University of Arizona Colleges of Pharmacy and Law Launch Graduate Certificate in Health Law

The certificate is designed for graduate students and working health-care professionals who regularly encounter legal, regulatory and ethical issues in health care.
“Our goal is to help current and future health professionals and students understand the laws and regulations in their work setting to know how to innovate and improve outcomes to better meet patient needs.”

The University of Arizona College of Pharmacy and the James E. Rogers College of Law have launched a new online graduate certificate program designed for students and health-care professionals to acquire a fundamental understanding of the laws, regulations and ethics surrounding the health-care industry. The Graduate Certificate in Health Law for Health Professionals program is accepting applications and will begin in January 2019.

“This program provides a 360-degree view for students to study the practice and delivery of core legal and ethical concepts that regularly arise in health-care practice,” said Christopher Robertson, JD, PhD, associate dean of research and innovation and professor at University of Arizona Law. “Our goal is to help current and future health professionals and students understand the laws and regulations in their work setting to know how to innovate and improve outcomes to better meet patient needs.”

As part of the program, students will study federal laws and regulations that govern health professionals along with scope of practice licensing requirements. Additional topics covered in the certificate program include the balance between individual autonomy and government interests in protecting the public’s health and the moral responsibilities that come with being a health-care provider. The program consists of four courses (12 credits) that can be completed part-time in less than one year. All credits may be applied to a Master of Legal Studies degree.

“The courses intersect and build on each other to provide students an opportunity to identify, interpret and effectively communicate the legal issues that inevitably arise in the delivery of health care,” said Tara Sklar, JD, MPH, director of the Graduate Certificate in Health Law program and professor at University of Arizona Law. “In collaboration with industry experts, we also address emerging trends in health care from an ethical and legal perspective, such as advances in health IT with decision support methods, information exchanges and the growing use of telemedicine.”

The certificate is one of several new offerings in the UA College of Pharmacy aimed at expanding and refining skills for students enrolled in a health sciences graduate program and for practicing professionals. “Health law and the health-care environment is constantly evolving,” said Rick G. Schnellmann, PhD, dean of the UA College of Pharmacy. “This program provides additional training to educate students about the fundamental laws, regulations and ethical considerations that impact health-care delivery and practice.”

For more information or to apply, please visit the Graduate Certificate in Health Law for Health Professionals program or email LAW-HEALTH@EMAIL.arizona.edu. Deadline for applications is Dec. 15, 2018.