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MJ in Health Law

As a health care professional, you know there's always more to learn. And, with health care constantly changing, there are always opportunities to develop new skills and enhance your career, be it in compliance, risk management, patient safety, privacy, consulting, or leadership. But you're also very busy. The Master of Jurisprudence (MJ) in Health Law is an online degree program designed to help you build the skills and knowledge to expand your career on your own schedule. You'll interact with faculty and leaders in the field, acquiring the expertise to navigate issues of health care law, regulation, and policy.

Should you choose to focus in compliance through our accredited program, you will be eligible to receive a Certificate in Compliance, enabling you to sit for compliance industry examinations.

Our commitment to you

Upon graduation with an MJ in Health Law, you will possess the following knowledge, skills, and professional values:

Knowledge

You will be able to describe the various laws and regulations that impact the health care industry and understand the challenges and opportunities they pose for providers, suppliers, payors, patients, and industry partners.

Skills

You will be able to:

  • Integrate laws and regulations into operational policies and procedures to yield best practice and compliance in a variety of health care provider and industry settings
  • Analyze ways that governmental, institutional, and professional policies directly and indirectly influence the health care industry
  • Demonstrate the skills and knowledge necessary to successfully pass the Compliance Certification Board Certified Healthcare Compliance (CHC) certification exam (for students enrolled in the Compliance Certificate option) or other professional certifications
  • Communicate effectively in a professional and credible manner

Professional Values

You will be able to advocate for the changes necessary to advance social justice and equity in the health care system.

By the numbers

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LOYOLA RANKED 6 IN THE COUNTRY IN HEALTH CARE LAW BY U.S. NEWS & WORLD REPORT IN 2018 SPECIALTIES RANKING

#1

IN HEALTH CARE LAW, ACCORDING TO LAW STREET MEDIA'S 2017 SPECIALTY RANKINGS

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ONLINE COURSES IN HEALTH LAW AVAILABLE TO MJ STUDENTS

Curriculum

You can choose to start the program in the fall term (early September), spring term (starting in January) or summer term (starting in May). Offered exclusively online, you can complete the program in 6 semesters (2 years, including summers).

Term 1

  • Introduction to Legal Study and Legal Writing

Term 2

  • Introduction to Health Law and Policy
  • Introduction to Legal Research

Term 3

  • Health Care Business and Finance
  • Health Care Regulation and Policy

Term 4

  • Electives

Term 5

  • MJ Thesis Project, Term 1
  • Electives

Term 6

  • MJ Thesis Project, Term 2
  • Electives

Elective Coursework in Terms 3–6

  • Advanced Health Care Compliance
  • Clinical Research Compliance
  • Compliance Seminar Series
  • Compliance Training Methods
  • Conducting Internal Investigations
  • Corporate Health Care Transactions
  • Drafting Policies and Procedures
  • Enterprise Risk Management
  • European Union Privacy Law
  • Food and Drug Law
  • Global Compliance
  • Health Care Compliance
  • Health Care Contracts
  • Health Care Privacy and Security
  • Health Insurance and Health Care Regulation
  • Health Law Seminar Series
  • Human Subjects Protection
  • Law and Bioethics
  • Leadership and Management Seminar Series
  • Legal Issues in eHealth
  • Liability and Dispute Resolution in Health Care
  • Medical Record Billing and Coding
  • Privacy Breach Incident Management & Reporting
  • Privacy Program Management
  • Public Health and the Law
  • Risk Management, Patient Safety and Quality

Education Immersion Weekends

In addition to the required curriculum for the MJ in Compliance and Enterprise Risk Management, you are required to travel to Loyola's Chicago campus at least twice during your program for Education Immersion Weekends (EIWs). Though you are encouraged to attend as many EIW sessions as you would like at any time in the program, you should plan to attend one EIW in your first or second term of the program to participate in orientation sessions. The second EIW or on-campus event can be scheduled at a time that is convenient for you (for example, to attend a symposium event or to participate in commencement). EIWs offer programming to reinforce learning objectives, provide a venue for networking, and foster communication among students, alumni, and faculty.

Degree Requirements

To earn your degree, you must complete 24 credits, including completion of a master's thesis. You must attend two Education Immersion Weekends at Loyola's Chicago campus. Visit our Registrar for a complete list of degree requirements, academic calendars, and registration process.

Admission

To apply for the MJ in Health Law program, you must possess a Bachelor's degree or its equivalent from an accredited college or university. You must also demonstrate a professional connection to the subject area through two years of professional experience.

  • August 1: Fall Term Application Deadline
  • December 1: Spring Term Application Deadline
  • April 1: Summer Term Application Deadline

Outcomes

Amy Lee

Student

“I have great interactions with faculty and other students, which provides a nice knowledge base to draw upon.”

Astara Crews, MJ'12

Alumni

“My MJ degree has provided knowledge and expertise that better position me to contribute to conversations surrounding the legalese and compliance of health care.”

April Nettleton, MJ'17

Alumni

“Everyone comes from a different background and you can learn so much from each other. ”

Tuition and Fees

The School of Law and Loyola's Office of Student Financial Assistance are committed to helping students secure the necessary financial resources to make their legal education at Loyola affordable.

FAQs

What can I do with my MJ degree?

Loyola's MJ in Health Law degree will increase knowledge and improve career opportunities in all types of health care organizations. The program is designed to help you develop leadership skills that will equip you to assume management positions within your organization or seek new opportunities.

Our graduates work in a variety of positions at the forefront of health law and policy, including as risk managers, compliance officers, paralegals, consultants, and executives at health care organizations, pharmaceutical companies, insurers, and non-profits.

Can I transfer credits from other schools?

Due to the unique nature of our online degrees, transfer credits are generally not accepted. Applicants or students seeking exceptions to this rule should request consideration of transfer credit in the application process.

What can I expect from the online course experience?

The MJ program is comprised of professionals from a variety of health care settings, including providers, insurers and payors, health systems. Students join the program at various points in their career and each student brings a unique background to the MJ program.Courses are taught by full-time faculty members at Loyola as well as leading practitioners, each experts in their fields. Each course is organized to teach key substantive areas and practical skills.

All courses are offered online through Loyola’s learning management system and consist of reading assignments, recorded lectures, quizzes or exams, bulletin board assignments, writing assignments, and live classes. Course materials are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Please review this short video for an overview of the online course platform and experience.

The US Department of Education requires any institution offering distance education/online programs to students outside of its home state to acquire authorization from the states in which students reside. Regulations vary from state to state. While Loyola University Chicago is authorized, exempt or pursuing authorization in most states, some restrictions apply. Please see our State Authorization page for the most up-to-date information.

Loyola University Chicago is registered as a private institution with the Minnesota Office of Higher Education pursuant to sections 136A.61 to 136A.71. Registration is not an endorsement of the institution. Credits earned at the institution may not transfer to all other institutions.