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Course Description

The nine-month program teaches bioethics through the lens of medicine, law and narrative.  Alongside academic coursework, the course incorporates a clinical skills component that will allow course participants to learn – and be assessed in – clinical competencies in preparation for real-life consultations in medical settings.  Upon completion of the program participants will have the critical tools needed to analyze and assess ethics cases, participate in ethics consultations and serve on hospital ethics committees.  Students who successfully complete the program will receive a Certificate in Clinical Bioethics.

Who Should Apply

Our students include physicians, nurses, therapists, social workers, clergy, hospital administrators, lawyers, judges, law and medical students, and other professionals who would benefit from a foundation in clinical bioethics.

New for Spring 2019

Clinical Bioethics Immersion Course (CBIC)

An intensive new course in clinical bioethics will be made available (beginning in the spring 2019) to students in our Clinical Bioethics Certificate program (as well as program graduates).  Participants in the new course will have the opportunity to apply knowledge and skills acquired in the existing Bioethics Certificate program in the clinical setting with the Northwell Health ethics consultation service.  That service conducts more than 250 consultations annually.

The Clinical Ethics Bioethics Immersion Course is a weekly practical hospital-based intensive immersion learning experience. The one-on-one immersion component of the course will be tailored to the individual participant’s learning needs, and will include a focused study of a specialty within clinical ethics.

Participants will have the opportunity to round with Northwell clinical ethicists, respond to case consultations as they naturally arise, simulate a family meeting, develop chart note skills, present ethics cases at weekly Ethics Overview meetings and discuss clinical ethics practice with program faculty as it occurs in various parts of the hospital. In addition, participants will participate in simulated ethics consultation.

Length of course is currently 4 weekly meetings

Who is eligible for Clinical Bioethics Immersion Course (CBIC)?

Students who are enrolled in the Hofstra Clinical Bioethics Certificate Course for 2018-2019.

Students who have already completed the Hofstra Clinical Bioethics Certificate Course and have received a certificate of completion may also apply.


Tuition for the nine-month Bioethics Certificate Course is $6900.00.

Tuition for the Clinical Bioethics Immersion Course is $1500.00

(You must enroll in the Clinical Bioethics Certificate Course to be considered for the CBIC).

Health Law is now a complicated, heterogeneous domain of law. Practicing Health Law may call for special skills in corporate law, bioethics, family law, Internet and technology law, and tort law, as well as in other areas of law.

The Health Law concentration program thus recognizes that to prepare students for the careers in Health Law, they must have significant flexibility to design programs of study that allow them to take advantage of the Law School’s broad curriculum, while offering the opportunity for greater specialization.

Accordingly, students may select between a general Concentration in Health Law and more specialized programs of study in Health Law and Bioethics and Health Law: Institutional Structures and Financing.

Faculty Concentration Advisors and Advisement

Professors Janet Dolgin, Jennifer Gundlach, Ashira Ostrow and Vern Walker serve as concentration faculty advisors for this Concentration. Concentration faculty advisors may modify the Concentration requirements in exceptional circumstances upon notice to the Dean.

Guidance from a student’s concentration faculty advisor is an important element of successful completion of the Concentration. A concentration faculty advisor must approve a student’s enrollment in the Concentration.

Students should meet with their advisor as soon as they find themselves interested in the Concentration, but in no event later than the course selection deadline for their fourth semester of study (or fifth semester of study for part-time students). At the initial meeting, students will select one track among the three offered (including the general Health Law track.)

An advisor may permit a student to enroll in the Concentration at a later date, but only after determining that the student can realistically meet the requirements of the Concentration prior to graduation.

Once enrolled in the Concentration, students must meet with their faculty advisor at least once per semester, prior to that semester’s course selection deadline, in order to plan their course selection and review their progress in fulfilling the Concentration’s requirements.

A student’s concentration faculty advisor must also review and approve the concentration writing requirement.

Students seeking admission to the J.D./M.P.H. program must first be admitted separately to the Law School and to the Master of Public Health program. All applicants must meet the requirements for full-time admission to the Law School.

Law students must complete the fully online M.P.H. program application, which requires:

  • All undergraduate transcripts.
  • GRE scores, but the LSAT may be substituted. International applicants for whom English is not their first language must also submit TOEFL scores.
  • Three letters of recommendation addressing the applicant’s potential for success in graduate school and the public health field.
  • A resume.
  • A written personal statement identifying areas of interest and reasons for seeking advanced training in public health.

The Law School will work with the School of Health Sciences and Human Services to ensure prompt consideration for all students accepted first into the Law School. The application fee will be waived for any students who have been accepted into the Law School.

Once an applicant has been admitted to both the J.D. and the M.P.H. program, he or she must also apply to the joint degree program. At present, the application — a written statement explaining the applicant’s interest in the joint degree program — must be sent to Professor Corinne Kyriacou in the School of Health Sciences and Human Services and Professor Janet Dolgin in the Law School. This statement is due by February 1.

Students may apply to the joint degree program during their first year in the Law School, during their first year in the M.P.H. program or before they begin their studies in either program as long as they meet the annual application deadline for admission to the other program as well as to the joint degree program during that academic year.

The advisory committee oversees admission to the joint degree program and will select the new J.D./M.P.H. class by March 1. The program is competitive; the class for any year will be limited to two students.

All first-year Hofstra Law students accepted into the J.D./M.P.H. program must remain in the top 40 percent of their 1L class at the end of their first year of law school as a condition of their acceptance.

Experienced health care and legal professionals can complete this master’s in health policy and law program in just 11 courses over 24 months. Learn to speak the language of the law and use it to set yourself apart as someone who understands the implications surrounding changing regulations and compliance challenges. Be the authority who explains how legislation and regulation directly affect health care decisions, the industry, patient care and the people of the United States. Examine the state and federal laws that have reshaped the health care system in recent years. Then use your new command of the law to define health care’s future.

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