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April Moreno
Program Director
University of Houston Law Center
Health Law & Policy Institute
4604 Calhoun Road
Houston, TX 77204-6060
(713) 743-2101
E-mail: healthlaw@uh.edu

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Health Law & Policy Institute

Albertus Magnus Statue

ACADEMIC PROGRAMS

J.D. PROGRAM

The Health Law & Policy Institute offers one of the largest curricula in health law of any law school in the country. For most of the health law courses and seminars, the basic overview course, Health Law, is a prerequisite and is taught each semester. Students have access to classes and research opportunities with leading scholars in diverse areas, including: health finance systems; disability law; health information exchange; genetic data; health care quality and access improvement; integrated provider organizations and questions of individual rights in health care; and biomedical research.

For further information, you may contact the Office of Admissions directly at:

University of Houston Law Center
Office of Admissions
4604 Calhoun Road
Houston, TX 77204-6060
Telephone: (713)743-2280
lawadmissions@uh.edu

NATHAN ANDERSEN

“The health law program at UHLC exposes students to both academic and practical aspects of health law, allowing the individual to gain an appreciation for the many specific areas of law that are encompassed within the general term ‘health law.’ The program provided a pathway to confidence and poise, allowing me to constructively manage the various issues encountered while serving as in-house counsel for a hospital.”

NATHAN ANDERSEN, LL.M. ’08
Senior Legal Officer
The University of Texas Medical Branch

LL.M. PROGRAM

The UH Law Center offers a Master of Laws (LL.M.) in Health Law, which according to the LL.M. Guide, is one of the top 10 worldwide. The program has graduated over 200 attorneys since beginning in 1992. Students must complete 24 credit hours, including a minimum of 18 hours in health law courses. Students also have the option of writing a 50-page thesis. Many LL.M. students combine classes with research projects, externships, or other practice or policy experiences. They frequently publish their research.

For additional application information, please send inquiries to:

LL.M. Program
University of Houston Law Center
4604 Calhoun Road
Houston, TX 77204-6060
(713) 743-2890
llm@law.uh.edu

J.D./LL.M. PROGRAM
The UH Law Center offers a joint J.D./LL.M. degree program which allows students to earn both degrees in 3.5 years (105 credit hours). University of Houston law students are eligible to apply for the joint J.D./LL.M. program after the completion of 30 credit hours. Joint degree students must meet all J.D. and LL.M. degree requirements in order to complete the program.
For additional application information, please send inquiries to: llm@uh.edu

J.D./M.P.H. PROGRAM

The J.D./M.P.H. Program offers students the ability to pursue a concurrent J.D. degree from the UH Law Center and a Masters of Public Health from The University of Texas School of Public Health (UTSPH), Health Sciences Center at Houston. By receiving joint credit for courses approved by both institutions, a student may earn both degrees in a shorter time. The joint degree allows students to concentrate their studies on such areas as health services delivery, occupational and environmental health, access to insurance, patient safety issues, and other public health concerns.

J.D./M.D. PROGRAM

Students can receive a concurrent J.D. from the UH Law Center and an M.D. from Baylor College of Medicine in six years of full-time study. Students in this program attend their first, second, and fifth years of study at Baylor College of Medicine; start their law school curriculum during their third and fourth years; and complete both degrees in their sixth year.

For additional application information, please send inquiries to:

Office of Admissions
Baylor College of Medicine
One Baylor Plaza, Rm. N104 MS BCM 110
Houston, Texas 77030
713.798.4842
admissions@bcm.edu  

QUIANTA MOORE

“The dual J.D./M.D. program helped position me to have a successful career in health policy. Health policy is a difficult field to break into, but having both degrees gives me a unique perspective and understanding of the complexities of health care and health policy, which has set me apart from others working in the field.”

QUIANTA MOORE, M.D., J.D. ’09
Scholar in Health Policy
Baker Institute for Public Policy
Rice University

J.D./Ph.D. PROGRAM

The J.D./Ph.D Program allows students to obtain a J.D. from the UH Law Center and a Doctorate in Medical Humanities from the Institute for the Medical Humanities at the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) at Galveston in five to six years. The medical humanities program trains teachers, clinicians, researchers, and administrators in the health care professions to address critical issues such as ethical problems in clinical practice health policy, bioethics, and law and link them with literature, history, anthropology, and religion. Students in this program are eligible to apply 9 hours of approved credits taken at the UH Law Center toward their Ph.D. coursework and to apply 12 hours of approved classes taken in medical humanities toward their J.D.

SEMESTER IN HOUSTON

Second- and third-year law students in good standing at an ABA-accredited law school can apply to spend a semester at the UH Law Center studying health law. Students may also enroll in other courses at the UH Law Center, the UTMB at Galveston and the UTSPH at the UT Health Sciences Center at Houston. Students transfer credit to their home institution according to that institution’s requirements. Students in the program have “visiting” status and receive their law degrees from their home institutions. Students can also take any specialty courses at UHLC and transfer those credits to the J.D./LL.M. program.

HEALTH LAW EXTERNSHIPS
Students may earn academic credit by serving in externship positions in nonprofit or public entities with an accompanying classroom component. Numerous placements are available in the Houston area, including hospital general counsel offices, hospital risk management departments, government and compliance agencies, the Texas Legislature, and nonprofit advocacy groups.