America's No. 1 Program In Health Law
|The University of Maryland Francis King
Carey School of Law's Law and Health Care Program has been ranked
first in the nation in U.S.News
& World Report's 2015 Best Graduate Schools. The ranking was
based on votes from law faculty around the country working in the field
of health law.
The pioneering program focuses on training students and supporting
research in health-related legal and policy issues including health
care reform, disability law, the legal and ethical questions
surrounding the emerging field of genetics and personalized medicine,
and racial and ethnic disparities in access to health care.
"The Law and Health Care Program's No. 1 ranking recognizes the
wide-reaching and interprofessional approach to teaching health law
that is critical in today's evolving health care environment," said University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB), President Jay A. Perman, MD.
The program's emphasis on interdisciplinary and interprofessional
education involves faculty and students from the Carey School of Law, as well
as UMB's schools of medicine, pharmacy, dentistry, nursing, and social
work who collaborate on initiatives ranging from health and human
rights to food and drug law.
"Health law is a very broad area," said Diane Hoffmann, JD, MS, director of
the Law and Health Care Program, and professor of law (pictured). "We have health
law courses on the business of health care, such as fraud and
abuse, and hospital law, as well as courses in public health law, HIV
and AIDS law, bioethics, and food and drug law and policy."
Since the program's inception in 1997, more than 350 students have graduated with
a law degree and a concentration in health law, recognizing their
completion of at least 17 credits in health law through classroom,
experiential learning, and research and writing courses.
"I am delighted that faculty at law schools across the country have
recognized the high caliber of our Law and Health Care Program. But I'm
not surprised," said Phoebe A. Haddon,
JD, LLM, dean of UM Carey Law. "The work of our faculty
and students is not only original, but practical. It's improving the
lives of people touched by an increasingly complicated health care
system every day."
"We have lots of externship opportunities at state and federal agencies
as well as hospitals in Baltimore and Washington, D.C.," Hoffmann
said. "And we have students who do externships at U.N. AIDS in Geneva,
and who have been placed at the World Health Organization's Office of
The Journal of Health Care Law &
Policy, which is part of the Law and Health Care Program, also
offers students the opportunity to acquire experience in research,
writing, and editing. Launched in 1998 as one of the few scholarly
journals to bridge the legal, public policy, and scientific fields, it
is published twice yearly and covers a range of topics including the
legal and public health challenges of substance abuse, the legacy of
tobacco litigation, and the legal and regulatory obstacles to vaccine
Faculty within the program work with researchers at other schools on
the campus on emerging topics in medicine, science and law. A grant
from the National Institutes of Health's Human Microbiome Project
supports research on federal regulation of probiotics, with Hoffmann as
a co-principal investigator in conjunction with research scientists at
the Institute for Genome Sciences at
the School of Medicine.
The project was supported by a three-year grant from the National
Institutes of Health (NIH) as part of the Ethical Legal and Social
Implications component of the Human Microbiome Project.
Faculty within the program are also examining regulation of genetic
testing, human subjects research, pain management, HIV/AIDS law, and
much more. The scholarly work of the Law and Health Care Program is
used in policymaking on both the federal and state levels.
Students who choose to earn their Health Law Certificate have access to
externship opportunities to work with nonprofit and governmental
agencies dealing with health law issues, providing them with practical
experience working in the field.
Interdisciplinary events and initiatives are another major focus of the
Law and Health Care Program. Recently, the program held a Health Law
and Regulatory Science Competition that challenged students to come up
with innovative new ideas on topics such as Food and Drug
Administration regulations of drugs and medical devices, health care
fraud issues and compliance with NIH and FDA
ethical research requirements.
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