Health Law for Health Professionals Graduate Certificate

Designed for students and health professionals, the certificate program teaches how to navigate a highly regulated health care environment.

This program, offered in partnership between thee University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law and the College of Pharmacy, designed for individuals who do not wish to practice law, but regularly encounter legal and ethical issues in their health care professions. The certificate provides a sophisticated and nuanced understanding of how laws and regulations operate within health care organizations, business arrangements with insurers and providers, delivery of care, and scope of practice.

Relevant Coursework for Becoming a Legal Expert in Health Care

The courses include focused, individualized guidance and feedback to help students navigate the multifaceted and highly regulated health care environment.

Each course takes just over seven weeks to complete, and students may select any of the four courses below for a total of 12 credits. A Graduate Certificate in Health Law for Health Professionals will be awarded upon completion of four courses.

Prospective Students

This course is offered through UA Online. Current students as well as practicing healthcare professionals and alumni who have completed coursework are elgible to apply. 


Spring 2 (March-May) | Instructor: Laura Howard, PhD, College of Social and Behavioral Sciences
Explore moral questions faced by health care professionals. What rights and responsibilities come with the role of a health care provider? Should the provider always disclose the full truth about a diagnosis? Should patients have absolute rights over their own bodies?

Summer 1 (May-July) | Instructor: Leila Barraza, JD, MPH, College of Public Health
Examine the constitutional underpinnings of public health interventions, understand the respective roles of local, state, tribal, and federal governments with respect to public health, and reflect on the balance between individual rights and governmental interests in protecting the public’s health.

Spring I (Jan-March) | Instructor: Chris Mathis, JD, MPH, MPA, College of Law
Acquire a fundamental understanding of the financial management issues involved in the health law field, specifically related to reimbursement by third parties, federal and state government programs, health insurance plans, and self-funded programs. The growing field of long-term care insurance, planning, and placement will also be covered.

Summer 2 (July-August) | Instructor: Elizabeth Hall Lipsy, JD, MPH, College of Pharmacy
Gain an overview of the professional licensure and compliance requirements and the administrative, criminal and civil processes for non-compliance. Receive training in the role of expert witnesses in litigation from the deposition process to trial.

Fall 1 (Aug-Oct) | Instructor: Tracy Nuckolls, JD, College of Law
Become familiar with the different models and facility requirements for how health care is organized and delivered through licensure and the accreditation process. Discuss the latest advances in health care technology, including health information exchanges and telemedicine.

Fall 2 (Oct-Dec) | Instructor: Gondy Leroy, PhD, College of Management
This course introduces students to the Health IT discipline, including major applications and commercial vendors, decision support methods and technologies, information systems design and engineering, and new opportunities and emerging trends. Associated ethical and legal concerns with human-computer interaction issues will also be discussed.

Spring 2019 Course Offerings

Online and On Your Terms

The flexible program is designed to be completed at your convenience and is 100% online. No entrance exam is required for admission.


The cost is $650 per credit unit and excludes mandatory University fees.


Elizabeth Hall-Lipsy, JD, MPH
Program Manager, Health Disparities and Outreach
Assistant Professor, Pharmacy Practice and Science
Drachman Hall B207N