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Managing Legal Issues in Healthcare (Master's)

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The Managing Legal Issues in Healthcare master’s degree concentration is offered online or on campus at the University of Denver in the evenings, or in a combination of both, to meet the needs of busy adults. Students will explore the intersection of law and health systems as they navigate business and practice management in healthcare. Law as it relates to healthcare is the focus of this master’s degree concentration, which provides legal professionals, health providers, practice managers, and healthcare administrators the concentrated knowledge of how law and medicine must work in cooperation to assure better health, improved care, and lower costs while ensuring patient safety in healthcare.

Master’s degree students will acquire specialized skills related to the economic and legal structures associated with healthcare systems and delivery mechanisms in order to assess and respond to common legal and policy issues facing individuals and organizations within healthcare. The master’s degree curriculum focuses on healthcare law and policy issues including transactional law, professional liability, professional review, patient privacy, and anti-discrimination, discussed in relation to both inpatient and outpatient facilities and providers. Unique legal concerns related to academic and entrepreneurial medicine are addressed including research regulations, intellectual property and product development.

Principles of change management will be applied throughout coursework to provide leadership skills necessary to develop, facilitate, and maintain change across health systems. Master’s program graduates will be health leaders with a competency in the tools and skills needed to identify and triage legal issues that commonly present management challenges in organizations related to healthcare. Law professionals who pursue this concentration will acquire an overview of the healthcare industry and the management issues that require legal oversight. Customize your Healthcare Leadership master’s degree through the innovative Professional Options Curriculum using our convenient online degree builder tool, which allows you to select courses that cater to your specific career needs.

This degree prepares students to:


  • Analyze the intersection of law and healthcare in health administration

  • Assess legal and regulatory systems that impact healthcare payment and delivery

  • Explore legal issues which influence academic medical research and health entrepreneurism

  • Examine ethical considerations which affect healthcare

  • Identify business principles necessary to manage the legal components of healthcare systems

Healthcare Leadership Outcomes

This program prepares students to:

  • Manage and lead in a variety of healthcare settings
  • Develop the ability to create solutions to address the current trends and challenges facing the healthcare industry.
  • Identify and evaluate major healthcare reform efforts and proposals
  • Compare and contrast technological solutions to current issues in healthcare systems
  • Articulate responses to national and global healthcare challenges
  • Identify ethical and legal considerations pertinent to the delivery of healthcare

Required Courses

MPS in Healthcare Leadership with a concentration in Managing Legal Issues in Healthcare requires completion of 48 credit hours (12 courses)

Professional Foundation Courses - 12 qtr. hrs

Professional Foundations courses help students to understand the scope of activity, historical development, future direction and trends, and typical types and roles of organizations that operate within a career field.


Concentration Courses - 16 qtr. hrs (Choose 4)

Professional Concentration courses allow students to focus on a specific professional area within the larger industry sector in which they are working or wish to work, and master the skills needed to excel in that area.


Further Study - 12 qtr. hrs (Choose 3)

Further Studies Options allow students to customize their degrees to match their career needs by either choosing in-depth study in their concentration by selecting three of the following courses, or exploring other options by using our Degree Builder tool.


Core Courses - 8 qtr. hrs

The Graduate Research and Writing and Capstone Project courses are required for all master's degree students. The Graduate Research and Writing course prepares students for the writing and research assignments throughout their program, including the capstone project. The Capstone Project is the culminating academic endeavor of our degree programs, in which students explore a problem or issue within their field of study.



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Careers in Managing Legal Issues in Healthcare

Titles
Program Manager, Practice Manager, Healthcare Administrator, Medical Strategist, Healthcare Manager, Patient Advocate, Compliance Officer, Health Law Paralegal, Medical Device Developer, Healthcare Legal Counsel, Medical Practice Senior Executive Physician Leader, Government Health Advisor.

Duties
Strategizing, planning, compliance, advocacy, coordination, management, legal and policy analysis, presenting, problem-solving, interpretation and implementation.

Outlook
Job opportunities for healthcare professionals with knowledge of legal issues, or legal professionals with insight to the healthcare industry, are in high demand as healthcare continues to grow and transform—approximately 17% of the GDP is dedicated to healthcare in the United States, presenting economic and policy challenges for individuals, organizations, and governments.

Careers In Healthcare Leadership

Where need meets desire.
According to Explore Health Careers, a perfect storm is brewing for aspiring healthcare professionals, administrators, and managers as the number of patients with age-related health needs increases along with the number of health professionals retiring from the field in conjunction with emerging technologies changing the way we live and die, healthcare is the field to be in. Driven by major policy changes in the healthcare insurance industry related to access, transparency and relevance, job opportunities in clinics and outpatient care sites will increase dramatically in both urban and rural areas. Opportunities for medical and health services specialists are projected to grow by 16% through 2020, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. In fact, 25% of all new jobs created in the next several years will be related to the healthcare industry.

Technology transforms!
Healthcare is one of the fastest growing industries in the U.S.-rare and welcomed bright spot in the job market, according to a Monster.com report. Leadership roles are crucial in this period of change as healthcare policies and regulatory systems continue to evolve at the national level, as well as the cutting-edge technologies being made available to the public. Employment for medical records and health information technology professionals is expected to grow 20% within the next decade, much faster than the average, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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