Center for Law in Science and Global Health


The Center for Law in Science and Global Health evolved from the School of Law�s Health Law Program which began in 1994. The guiding focus of the Center is multidisciplinary research and teaching that explores the increasing relevance of law and policy to clinical medicine, health care systems, global health, and biomedical research. The Center began with its Concentration Track in health law for J.D. students. In addition, the Center now oversees its new Health Law LL.M. Program; three concurrent degree programs: J.D./LL.M., J.D./M.H.A. and a J.D./M.P.H. in Public Health Genetics and Health Services.

Health Law LL.M. Program

Health Law is a dynamic, growing area of specialized legal practice and the University of Washington is leading the way.  Our Health Law LL.M. Program harnesses the strengths of internationally known schools of law, medicine, public health, and public policy to create a multidisciplinary, collaborative approach for improving individual and global health.

Concurrent Degree Programs

  • J.D./M.H.A.
    The J.D./M.H.A. concurrent degree program offers students the opportunity to combine in-depth professional educational training in health administration and law so that they will be equipped and prepared to work in both venues, or in positions requiring understanding of both.

  • J.D./M.P.H. in Health Services
    Graduates with the joint degree will not be limited to the traditional career opportunities of legal work in a law firm, but will also have the ability to move more directly into government, national, and international agencies and public interest organizations focusing on public health and health care issues, services, and resources. 

J.D. Program Health Law Concentration Track

Established in 1996, the J.D. Concentration track seeks to provide law students with an understanding of health law from a regulatory, financing, liability and ethics perspective. Students are required to take courses on health care finance, medical negligence and biomedical ethics. In addition concentration track students must complete a substantial analytic writing project in health law and are encouraged to engage in the health law-focused externship. Several of the courses are cross-listed between the law school and the public health school, medical school, public affairs, Jackson School or department of philosophy.

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