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Joseph F. Rice School of Law

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Master of Studies in Law

Earn an online master’s degree in Health Systems Law in 30 hours with no GRE or LSAT.

Advance Your Career with an MSL in Health Systems Law

This 30-hour, post-bachelor’s degree is for health care professionals and continuing students who want to advance their career, mitigate risk for employers and navigate an ever-changing, health care landscape. Students will gain an advanced understanding of health care systems, applicable laws and regulations in the United States, and legal risks inherent to the field.

Taught by accomplished health care professionals and attorneys practicing in the field, this 100% online and on-demand graduate degree has no GRE or LSAT requirement.

This program is ideal for:

  • Hospital and public health administrators
  • Health care compliance officers
  • Health insurance compliance officers
  • Physicians
  • Nurses
  • Physician assistants (PA)
  • Pharmacists
  • Physical and occupational therapists
  • Attorneys and paralegals
  • Athletic trainers
  • Students interested in careers in the health care field


Students will take 27 hours of required coursework and three hours of elective coursework.

Required Courses (27 hours)    

Course Course Name Credits
LAWH 700 Introduction to the Legal System * 3
LAWH 701 Legal Foundations of Health Care Systems 3
LAWH 738 HIPAA and Electronic Medical Records 3
LAWH 716 Medicare Compliance for Medical Facilities 3
LAWH 736 Billing Compliance and Fraud 3
LAWH 722 Risk Management 3
LAWH 712 Ethics in Health Care Systems 3
LAWH 714 Health Care Contracting 3
LAWH 755 Directed Independent Study 3

*This requirement may be waived if a student has a J.D. degree or equivalent prior legal experience; in substitution, the student will be required to take both LAWH 710 and LAWH737

Elective Courses (3 hours)

Course Course Name Credits
LAWH 710 Public Health and Delivery Systems 3
LAWH 737 Billing Compliance and Fraud 3

Comprehensive Assessment

All master’s candidates must complete a comprehensive assessment to demonstrate knowledge acquired in coursework and apply it practically. The completion of LAWH 755 Directed Independent Study, which requires completion of a paper or equivalent project, will satisfy this requirement. Projects must reflect significant work addressing a hypothetical or real-world issue involving legal compliance or health law or policy. 


  • Resume/CV
  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university
  • Undergraduate degree performance
  • GRE or LSAT scores (optional)
  • Statement of interest in the program
  • Two recommendations from professional or academic references

Certificate in Health Care Law Compliance

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