Program Information

The Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law now offers a Masters of Laws (LL.M.) specialization in Public Health Law and Policy. This specialization is available to highly qualified candidates in public and private sectors with their J.D. (or first degree in law from outside the U.S.) through the College’s LL.M program beginning in the 2012/2013 academic year.

This LL.M. specialization at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law seeks to develop future practitioners and leaders in multiple areas of public health law and policy theory and practice. The College of Law offer graduate law students a unique opportunity to formally study global and domestic law with preeminent faculty and a diverse, talented student body. Specifically, the Public Health Law and Policy Program (PHLPP), directed by Professor James G. Hodge, Jr., which focuses on regional, national, and international public health law projects, provides unique opportunities for graduate law students.

Admission Requirements

Admission requirements for application to the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law are available from the Admissions department.

Public Health Law and Policy Curriculum

Core courses include law and policy classes focused on national and international health, public health, human rights, bioethics, international economics, and biotechnology. Additional coursework may delve into other areas of legal interest, including disabilities, environment, insurance, intellectual property, international trade, and patents. Significant opportunities for independent student research also exist through the PHLPP.

Degree Requirements

Students must take a total of 24 credit hours to earn the LL.M. degree. The concentration in Public Health Law and Policy denotes 6 credits of required classes; and provides for 9 credits of electives, for a total of 15 of the total 24 degree credits earned.

The required courses are:

Public Health Law & Ethics (2 credits)
Seminar in Advanced Issues in Public Health Law (1 credit)
Health Law & Policy (3 credits)

Example Elective Courses

Global Health Law & Ethics
Public International Law
Biotechnology: Science, Law & Policy
FDA Regulation
Genetics & the Law
Mental Health Law
Bioethics & the Law
International Human Rights
Law, Science & Technology
Medical Malpractice
Independent Study/Capstone
International Institutions
International Environmental Law
Healthcare Entrepreneurship Clinic
Disability Law
Insurance Law

Research Opportunities

Motivated candidates from governmental or private sector backgrounds may enhance their leadership skills by working on regional, national, and international projects at the intersection of law, policy, and health through the College’s Public Health Law and Policy Program, directed by Professor James G. Hodge, Jr.  Additional opportunities may exist through the Center for Law, Science, and Innovation, Center for Law and Global Affairs, and other law school affiliated entities.


Tuition costs are listed on the Admissions site.

For further information contact:

Sandra Erickson, Director of Graduate Law Programs, at or the Office of Admissions at 480-965-1474.