Certificate in Health Law and Compliance


Program Description

The program is offered only online

The healthcare industry is governed by a complex web of legislative, regulatory, executive, and judicial rules. All individuals working in healthcare are expected to abide by these rules, and failure to comply can lead to a multitude of consequences of varying severity. Yet, legal and regulatory issues are among the most frequently reported challenges that healthcare professionals face. In order to act in the best interest of patients and themselves, healthcare professionals need to develop their knowledge of healthcare law.

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Navigate the Legal and Regulatory Realities of Modern Medical Practice

  • JHLI’s Health Law Program ranks #16 in the U.S. (U.S. News & World Report 2018)
  • 120+ years of academic excellence are provided by DePaul University
  • “A” grade was awarded for JHLI’s Health Law Program from PreLaw Magazine

Program Outline

The Certificate in Health Law and Compliance familiarizes healthcare professionals with the most significant and applicable concepts and principles in health law and policy. Participants will learn to identify and apply legal rules, get to know essential terms, and describe the structure of laws relating to American healthcare. This 8-week course translates theory into real-world examples, enabling participants to spot issues in a complicated and shifting legal and regulatory environment.

Key Topics

  • Introduction to the U.S. legal system
  • Healthcare delivery systems (including Medicare, Medicaid, and health insurance law)
  • Medical malpractice
  • Duty to treat and EMTALA
  • Fraud and abuse statutes (including Stark/anti-kickback)
  • Oversight of healthcare quality
  • Licensure and accreditation
  • Compliance
  • Bioethics (Including informed consent, surrogate decision-making, and competency decisions)
  • Disclosure of adverse outcomes
  • HIPAA, cybersecurity, and EHR governance


  • Unit 1: The Legal System
  • Unit 2: Introduction to Healthcare Delivery Systems
  • Unit 3: Duty to Treat and Medical Malpractice
  • Unit 4: Fraud and Abuse Statutes
  • Unit 5: Fraud and Abuse Statutes, Continued
  • Unit 6: Quality and Compliance
  • Unit 7: HIPAA and Cybersecurity Risk Management
  • Unit 8: Bioethics, Informed Consent, Surrogate Decision-Making

Skills Acquired

  • Identify sources of law that impact the healthcare system
  • Understand how the law changes and evolves to improve cost, quality, access, and choice
  • Explain the role of private insurers, Medicare, and Medicaid play in financing healthcare services and understand the core characteristics that define each financing mechanism
  • State basic liability rules concerning the duty to treat, EMTALA, and medical malpractice
  • Explain how the professional custom standard of medical malpractice may conflict with the emergence of evidence-based practice
  • Identify potential FCA violations and Qui Tam reporting
  • Explain the difference between the Anti-Kickback Statute and Stark Law and potential defenses and penalties
  • Understand the role of privacy and cybersecurity from a compliance perspective
  • Explain the importance as well as elements of an effective compliance program
  • Describe the proposed approaches of quality control applicable to the practice of medicine
  • Explain the legal and ethical principles underlying first-person informed consent and surrogate consent to medical treatment

About the Partnership: DHGE and DePaul University

The partnership between Dignity Health Global Education and DePaul University unites the expertise of one of the largest not-for-profit healthcare systems in the U.S., through one of DHGE’s parent companies, and the largest Catholic university in the U.S. with 120+ years of educational experience.

Last updated Jul 2020

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