Advanced Certificate in Health Law & Policy

Careers related to the health care and bio-tech industries, particularly near the Law School’s campus in Westchester, are on the rise. Health care jobs sit at the intersection of science, technology and the law. Skilled lawyers will be needed in so many areas of this field, including understanding the implications of new regulations, advising health-related corporations and organizations on transactional and compliance matters, and influencing policy. The Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University is uniquely suited to provide graduates with the skills they will need to compete in this new marketplace.
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Advanced Certificate Requirements

The Advanced Certificate in Health Law & Policy is awarded to JD students upon their graduation from the Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University.

To earn the Certificate, students must earn 15 credits, with the following required courses:

Health Law in America (4 CR)
Bioethics and Medical Malpractice (3 CR)
Public Health Law (3 CR) and
Healthcare Lawyering Skills (2 CR)

The remaining credits may be satisfied with a list of electives. Courses include: Accounting for Lawyers, Cannabis Law: Practice & PolicyConstitutional Law Seminar: End of Life Issues, Corporate Finance, Elder Law, Environmental Litigation and Toxic Torts, Food Systems Law, Guided Research or Directed Research (Health Law topic), Externship: Legal Services/Public Interest/Health Law, Health Law & Policy Seminar (Healthcare Compliance)Health Law & Policy Seminar (Health Equity), Insurance LawLegislative and Regulatory Process, Nonprofit OrganizationsSkills Workshop: Law[yering] & Science, and more. 

Students must submit an application for the Advanced Certificate in Health Law & Policy to the Registrar’s Office during the semester prior to their graduation.

Please contact Jessica Bacher for additional information.

Health Law & Policy Research and Projects

Land Use, Human Health, and Equity Project:

The Land Use Law Center has launched a Land Use, Human Health, and Equity Project, which will make accessible effective land use tools for strengthening public health and environmental protections in urban communities in response to the pandemic. These strategies can contribute to communities’ healthy and resilient post-pandemic futures while also reinvigorating cities’ climate change management capabilities. Through a team of two dozen student researchers led by Professor John R. Nolon, this project addresses climate change and COVID-19 by discovering local solutions. More information on this project can be found on our GreenLaw blog.

Additionally, as part of the Elisabeth Haub School of Law and Francis King Carey School of Law Weekly Environmental Law Colloquium series, Professor Nolon spoke recently about this project in his presentation on “Safe Buildings and Neighborhoods -- Balancing Property Rights and Government Regulation in Time of Emergencies.” View Professor Nolon’s presentation.

Read about the Land Use Law Center's Land Use, Human Health, and Equity Project

Watch Prof. John Nolon's presentation on “Safe Buildings and Neighborhoods- Balancing Property Rights and Government Regulation in Time of Emergencies”.

Health Law & Policy Seminar on Health Equity:

Prof. Barbara Atwell offers a new Health Law & Policy Seminar on Health Equity.

This class will explore the unique challenges that people of color, immigrants, members of the LGBTQ community, the disabled, domestic violence survivors, those suffering from mental health challenges, the poor, the disabled, and others are confronted with when they interface with our health care system. The class will address legal institutional structures that need to be reformed or dismantled in order to achieve health equity for all. Course information.

Students address COVID-19 issues in research:

The Advanced Certificate is particularly topical in these times, and we anticipate only growth in the need for healthcare lawyers. Haub students are already at work addressing COVID-19 issues. Haub Law students, Morgan Dowd, Marissa Cohen, and Matthew Pappalardo provided substantial assistance to the NYS Bar Association’s Health Law Section, in particular to the Task Force which was created to address legal and ethical issues raised by COVID-19. Read more here and here,

Mandating the COVID-19 Vaccine: A Legal Analysis Article:

Morgan Dowd’s ‘20 article titled Mandating the COVID-19 Vaccine: A Legal Analysis was published in the Health Law Journal, a publication by the Health Law Section of the New York State Bar Association. Read here.

Chernobyl: Bridging the Gap Between International Nuclear Law and Public Health Article:

Current law student, Melissa Montoni’s article Chernobyl: Bridging the Gap Between International Nuclear Law and Public Health was published in the Health Law Journal, a publication by the Health Law Section of the New York State Bar Association. Read here.

Complex Regulations Push Employers Toward Voluntary Vaccination Programs, Not Mandates Article:

By Lauren Hammer Breslow, JD, MPH, Health Law and Policy Program Advisor

As COVID-19 vaccines become increasingly available, employers have been thrust into the spotlight on the public health question of whether or not to mandate vaccination for employees.

Despite strong evidence that mandatory vaccines best serve public health, a rubric of laws making mandatory programs complicated to deploy is leading many employers to favor vaccine encouragement policies. Read the full article.

The Environment and Health Issues

The following Environmental Law program courses relate to environmental health:

  • Environmental Litigation Clinic – Clinical Advocacy;
  • Environmental Law Survey;
  • Climate Change Law;
  • Food Systems Law;
  • Access to Justice Seminar; and
  • Agriculture & Environmental Law.

Environmental Litigation Clinic advocacy side intersects with environmental health. Each case that the Clinic works on relates to reducing pollution (enforcement) or forcing agencies to take a closer look at the environmental impacts, including health impacts, from a project (SEQR/NEPA).

The Environmental Law Survey course intersects directly with issues relating to environmental health. Core statutes studied in the class (TSCA, CAA, CWA) index the requirements of regulation to human and ecological health impacts; the National Environmental Policy Act compels the consideration of environmental impacts, including health, in the context of decision making.

Prof. Kuh’s Climate Change Law course provides the opportunity for students to research and write on one of the many areas where climate change intersects with environmental health. The content is centered on strategies for achieving mitigation (more centrally, litigation and policy).

Prof. Pollans’ course in Food Systems Law identifies the human health costs of food production, including those related to food consumption, food production, and labor in the food system. It evaluates a range of legal tools that seek, to varying degrees of success, to protect public health at every stage along the food supply chain. Agriculture & Environmental Law focuses on the environmental footprint of food production, exploring, among other things, the legal tools that seek to reduce the public health impacts of this footprint.