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Editor: Katharine Van Tassel
Concordia University School of Law

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Health Law Program Updates: Hamline University's Health Law Institute

Health Law Prof Blog is starting a new feature to keep readers updated on some of the many changes in health law degree and certificate programs across the country over the past year or so. If you have health law degree or certificate program updates, please send them to me, Katharine Van Tassel at or, after June 30, at and I will post them for you.

As the new director of Hamline University's Health Law Institute (HLI), one of our two guest bloggers for the month of May, Thaddeus Pope, has agreed to kick-off this new column by posting this entry:    

Pope 3It is hard to believe that I am already more than halfway through my guest blogging visit, here, at the Health Law Professors blog.  I have written about my scholarship.  And, next week, I will write about combining scholarship with service and advocacy.  This week, I want to write about the program that I now direct:  Hamline University’s Health Law Institute(HLI).

At HLI, we offer specialized courses, clinics, and externships that instill real-life health law experience in our students.  Recently, we were excited to recognize 21 Hamline Law graduates who have earned their General Health Law Certificate and/or Health Care Compliance Certificate. 

Plus, through our National Speaker Series, Symposia, CLE events, and Online Health Care Compliance Certificate for working professionals, we take education beyond law students to the Upper Midwest’s stellar health care community of lawyers, managers, compliance officers, and policy makers.  The strengths of our program have not gone unrecognized.  HLI has again been ranked as a top 20 health law program in the U. S. News and World Report 2013 Edition. 

This summer, we are again offering five compact Health Law courses on our Saint Paul, Minnesota campus for both students and working professionals.  The courses are

     Health Care Compliance Summer Institute  (May 29 - June 7) 

  • Elder Law  (June 16 – 21)
  • Unhealthy Choices  (June 23 – 28)
  • Health Care Reform: Insurance, Exchanges, & Mandates  (June 8 – 10)
  • Health Care Reform: A New Age of Regulatory Enforcement  (June 11 – 14)

This summer, we are also excited to launch our Online Health Care Compliance Certificate Program, via iPad.  This is a one-year program designed for working professionals.  Once students complete this program they are eligible to sit for the Certified in Healthcare Compliance (CHC) Exam to demonstrate both that they have the requisite knowledge and that they meet the national standards set by the Compliance Certification Board (CCB).   

And beyond this summer, we have an exciting fall semester, including: (1) a panel discussing the Supreme Court decision in DHHS v. Florida (Sept. 12); (2) competing in the National Health Law Moot Court Competition (Nov. 2); (3) a law review Symposium on Legal & Medical Issues in End-of-Life Care (Nov. 9); (4) in conjunction with a special performance of Expiration Date at the Landmark Center (Nov. 8).

If you are going to be in Saint Paul during the upcoming academic year (or if you would like to visit), please let me know.  We are always looking for engaging speakers and diverse faculty visitors.  I look forward to hearing from you.

- Thaddeus Pope

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