Health care law involves a complex network of regulations governing medical care, bioethics, informed consent, aid in dying, reproductive health, mental health, patient privacy, insurance, professional accountability for providers, and business associations for hospitals, physician networks, and related entities. Health lawyers advise a staggering range of providers – individual doctors, nurses, and paraprofessionals, as well as organizations large and small—regarding multiple areas of law, including health care regulation, business law, nonprofit law, tax law, antitrust, employment law, and more. Health law also includes food, drug, and device regulation and public health law, which concerns the responsibilities and powers of government to protect the health of the population as a whole, including through action on the social determinants of health.
UCLA Law faculty offer strong curriculum in these areas and in related fields such as administrative law and regulation, business associations and transactions, technology and intellectual property law, tort liability and consumer protection, civil rights and disability law, reproductive justice, and critical theory. Law students and faculty connect with experts across campus at UCLA’s schools of medicine, dentistry, nursing, public health, public policy, and business management and in disciplinary departments such as economics, sociology, and philosophy.
The Health Law and Policy Program brings leading experts to UCLA’s campus to discuss cutting-edge issues and develop legal pathways for innovative solutions to some of the most pressing challenges of our time. Our Master of Legal Studies program allows students to pursue a specialization in health law. Our JD-MPH, JD-MBA, JD-MPP, and other joint degree programs allow students to chart an interdisciplinary course of study. Our Health Law Society offers opportunities for student leaders to develop their skills and networks. The Health Justice Initiative and the Sonke Health and Human Rights Fellowship for LL.M studies enrich UCLA Law as a hub for health law innovation. Our Program on Philanthropy and Nonprofits develops and shares scholarship and knowledge on issues relating to nonprofits, including tax policy, governance, and the role of nonprofits in promoting health and other social policies. Our health law faculty advise governments, think tanks, health care organizations, and individuals around the world, shaping the future of this dynamic and important field.