Center for Health Law & Policy | School of Law | SIU

Southern Illinois University



Center for Health Law & Policy  | School of Law | SIU

Center for Health Law & Policy

The Center for Health Law and Policy at SIU School of Law was founded in 2004, through the efforts of Gene Basanta, now Professor Emeritus in the SIU School of Law and School of Medicine, and his partners, after 20 years developing one of the most longstanding health law programs in the nation. The purpose of the Center is to enhance legal education in the rapidly evolving field of health law, with a focus on research dissemination, scholarship, and interdisciplinary community service.

The Center continues to expand, offering support for an extensive array of opportunities in health law education, including:

  • Innovative and core curricula, including courses such as Rural Health Law, Scientific and Medical Evidence, Health Policy Law, Public Health Law, Mental Health Law, Bioethics, Medical Malpractice, and the Medical Malpractice Clinical Rotation
  • Specialization in Health Law with a concentration of health law courses
  • LLM and Masters in Legal Studies degrees in health law
  • Southern Illinois Healthcare/SIU Medical Legal Partnership LLM Fellowship
  • Dual Degrees with the SIU Schools of Medicine (JD/MD) and Social Work (JD/MSW)
  • Student publication opportunities staffing the American College of Legal Medicine’s Journal of Legal Medicine, Legal Medicine Perspectives, and Legal Medicine Q&A, as well as the Illinois Association of Healthcare Attorneys monthly newsletter
  • Law and Medicine Society student leadership organization
  • National Health Law Moot Court Competition and intramural moot court competition
  • Coaching of law student teams in health law competitions across the United States
  • Clinical and externship opportunities with an emphasis in health law, including semester-in-residence health law and policy programs, partnerships with the SIU Clinical Legal Program, and partnerships with the national award winning rural Medical Legal Partnership between Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance and Southern Illinois Healthcare

The Center’s interdisciplinary partnerships benefit the region, alumni, and the wider professional community, providing programs such as:

  • The Health Policy Institute, with national speakers, supported by First Health Medical Provider Class, represented by SL Chapman LLC, Southern Illinois Healthcare, and Sandberg Phoenix & Von Gontard, PC
  • The Ryan Bioethicist Distinguished Lecturer in Residence, supported by the Garwin Family Foundation
  • Expert Witness training by Center faculty and students in the SIU School of Social Work Trauma Based Behavioral Health Fellowship Program
  • Interdisciplinary Ethics Day, a joint program for all first year law, medicine and graduate level social work students at Southern Illinois University
  • Global Summer Continuing Legal and Medical Education courses (e.g., Germany, Australia)