Health Law

Health Law Program


Healthcare is growing to consume nearly a fifth of the United States economy. It is one of the most highly regulated industries and, as such, there is an increasing need for lawyers with a specialty in health law and for health professionals to better understand the governing laws and regulations.

The Health Law program at the James E. Rogers College of Law prepares students for work in this exciting field, including bioethics, health insurance reimbursements, medical malpractice, regulatory science, Medicare fraud, facility licensure, access to care, quality assurance/compliance, and public health regulation.

The courses are created in collaboration with academics in other disciplines as well as leaders in the field. As a result, the curriculum, as a whole, helps students gain a better understanding of how laws and regulations operate within healthcare from a variety of stakeholder viewpoints.

Experiential Learning

Students have undertaken a wide range of health-related internships, including work with the general counsel’s office of the university’s academic medical center, and a number of global companies with headquarters in Arizona, including the Critical Path Institute and the International Society for Cardiovascular Translational Research. Working with Professors Spece and Sklar, students have also served on the hospital’s bioethics committee, co-authored papers, and performed grant-funded research. Law students also participate in the Interprofessional Education Program (IPEP), training with graduate students from medicine, public health, nursing, and pharmacy in realistic simulations on topics including pandemic flu governance and disability law.

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Key Contacts

Tara Sklar, JD, MPH
Professor of Health Law
Faculty Director, Health Law & Policy Program

Email Tara Sklar