Leadership positions in the health care field increasingly require expertise in both law and business. Attorneys who understand the multifaceted aspects of health care organizations as well as systems for the delivery and financing of health care are uniquely situated to serve their clients’ needs. Similarly, health care administrators who understand the complex and ever-changing legal and regulatory environment can better serve the enterprises they operate.
With one of the top-ranked health law programs in the country, Georgia State is poised to prepare the next generation of practitioners.
- Health Care Attorney
- Health Care Insurance Lawyer
- Health Care Administrator
- Compliance Officer
- Risk Manager
- In-house legal counsel for health care entities
- Health Law Legislator or Policymaker
- Health Care Law Lobbyist
- Medical Malpractice Attorney
Earn both degrees in a shorter time and at a lower cost than if pursued separately.
Students can also earn a Certificate in Health Law while completing their J.D./M.S.H.A.
How is this dual-degree different from the J.D./ M.B.A./ M.H.A.?
12 credit hours of graduate health administration courses with a grade of B or better will be credited toward the total 90 credit hours required to complete the J.D.
- J.D. Required Courses: 43 credit hours
- J.D. Elective Courses: 35 credit hours
- Must include:
- LAW 7239 Health Law: Quality and Access or LAW 7240 Financing and Delivery will be accepted in lieu of HA 8450 Legal Environment of Health Care
- 12 credit hours in health law
- Experiential course
- A substantial writing project
- Must include:
15 credit hours of J.D. courses with grades of B or better will be credited toward the total 36 credit hours required to complete the M.S.H.A.
- M.S.H.A. Required Courses: 12 credit hours
- HA 8160 Intro to the Healthcare System
- HA 8190 Healthcare Policy and Ethics
- HA 8250 Health Economics and Financing
- HA 8450 Legal Environment of Healthcare (waived for law students who take LAW 7239 Health Law: Quality and Access or LAW 7240 Financing and Delivery)
- HA 8550 Healthcare Planning and Financial Management
- M.S.H.A. Elective Courses: 9 credit hours
To pursue a dual degree, students must apply to and be accepted by both colleges and satisfy the curriculum requirements for both programs. Acceptance into one program does not guarantee acceptance to the other.
- Current J.D. students should seek admission into the M.S.H.A. program as soon as possible.
- Current M.S.H.A. students must apply for the dual degree before completing 21 M.S.H.A. credit hours.
- Prerequisites may be required for students based on their previous academic experience.
- LSAT is required. GMAT is required, unless the student is already enrolled at the College of Law.
Additional Program Requirements
- After students have been admitted to both the J.D. and M.S.H.A. programs and have declared intent to be enrolled in the dual degree program, they must, at the first opportunity, complete 30 semester hours of required courses in the J.D. program. After completion of these 30 hours, enrollment in the courses of either college or enrollment in both colleges concurrently is permitted.
- No credit hours of J.D. course work will be applied toward the M.S.H.A. degree requirements until the completion of J.D. degree requirements. No credit hours of M.S.H.A. course work will be applied toward the J.D. degree requirements until the completion of M.S.H.A. degree requirements. A simultaneous awarding of degrees will satisfy this requirement.
- The requirements for the M.S.H.A. degree must be completed within five years of the initial semester of enrollment in the M.S.H.A. program.
- The J.D. degree must be completed within seven years of initial enrollment in the J.D. program.
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