Online Master's in Health Law & Policy Programs

Healthcare is one of the most regulated industries in the world, and the introduction of an estimated 10,000 pages of legislation in the Affordable Care Act (ACA) added thousands of new regulations and policies and millions of new patients. With trillions of dollars invested in healthcare and a rapidly evolving legal landscape, the stakes and complexities in the area of health law and policy have never been higher. Those with a comprehensive understanding of both healthcare and law and how they interact with each other can not only advance their career but also advocate for better patient care and reformed legislation.

Healthcare law reaches into a vast number of professions. Advanced practice nurses, paralegals, physicians, insurance professionals, community service managers, and social workers can all benefit from furthering their education by obtaining a master’s degree in health law and policy. Such master’s degrees are often paired with a law school but do not require a Juris Doctor (JD) or Law School Admission Test (LSAT) score to attend, thus providing an excellent legal education that bolsters one’s current career track instead of deviating from it.

Professionals who do have their JD, however, can pursue a master of laws (LLM) in health law and policy to specialize in the legal intricacies that affect large corporations, small businesses, local governments, and patients alike. With a field as sprawling as healthcare, sub-specialties and minor concentrations reach across the spectrum, and whether one is considering a role in the public or private sector, options exist for a deeply targeted education—whether as part of an LLM, a master of health policy, or even a focused specialization in compliance.

The Affordable Care Act passed in 2010, and there’s a growing demand for interpretation, implementation, and further reform advocacy by educated professionals. With the new American Healthcare Act looming on the horizon, the demand for these skills is expected to only increase. Fortunately, some of the world’s best universities and professors are training a new crop of specialists to meet that demand, and the programs are more accessible than ever.

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Professors to Know in Online Master’s in Health Law & Policy Degrees

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    Paul Arshagouni,MD - Argosy University

    Dr. Paul Arshagouni is the associate dean of graduate and distance education programs at Western State College of Law at Argosy University, where he teaches courses in the law of patients' rights, legal perspectives on healthcare ethics, and healthcare as an employee benefit. He received his doctor of medicine from the University of California, Irvine, and his master of public health and JD from University of California, Los Angeles. Before entering the legal profession, Dr. Arshagouni served as director of pediatrics at a community clinic and a clinical professor at UC Irvine. Since going into legal academics in 2002, he has published scholarly articles and given keynote presentations on the subject of surrogacy laws, the bioethical foundations of assisted reproductive technologies, and healthcare reform.

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    Janet L. Dolgin, PhD - Hofstra University

    Dr. Janet Dolgin is a professor of law at Hofstra University, where she teaches classes such as bioethics and public health policy. She received her doctorate in anthropology from Princeton University and her JD from Yale University. Much of her work focuses on the intersections between those two fields—particularly in analyzing legal responses to shifts in the family and the structure of healthcare. She has written many scholarly articles, co-authored a course book on bioethics and law, and directed numerous conferences on health law and policy, and co-authored books. Dr. Dolgin is currently the director of the Gitenstein Institute for Health Law and Policy, as well as co-director of the Hofstra Bioethics Center.

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    John Jacobi, JD - Seton Hall Law School

    Professor John Jacobi is the faculty director of the Health & Pharmaceutical Law & Policy Program at Seton Hall, where he teaches courses in topics such as public health law, disability law, and health finance. He received his JD, magna cum laude, from Harvard Law School. Whether through his work as special assistant to the commissioner at the New Jersey Department of the Public Advocate or as senior associate counsel to the Governor of New Jersey, Professor Jacobi has applied much his energies and expertise to advocate for the health and civil rights of disadvantaged populations. John Jacobi has served and continues to serve on numerous government and nonprofit boards and committees.

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