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Health Law

Health law is the federal, state, and local law, rules, regulations and other jurisprudence among providers, payers and vendors to the health care industry and its patients; and (2) delivery of health care services; all with an emphasis on operations, regulatory and transactional legal issues. Similarly, The Florida Bar defines it as "legal issues involving federal, state, or local law, rules or regulations and health care provider issues, regulation of providers, legal issues regarding relationships between and among providers, legal issues regarding relationships between providers and payors, and legal issues regarding the delivery of health care services." American University's college of law, in health law and policy, divides health law into 4 areas: health care law (focused on treatment), public and population health law (focused on prevention), bioethics, and global health law.

Health Law was first adopted as a separate legal specialty in which attorneys could become "board certified" and in which they could hold themselves out as a "legal specialist" or "legal expert" by The Florida Bar's Board of Legal Specialization in 1995. Later Texas adopted a similar program in 2002 modeling its program after Florida's.

Becoming Board Certified in Health Law can be a challenging process, structured to allow only those attorneys who are most qualified in the area to become certified by the bar or licensing authority.

One way in which an attorney in the United States can obtain additional education to practice health law or to use in becoming certified in the specialty of health law, is through one of the Master of Laws (LL.M.) programs that are offered by certain law schools. The LL.M. is considered to be a postgraduate law degree which shows a higher level of course work and study above the basic law degree (J.D. or B.S.L.). Some law schools with graduate law programs do offer a general LL.M. with a course emphasis on health law, global health law, public health law, forensic medicine or similar studies. Presently, twenty-five U.S. law schools offer health law programs.

In the U.S. particularly, medicine and the law are interconnected. The law intervenes to regulate the duty to treat, that essentially is ruled by contract law, which gives a doctor the right to refuse treatment, in the absence of an emergency, when no previous doctor patient relationship existed. However Doctors cannot discriminate because of disability, ADA, abandon a patient, or not render services in an emergency according to EMTALA (it aims doctors in emergency rooms, where they need to screen, stabilize and transfer. It also regulates the fiduciary duties of doctor-patient, such as privacy HIPAA, informed consent (battery unlawful touch), conflict of interests, (Moore case) etc.

Medical malpractice is also an area where law and medicine are interconnected, which it relates to the standard of care, where custom similar locality rule may apply. There may be different schools of thought, where reputability is the issue at hand, and alternative theories that can be based on the hand formula.

There are other aspects of importance within the area of medical malpractice, such as causation, where medical probability and loss of chance are present. Damages, where the value of life and tort reforms appear to differ, and affirmative defenses, within the doctrine of informed consent, where waivers cannot suffice. There are rules such as the discovery rule that states that the statute of limitations starts to run when the injury has been discovered and not when it took place.

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Loyola University Chicago
Four or more years; Private not for profit; $41,470 average out-state tuition; $41,470 average in-state tuition
Seton Hall University
Four or more years; Private not for profit; $38,400 average out-state tuition; $38,400 average in-state tuition
Widener University
Four or more years; Private not for profit; $43,296 average out-state tuition; $43,296 average in-state tuition
Georgetown University
Four or more years; Private not for profit; $51,720 average out-state tuition; $51,720 average in-state tuition
University of California-San Diego
Four or more years; Public; $39,516 average out-state tuition; $11,502 average in-state tuition
Nova Southeastern University
Four or more years; Private not for profit; $28,980 average out-state tuition; $28,980 average in-state tuition
University of Houston
Four or more years; Public; $21,084 average out-state tuition; $8,724 average in-state tuition

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Levy Scholars Program Scholarship

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Irving E. Carlyle Distinguished Law Scholarship

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Ralph Johnson Bunche Distinguished Graduate Scholarship

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Law Library Fellowship - Hamline Law

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