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Nova Southeastern University
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3200 S. University Drive
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33328

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Master of Health Science

Health Law Concentration

This concentration is offered through a partnership with our NSU Shepard Broad Law School. It is designed for allied health professionals who want to be introduced to the legal aspect of healthcare. For many, this knowledge is vital in today's health care environment.

All MHS courses are delivered and organized as distance learning.

For the Health Law concentration, 1 residential institute is required on the Fort Lauderdale campus. Summer institute is 1-2 days long.

15 credits total.

course namecredit hours
MHS 5003: Current Trends and Cultural Issues in Health Care
This course serves to familiarize the student with current and cultural issues in health care that may impact the patient, the health care system, as well as the ability to deliver high quality health care. Discussion and analysis of current trends and cultural topics facing those who work in health care will be explored.
MHS 5205: Writing for Medical Publication
Study and review of quality medical writing techniques, issues, and procedures with emphasis on cultivating personal style and content. Focus will be on writing for peer and evidence based publications.
MHS 5501: Epidemiology and Biostatistics
The ability to understand the conceptual and practical aspects of biostatistics and epidemiology in health care is critical to understanding research and analyzing population data about disease. This survey course will improve the ability of the student to understand and apply these concepts.
MHS 5510: Research Methods
This course is designed to enable participants to develop skills in reading and critically evaluating published research using the scientific model. The advantages and disadvantages of quantitative and qualitative research methods will be compared and contrasted. Research articles will be collaboratively analyzed to develop an appreciation of potential methodological problems and their implications for evidence based professional practice.
MHS 5530: Principles of Management in Healthcare
This course will discuss the various principles of management and its associated issues as they relate to the modern healthcare professional. The course will explore topics such as concepts of organizational management, decision making, strategic planning, resource management and allocation, conflict, and the concept of power.

10 credits total.

course namecredit hours
MHS 5309: U.S. Health Policy
This course will explore how US health policy is made and the interests and roles of various stakeholders and state, local and federal governments.  Students will analyze health policies and discern what impact proposed and executed health policies will have on health care entities, groups, individuals and healthcare practice. Students will gain the skills necessary to conduct a policy analysis that examines a health care or public health issue or concern.
MHS 5207: Practicum
The practicum is a cumulating experience for M.H.Sc. Students. Under supervision of an M.H.Sc. faculty advisor, students will develop community- based, health promotion and disease prevention interventions with underserved and/ or non-traditional populations.

18 credits total.

course namecredit hours
Legal Research Methods and Reasoning
(Includes a 1 credit on campus institute)
4 (Online)
Tort and Contract Law 3 (Online)
Risk Management 2 (Online)
Administrative Law 2 (Online)
Legal and Ethical Issues in Healthcare 2 (Online)
Law Accreditation / Licensing OR
Law of Patients Rights and Advocacy
2 (Online)
Pharmaceutical Law
(includes a 1 credit on campus institute)
3 (Online)

**Please note that students in this track fall under the following course schedule. Students varying from that schedule may run into financial aid award difficulties and will fall out of sequence sequence for the health law courses, affecting timeframe for completion.

Students in this track should consider themselves in a locked-step schedule. In order to be eligible for financial aid, a student must be enrolled for a minimum of 3 credits per term.

  • Tuition for MHS courses: $300 per credit hour
  • Tuition for MHL courses: $545 per credit hour

Start date is each July

MHS CoursesMHL Courses
Research Methods (3 credits)
Summer (Term 1)
MHL 1010 Institute on campus I (1 credit) Saturday and Sunday attendance.

MHL 1020 Legal Research Methods and Reasoning (3 credits)

MHL 1040 Legal Perspectives on Health Care Ethics (2 credits)

Writing for Medical Publication (3 credits)
APA Writing Seminar (2 credits)
Fall (Term 2)
MHL 1030 Admin. Law (2 credits)
No MHS course this term
Winter (Term 3)
MHL 1060 Tort and Contract Law (3 credits)
Epidemiology and Biostatistics (3 credits)
Spring (Term 4)
MHL 1090 Law Accreditation / Licensing (2 credits)


MHL 1080 Law of Patient's Rights and Advocacy (2 credits)

Principles and Practices of Management in Healthcare (3 credits
Summer (Term 5)
MHL 2000 Institute on campus II (1 credit) Sunday and Monday attendance only.

MHL 2020 Legal Negotiation (2 credits)

MHL 2030 Law of Risk Management (2 credits)

Internship (5 credits)
No MHL course
No MHS course (continuation of internship)
No MHL course
Practicum (5 credits)
No MHL course
No MHS course (continuation of practicum)
No MHL course

Total credits for the Master of Health Science Degree with a Concentration in Health Law: 41