M.J. with a Concentration in Health Law

Health Law Program for Health Practitioners, Policy Makers and Researchers

Georgia State University College of Law, through its Center for Law, Health & Society, offers a fully online master of jurisprudence (M.J.) with a concentration in health law. This program offers non-lawyer health professionals the opportunity to advance their careers by developing a fuller understanding of the role of law and policy in health fields. Courses provide an introduction to U.S. law, health care systems and compliance, as well as coverage of specific topics such as health care liability, financing and access.

The M.J. is tailored to meet the needs of working professionals and is a two year, part-time program. All courses meet asynchronously online so that students can complete lessons and assignments as their schedules permit and can be located in Atlanta or anywhere across the country. Courses are offered in mini-mesters, allowing students to focus their studies on two topics at a time.

Requirements

The M.J. is a 30 credit hour, two year, part-time program.

Program of Study

Year 1
Half-Semester A
3 Credit Hours Year 1
Half Semester B
4 Credit Hours
Intro to Health Care Systems 2 Intro to Health Care Systems 2
Current Health Law Topics 1 Provider Liability 2
Year 1
Half Semester C
4 Credit Hours Year 1
Half Semester D
4 Credit Hours
Institutional Liability 2 Legislative and Regulatory Process 2
Health Care Financing 2 Management of Structure of Health Care Enterprises 2
Year 2
Half-Semester A
3 Credit Hours Year 2
Half Semester B
4 Credit Hours
Intro to Confidentiality 2 Elective Course 2
Intro to Compliance 2 Elective Course 2
Year 2
Half Semester C
4 Credit Hours Year 2
Half Semester D
3 Credit Hours
Elective Course 2 Capstone 3
Elective Course 2    

 

Note: initially, electives will focus on the regulation of health care, with later expansion to include public health, human rights, health science and bioethics electives.

Capstone

In the final semester of the program, students will prepare a capstone project designed to integrate the subject matter from their course of study to analyze an issue or problem (identified in consultation with their advisor) from their current or desired work environment.

Extracurricular Activities

M.J. students are invited, although not required, to participate in extracurricular activities through the law school, including events and conferences, many of which are organized by the College of Law’s Center for Law, Health & Society and are simulcasted or recorded.

Grades

Students must remain in academic good standing throughout the duration of the program. A minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 is required for all courses taken in satisfaction of the M.J.

Apply

Applicants to the M.J. must submit an application through LSAC . All applicants are required to create an LSAC account.

The following documents are required:

  • Application
  • Curriculum vitae or resume
  • Personal statement describing background and experience, interest in the M.J. and career goals
  • Two letters of recommendation from employers, past professors or others who know the applicant in a professional capacity
  • Transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions attended; and
  • A professional or academic writing sample

At a minimum, applicants must have a bachelor’s degree and 3 years of experience in a health-related field. The LSAT and GRE are not required.

Note, credits earned toward the M.J. program are not transferable to the J.D. program at Georgia State Law.

Contact

Questions? Contact Stacie Kershner (J.D. ’08), associate director of the Center for Law, Health & Society, at lawandhealth@gsu.edu or 404-413-9088.