Online Graduate Certificate Programs in Health Law, Policy & Compliance


In 2017 the US Government Accountability Office estimated that over $52 billion was lost to fraudulent Medicare 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 to have earned 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 at their own pace 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.

Professors to Know in Health Law, Policy & Compliance

  • Carl Coleman, JD

    Seton Hall Law School

    Professor Carl Coleman is the academic director of the division of online learning as well as a law professor at Seton Hall Law School. He specializes in the ethical, public policy, and legal implications of medical treatment. He earned his Juris Doctor from Harvard University.

    A well sought after legal scholar, he has served as the Bioethics and Law Adviser at the World Health Organization (WHO), as a member of the Secretary's Advisory Committee on Human Research Protections (SACHRP), and as a member of the Consortium to Advance Effective Research Ethics Oversight (AEREO). He is a prolific author with recent publications and chapters on the regulation of physician’s speech, research with human participants, and how to make risk-benefit analyses.

  • Joseph Connors, JD

    Albany Law School

    Professor Joseph Connors is the director of Albany Law School’s health law clinic as well as a professor of law. He earned his JJD at the Albany Law School. His primary area of educational expertise is in teaching students how to represent individuals with chronic health conditions. Courses he frequently teaches are in health law and client interviewing and counseling.

    In 2007, he was the recipient of both the Distinguished Excellence in Service and the Distinguished Excellence in Teaching awards from Albany Law School. His research focuses on removing barriers to healthcare access for individuals with disabilities and preserving family integrity when facing healthcare challenges.

  • Patricia Davidson, JD

    Northeastern University School of Law

    Professor Patricia Davidson is a part-time lecturer at the Northeastern University School of Law. The rest of the time, she is a senior staff attorney for the Public Health Advocacy Institute, a Northeastern University Law School affiliated nonprofit. She earned her JD at UCLA’s School of Law.

    She has done extensive work in AIDS advocacy serving as a congressional liaison for the AIDS Action Council in Washington, DC, and as the American Bar Association’s first director of its AIDS Coordinating Committee. Her primary area of research is in emerging issues in public health law and climate change.

Kimmy Gustafson
Kimmy Gustafson

With a unique knack for simplifying complex health concepts, Kimmy Gustafson has become a trusted voice in the healthcare realm, especially on, where she has contributed insightful and informative content for prospective and current MHA students since 2019. She frequently interviews experts to provide insights on topics such as collaborative skills for healthcare administrators and sexism and gender-related prejudice in healthcare.

Kimmy has been a freelance writer for more than a decade, writing hundreds of articles on a wide variety of topics such as startups, nonprofits, healthcare, kiteboarding, the outdoors, and higher education. She is passionate about seeing the world and has traveled to over 27 countries. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Oregon. When not working, she can be found outdoors, parenting, kiteboarding, or cooking.

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