonstrates competency in this field and can help with employment or advancement opportunities.

The most common admission requirement for these programs is a bachelor’s degree. Some certificate programs have more stringent admission requirements, including letters of recommendation and a statement of purpose. Often, international students are required to provide proof of English proficiency through an IELTS or TOEFL exam.

With the increased popularity of online learning, many of these certificate programs are offered online. This allows students to complete their studies without having to relocate. Many programs are offered asynchronously, allowing students to complete their studies independently without sacrificing family life or their current career path.

Online certificate programs in health law, policy, and compliance are taught at law and graduate schools across the US. Continue reading to learn about some of the top programs in the country.

Meet the Expert: Tara Sklar, JD, MPH

Tara Sklar

Tara Sklar, JD, MPH

Professor Tara Sklar is the faculty director of the health law & policy Program and a distinguished public service scholar at the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law. She also serves as the associate director of Telehealth Law & Policy at the Arizona Telemedicine Program, College of Medicine-Tucson, and as a subject matter expert with the National Consortium of Telehealth Resource Centers.

Professor Sklar’s teaching and research bridge the gap between healthcare and law by aligning where the law can help mitigate health disparities and improve care for vulnerable populations. Her legal scholarship is published in the New England Journal of Medicine, Journal of Empirical Legal Studies, and Journal of Clinical and Translational Science, among others. Her forthcoming book, “Telehealth Law & Policy in a Nutshell,” is under contract with West Academic Publishing. She teaches courses on telehealth law & policy and aging & the law.

MHAOnline.com: What do you wish the public understood about health law, policy, and compliance certificate programs?

Sklar: It is a missed opportunity to have the health sciences and law and policy in separate education pathways. Many people in healthcare often need and want to understand the clinical work alongside the regulatory and compliance requirements. Our health law & policy program at the University of Arizona has the tagline, “Transforming legal education to meet the needs of the future health workforce.”

MHAOnline.com: What advice would you give to aspiring health law, policy, and compliance certificate students?

Sklar: Many graduate programs focus on teaching within their discipline and have a fairly uniform student body of similar demographics and experiences. This was my experience in graduate school, and I believe it could be vastly improved upon.

With that in mind, we created the health law & policy program to support health professionals across disciplines from business, law, medicine, and biomedical engineering, as examples, to learn foundational health law competencies from academics, practitioners, and each other. The curriculum is stronger with a student body that offers diverse perspectives about how they engage with health law and policy.

Also, by being an online program, we have the added benefit of attracting students from all over the country and who are in a range of career positions, from just starting out to mid-career and nearing retirement.

When choosing which program is right for you, look for the one that aims to cultivate a passion for lifelong learning with its teachers and students, and provides coursework that would benefit health professionals (e.g., clinicians, administrators, policy analysts) from learning about core concepts to emerging issues in health law and policy field.

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