Online Master’s Programs in Health Law & Policy

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 health law and policy have never been higher. Those with a comprehensive understanding of healthcare and law and how they interact with each other can advance their career and advocate for better patient care and reformed legislation.

Healthcare law reaches 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.

However, Professionals with their JD can pursue a master of law (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 was 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

  • Janet L. Dolgin, PhD Hofstra University

    Dr. Janet Dolgin is a professor of law and the Jack and Freda Dicker Distinguished Professor in healthcare law at Hofstra University, where she teaches or has taught 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, 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.

  • John Jacobi, JD Seton Hall Law School

    John Jacobi is the Dorothea Dix professor of health law & policy at Seton Hall, where he teaches or has taught courses in topics such as public health law, disability law, and health finance. Through his work as special assistant to the commissioner at the New Jersey Department of the Public Advocate and as senior associate counsel to the Governor of New Jersey, Professor Jacobi has applied much of 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.

     

    He received his JD, magna cum laude, from Harvard Law School and his BA, summa cum laude, from the State University College of New York at Buffalo.

  • Tara Sklar, JD University of Arizona College of Law

    Professor Tara Sklar is the Director of the Health Law & Policy Program at the University of Arizona, where she launched and oversees a suite of 35 online courses in health law across several programs: aging law & policy, telehealth law & policy, and guest lectures throughout the health law curriculum.

     

    Sklar’s research examines the role of laws and policies in influencing the health and well-being of older adults. Her work is published in leading peer-reviewed journals, including the New England Journal of Medicine, the Journal of Empirical Legal Studies, and the American Journal of Law & Medicine, among others. Her research is also regularly featured by top media outlets such as NPR, PBS, The Conversation, and Harvard Law’s Bill of Health. She completed her JD from the University of Houston Law Center, her MPH from the University of Texas Health Sciences Center, and a BA from Tulane University.

  • Jordan Paradise, JD Loyola University Chicago

    Jordan Paradise currently serves as the Georgia Reithal professor of law and co-director of the Beazley Institute for Health Law & Policy at Loyola University Chicago. Previously, she served as the Schering-Plough professor of law at Seton Hall University’s School of Law where she was a faculty member of both the Center for Health & Pharmaceutical Law & Policy and the Gibbons Institute for Law, Science, & Technology.

     

    Her research efforts are focused on the intersection of science, technology, and law and her primary focus is in the life science realm. Her publications have appeared in both peer-reviewed and legal publications. Her program areas include health, food & drug, administrative, and property law. Professor Jordan completed her JD from Chicago-Kent College of Law and her BS from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

Matt Zbrog
Matt Zbrog
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Matt Zbrog is a writer and researcher from Southern California. Since 2018, he’s written extensively about emerging issues in healthcare administration and public health, with a particular focus on progressive policies that empower communities and reduce health disparities. His work centers around detailed interviews with researchers, professors, and practitioners, as well as with subject matter experts from professional associations such as the American Health Care Association / National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL) and the American College of Health Care Executives (ACHCA).

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