OU College of Law has designed programs for both nonlawyers and lawyers to master the complexity of Healthcare Law.
This program offers a strong foundation in healthcare law for nonlawyers dealing with regulatory, compliance, contractual, and legal issues. With increasing complexity in healthcare related to the Affordable Care Act, OU’s College of Law has tapped its considerable expertise to develop an online program to meet this demand.
This program allows lawyers practicing healthcare law to further their specialization and provides a comprehensive legal foundation for lawyers wanting to transition to healthcare law practice.
To apply to the online M.L.S program, applicants must hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university (or the international equivalent).
To apply for the LL.M. program, applicants must have earned their first law degree — LL.B., J.D., or equivalent.
Your experience is important. Include detailed and professionally formatted documentation of your past education and work experience.
Include a 300–500-word statement on career goals and how the program aligns with those goals. Address educational history, including any disparity in undergrad GPA, and significant life events leading to the decision to apply to graduate school.
The program does not require the LSAT exam; however, students must be proficient in the English language. If English is not an applicant’s primary language, please refer to the OU Admissions website to review English proficiency requirements.
This course examines the United States court system, the role of the Constitution in the United States legal system, and other foundational materials in United States law. You will gain an understanding of how law functions with various aspects of our society and how it plays an increasingly significant role in conflict resolution, civil liberties, contracts, and property agreements.
This course will cover the different legal forms of a healthcare organization, including nonprofit, physician-owned, government-owned, and hospital systems. You will become familiarized with the contents and roles of organizational documents, governance issues, fiduciary duties, issues for tax-exempt organizations, and the relationships between physicians and tax-exempt entities.
This course is designed to introduce you to the laws, agencies, and other bodies that license, regulate, and discipline physicians. Topics covered include licensing proceedings, hearings, and the healthcare entity policies addressing these issues.
This course provides you with working knowledge of the business side of medicine, including medical record documentation, coding, and billing. You will gain an in-depth understanding of the legal role of the medical record, including obligations for the organization as well as its support for reimbursement of services.
This course will cover public health insurance, including Medicare, Medicaid, government hospitals, and other government-financed health programs. In addition, you will learn what treatment is required of anyone coming into an Emergency department by the Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act (EMTALA).
This course covers federal physician self-referral law, commonly known as the Stark Law, as well as fraud and abuse law. Topics include:
This course will cover health information law and policy as it pertains to data security and privacy of electronic health records in the United States. You will examine how individual health information is collected, maintained, and transferred as well as the ramifications when such information is improperly protected, stolen, or misused.
This course focuses on antitrust issues that are relevant to healthcare providers, including hospital mergers, physician mergers, virtual mergers, and joint ventures. Topics include:
This course will discuss how healthcare providers and institutions can be held liable as well as the consequences of agency and contractor status. Additionally, you will examine the elements of negligence in cases involving healthcare professionals.