Distance Learning

Hofstra To Offer Graduate Online Degrees in Health Law

Hofstra University Law School is launching two new online graduate degree programs dealing with the fast-growing field of health law.

In a partnership with Pearson, the Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra in Hempstead, N.Y., will now offer a master of arts in health law and policy and a master of laws in health law and policy.

Pearson will host the learning management system, provide help desk support and take responsibility for marketing, recruiting, faculty technology training and course design and development.

The impetus for both degree programs is the tremendous growing need in health care for specific legal knowledge, triggered by new government regulations, laws and mandates.

The master of arts degree program will be open to both lawyers and non-lawyers, but targeting doctors, insurance professionals, hospital administrators and clinicians who need more proficiency to interact with the legal system in their work. The program will require 30 credit hours with 11 courses, which can be completed in two years.

The master of laws degree program will target legal professionals who want to focus their practices on the field of health law. That program will require 25 credit hours, nine courses and about 18 months.

Each of the programs is set to launch this fall.

"We have seen a real demand for legal training among health professionals, and these programs help meet this critical demand," said Hofstra Law Dean Eric Lane. "Offering the degrees online continues our tradition of being at the forefront of legal education, distinguishing Hofstra Law as an innovator in legal online learning."

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Michael Hart is a Los Angeles-based freelance writer and the former executive editor of THE Journal.

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