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Faculty Advisor: Jennifer A. Brobst

To complete the Specialization in Health Law and Policy and receive a transcript notation and certificate acknowledging the completion of the Specialization, students must complete at least 15 credits from the Approved List of Health Law and Policy Courses.

The minimum 15 credits must include:

  • Health Law Courses: at least 9 credits
  • Writing: at least 3 credits
  • Experiential Learning: at least 3 credits

Approved List of Health Law Courses

Note that no single course may count for more than one category below, but excess core or writing courses may count for the elective requirement.  Students obtaining more than one specialization may count a single course for both specializations, as long as the course meets the requirements of each specialization. 

1. Health Law Core and Elective Courses (at least 9 credits)

Students are required to take at least two of the following “core” health law courses:

  • Health Policy Law
  • Medical Malpractice Law
  • Bioethics and the Law
  • Public Health Law

Students may fulfill their 9-credit-hour course requirement by taking an additional elective course among the following courses:

  • Administrative Law
  • Privacy Law
  • Mental Health Law
  • Disability Law
  • Insurance Law
  • Medical Malpractice Rotation
  • Workers Compensation
  • Health law related Senior Seminar or Current Developments course (with the approval of the course instructor and specialization faculty advisor)

2. Health Law Writing (at least 3 credits)

Students are required to undertake a writing course involving a health law topic with a minimum of 3 credit hours. The student may satisfy this requirement with any of the following:

  • Health law related Senior Writing Seminar (with the approval of the course instructor and specialization faculty advisor)
  • Advanced Appellate Advocacy
  • Independent Study
  • Journal of Legal Medicine (at least 2 semesters as Staff member and 1 semester as Editor)
  • SIU Law Journal (writing a health law related commentary with approval of Journal and specialization faculty advisors) (at least 2 semesters as a Staff member and 1 semester as Editor)

3. Experiential Learning (at least 3 credits)

Students must complete a skills/experiential learning component for a minimum of 3 credit hours.  The experiential learning component must be taken for course credit.  The student may satisfy this requirement with any of the following:

  • Any SIU School of Law clinical course (Civil Practice (Elder Law), Domestic Violence, Juvenile Justice)
  • Public Interest Law Externship in a health law related area (e.g., Medical Legal Partnership of Southern Illinois at Land of Lincoln Legal Services, Equip for Equality, Missouri Department of Public Health)