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Certificate in Health and Hospital Law

 

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The graduate certificate in Health and Hospital Law is designed for professionals seeking to enhance their knowledge of legal, regulatory, and ethical issues related to the delivery of healthcare. The target audience includes hospital administrators and compliance officers, physicians, nurses, and other healthcare professionals, state and federal regulators, and patient advocates. Lawyers transitioning into the health arena would also find it very helpful.

Each course takes eight weeks to complete, and you may take them in any order you choose. Courses offered are:

Number Name Credit Offering

HLTH7524

Children's Health and the Law

This course examines the law governing medical treatment of minors, with an emphasis on the tension between parental authority, the child’s needs and wishes, the duty of medical professionals to provide adequate care, and the state’s interest in protecting the child from harm. Topics covered include:

  1. Religious objections to treatment

  2. Mental health and substance abuse treatment

  3. Reproductive healthcare

  4. The withholding or withdrawal of life-sustaining treatment

  5. Medical neglect and medical child abuse

  6. Public health and bioethical issues affecting children

3

online

HLTH7685

Clinical Research and the Law: Compliance Issues for Research Sponsors

This course examines the responsibilities of life science companies and other entities responsible for the initiation, management, and/or financing of clinical trials in the United States, the European Union, and elsewhere in the world. Topics covered include good clinical practice (GCP) compliance, clinical trial agreements, clinical trial registration and results reporting, access to clinical trial data, managing conflicts of interest, reimbursement issues, and the implications of anti-bribery laws and U.S. fraud and abuse laws for clinical research.

3

online

HLTH7680

Clinical Research and the Law: Ethical and Regulatory Issues in Designing Clinical Trials

This course immerses students in the laws, regulations, and ethical guidelines applicable to designing clinical research in the United States, the European Union, and elsewhere in the world. Topics covered include an overview of the regulatory framework in the US, the EU, and other regions; the role of international ethical guidelines; ethical and regulatory considerations in choosing a study methodology; informed consent; confidentiality and data protection; the inclusion of women and minorities in clinical research; pediatric research; and post-trial obligations.

3

online

HLTH7670

Compliance Issues for Healthcare Providers

This course introduces students to the primary areas of law that impose compliance obligations on healthcare providers. Topics covered include:

  1. Nonprofit corporation law

  2. Laws governing state and federal tax exemptions

  3. Federal fraud and abuse laws (including the Anti-Kickback Statute, the False Claims Act and the Stark Laws)

  4. Patient safety and quality

  5. Peer review and credentialing processes

  6. Medical error and safety programs

3

online

INDL7550

Cybersecurity and Privacy: Law, Policy, Compliance

This course examines the legal, policy, and compliance challenges raised by efforts to protect the Internet and other forms of networked computer systems from attack by hackers, organized criminal groups, terrorists, and others. Topics include:

  1. Threats to cybersecurity

  2. Domestic and international Internet governance

  3. The Computer Fraud and Abuse Act

  4. U.S. and European Union privacy law and personal data protection

  5. War, international terrorism, and U.S. surveillance law

  6. Private information infrastructure and the law of emergencies

  7. Emerging compliance frameworks for cybersecurity

3

online

CORP7180

EU Data Protection and Privacy Law

This course introduces students to the legal regime governing information privacy, data protection, and data security in the European Union. Topics covered include the privacy jurisprudence of the European Court of Human Rights, the EU Data Protection Directive and the General Data Protection Regulation, data protection authorities, international data transfers, and cybersecurity in Europe.

3

online

CORP7160

Global Corruption: Regulation, Compliance, and Enforcement

This course introduces students to the theory and practice of global anti-corruption compliance. Topics covered include the definition, identification and measurement of corruption; the OECD Convention on Combatting Bribery of Foreign Public Officials; the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act; the UK Bribery Act; anti-corruption laws in other countries; investigation, enforcement and resolution of corruption activities; jurisdiction, corporate liability and individual responsibility; and anti-corruption compliance programs and international organizational responses.

3

online

HLTH7504

HIPAA Privacy and Security

This course explores the federal regulatory scheme designed to protect the privacy and security of health information. Topics covered include:

  1. Entities and information to which HIPAA applies

  2. When consent is required for the use and disclosure of health information

  3. Types of health information requiring heightened protection

  4. Use of health information for research and marketing

  5. Security measures required to protect digitized health information

  6. Individuals’ right to access their health information

  7. Business associate agreements

  8. HIPAA compliance and enforcement

3

online

HLTH9509

Law of Death and Dying, The

This course explores legal, ethical and public policy issues related to end-of-life medical care. Topics covered include:

  1. Cost of end-of-life care
  2. Supreme Court end-of-life jurisprudence
  3. Advance directives and POLST
  4. Minimally conscious state
  5. Challenges at the beginning of life
  6. Physician-assisted suicide

3

HLTH7690

Stark Law and Compliance

This course provides an opportunity to explore, in-depth, the federal physician self-referral prohibition, known as the Stark Law. Topics covered include:

  1. Key elements of the Stark Law
  2. Regulatory exceptions to the Stark Law
  3. Identification of non-compliance
  4. Implications of Stark Law violations
  5. Mitigating risk of legal exposure under Stark
  6. Structuring compliant physician relationships

3

online

HLTH7660

The Law of Patient Care

This course provides an overview of key legal, ethical, and regulatory issues related to the provision of medical care. Topics covered include:

  1. The formation and termination of the provider-patient relationship

  2. The Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act (EMTALA)

  3. Medical malpractice

  4. Informed consent

  5. Medical confidentiality (including HIPAA compliance)

  6. Treatment decisions for patients who lack decision-making capacity

  7. Treatment decisions for children and adolescents

  8. Mental health treatment

3

online

 

A Certificate in Health & Hospital Law will be awarded upon completion of three courses.  You must take any three courses listed above, in any order you choose.

Materials for the certificate programs are drawn from a broad range of statutory and regulatory texts, agency guidance documents, enforcement actions, settlement agreements, judicial decisions, and expert commentary. Through a series of multimedia presentations, guided discussions and individually supervised writing projects, students learn to interpret legal documents and assess their practical implications for healthcare providers.

All of our graduate certificate courses offer intensive, individualized feedback, as well as an opportunity to develop the practical skills necessary to research and communicate effectively about the law.

All nine credits earned in the graduate certificate program can be applied towards the Master of Science in Jurisprudence degree.

We offer our graduate certificate programs during our spring, summer and fall semesters. New course sessions begin five times per year.

To apply for admission into Seton Hall Law’s certificate program in Health & Hospital Law, please submit the following:

  1. Official baccalaureate degree transcript from an accredited college or university
  2. Current resume

*No entrance exam is required for admission.


 


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