Health Law Track
Penn Law offers a Master in Law degree with a focus on Health Law to provide students and professionals working or planning careers in healthcare, health sciences, and related areas including physicians, nurses, regulators, researchers and others with an in-depth understanding of health law and legal principles to help them navigate this complex and highly-regulated field.
The program’s specialized curriculum is geared to students and health professionals in a field increasingly defined by regulation and new service delivery models. Graduates of the program will develop legal knowledge and key analytical and critical thinking skills that will prepare them for careers in healthcare, as leaders of health practices and medical institutions, and so much more.
“Health law is one of the Law School’s areas of great strength, and we are delighted to be able to open our doors to the wider Penn community,” said former Penn Law Dean Michael A. Fitts. The Master in Law degree program is designed to satisfy a desire on the part of many health practitioners to deepen their understanding of how health reform is impacting utilization of medical services and driving profound changes in their profession.
The Master in Law program may be completed on a full-time (one year) or part-time basis. The curriculum grounds students first with a foundation in law and legal analysis and then allows them to develop deeply specialized knowledge through electives in health law and related areas.
Health Law Track Curriculum
The ML Health Law Track Foundational Courses Include:
- Introduction to U.S. Law and Legal Methods
- Introduction to Health Law and Policy
- Introduction to General Business Law
- Navigating the Regulatory State
Additional ML foundational courses may be applied toward the ML degree:*
- Introduction to Technology Law and Ethics
- Introduction to Patent Law
- An Introduction to American Constitutional Law
Upper Level Law Courses May Include:**
- Drug Product Liability Litigation
- Regulation of Health Insurance Markets
- Pharmaceutical Regulation and Enforcement
- Public Health Law & Policy
- Mental Health Law
- Intellectual Property and Patent Law
- Privacy Law
- Other courses from our upper level law curriculum (Consult CourseFinder for available courses in any given semester)
Take a class with us
Penn Law and the Master in Law program welcome you to explore our Master in Law classes and the Master in Law degree by taking a course with us. For more information about taking individual classes at the Law School, please visit the Registrar’s website.
*While typically four ML foundational courses are taken with four upper level law courses to complete the ML degree requirements, ML students may take more than four ML foundational courses but must include at least one upper-level law course in their ML study plan.
**Upper Level Law course offerings are not guaranteed to repeat each year as they are dependent on faculty availability. These course offerings are finalized prior to Penn Law’s Advance Registration period for the following semester.