Online Master of Legal Studies – Healthcare Law and Administration Emphasis

Are you a health care professional with an interest in the legal framework that governs health care operations, policies and patient care? A Master of Legal Studies with an emphasis in healthcare administration may be an ideal fit for you. Upon graduation, you’ll be prepared to navigate the legal complexities and regulatory landscape of modern health care systems.

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Quick facts

Next start date:

Next start date: 08/22/2024


Total classes:

Total classes: 10

Weeks per class:

Weeks per class: 7.5

Total credit hours:

Total credit hours: 30

Degree questions, answered.

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What you’ll learn in this healthcare law and administration master’s emphasis

Studying health care law and administration can provide you with the insights and skills needed to steer organizations through current and future legal challenges. With the ability to choose from a variety of courses, you’ll learn about topics ranging from patient privacy (HIPAA) concerns and end-of-life care decisions to protecting organizational financial stability and health care facility regulations. Additional key areas include:

  • Compliance management.
  • Health care insurance laws.
  • Health care policy.
  • Health care regulations.
  • Health information management.
  • Medical ethics.
  • Medical malpractice.
  • Patient rights and advocacy.
  • Risk management.

Who’s a good candidate for this MLS program?

This MLS emphasis is designed for health care practitioners and administrators who don’t want to practice law, but seek to understand how laws impact health care systems and the patients they serve. This program is an ideal choice for those who either need specialized knowledge in health care law or want to gain a competitive edge in their career. As the health care industry continues to grow, so does the demand for professionals who can understand and translate new rules and regulations to improve the health of people and populations.

Are you interested in exploring other MLS emphasis areas? Check out the additional specialization options in addition to the general Master of Legal Studies degree program.

How does this MLS compare to a master’s in health care administration?

This MLS with an emphasis in health care law and administration provides non-lawyers with a deep understanding of legal considerations that impact the health care industry. Your courses will have a targeted focus on topics such as compliance, medical malpractice, information management and regulatory issues.

By comparison, a master’s in health care administration is ideal for those who are interested in a business-driven curriculum. Key topics may range from budgeting and data analysis to health care management and quality improvement.

What is a degree emphasis? Is it the same as a concentration?

A degree program’s emphasis is similar to a concentration, but there are key differences.

  • A concentration is a formalized selection of courses within a major. A concentration requires a minimum of 15 credit hours of which at least nine credit hours must be upper division. Your concentration appears on both your ASU diploma and your transcripts.
  • An emphasis is a selected topic area defined within the major. It’s typically 9–12 credit hours and doesn’t need to be officially declared. The emphasis will not appear on your diploma or transcripts.

Will my diploma say ‘online’?

No, Arizona State University’s diplomas don’t specify whether you earn your degree online or in person. All diplomas and transcripts simply say “Arizona State University.”

Please note your diploma will state the degree you earn: Master of Legal Studies. Your emphasis in healthcare law and administration will not appear on your diploma or transcripts.

Health care law and administration master’s courses

This program will provide you with the flexibility to choose coursework that aligns with your career goals. In addition to a foundational law and a program core course, the remainder of your courses will be in your emphasis area or electives.


Core

U.S. Law and Legal Analysis


Elective

Data Privacy and Protection


Elective

​​​​​​​Fundamentals of Contract Law


Elective

Healthcare Industry Compliance


Elective

Health Insurance Law


Elective

Medical Malpractice


Elective

Risk Assessment and Management


Elective

Tort Law


The jobs this MLS emphasis prepares you for

As a graduate, you’ll be equipped with legal knowledge and skills that can help you reach the next level in your health care career. Pursuing an MLS emphasis in health care law and administration can support your growth in roles including, but not limited to:

Chief medical/nursing officer

Clinic administrator

Hospital administrator

Medical practice administrator

Medical school faculty

Nurse

Nurse Practitioner

Physician

Physician assistant

Learn from leading experts in health care law and administration

The faculty members in the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law have more than 300 combined years of experience. Hailing from across the country, they’re nationally recognized for their wealth of knowledge. ASU Law’s world-class faculty members provide comprehensive legal education in popular focus areas and address legal challenges on a global scale.

Learn from leading experts in health care law and administration

The faculty members in the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law have more than 300 combined years of experience. Hailing from across the country, they’re nationally recognized for their wealth of knowledge. ASU Law’s world-class faculty members provide comprehensive legal education in popular focus areas and address legal challenges on a global scale.

How to apply

Applicants to the Master of Legal Studies program must fulfill the requirements of the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law.

U.S.-educated applicants can apply through our FastApp process, which streamlines the application process and may allow for an offer of conditional admission to the MLS program while the applicant continues to submit any additional requested documentation.

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Study at one of the best law schools in the country

The Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at ASU is one of the top schools in the nation. The college provides personalized and practical legal education. Offering more than 250 unique courses, students have the opportunity to tailor their educational experiences to meet their unique interests and accelerate their career growth.

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Tuition calculator

Use our calculator to estimate your full-time or part-time tuition fees for this program prior to any financial aid. Keep in mind that most of our students receive financial aid, which can reduce out-of-pocket costs. Learn more.

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