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Program Overview

The healthcare industry is governed by a complex web of legislative, regulatory, executive, and judicial rules. All individuals working in healthcare are expected to abide by these rules, and failure to comply can lead to a multitude of consequences of varying severity. Yet, legal and regulatory issues are among the most frequently reported challenges that healthcare professionals face. In order to act in the best interest of patients and themselves, healthcare professionals need to develop their knowledge of healthcare law.

Navigate the Legal and Regulatory Realities of Modern Medical Practice

JHLI’s Health Law Program ranks #16 in the U.S. (U.S. News & World Report 2018)
of academic excellence provided DePaul University
awarded for JHLI’s Health Law Program from PreLaw Magazine

Program Outline

The Certificate in Health Law and Compliance familiarizes healthcare professionals with the most significant and applicable concepts and principles in health law and policy. Participants will learn to identify and apply legal rules, get to know essential terms, and describe the structure of laws relating to American healthcare. This 8-week course translates theory into real-world examples, enabling participants to issue spot in a complicated and shifting legal and regulatory environment.

Key topics

  • Introduction to the U.S. legal system
  • Healthcare delivery systems (including Medicare, Medicaid, and health insurance law)
  • Medical malpractice
  • Duty to treat and EMTALA
  • Fraud and abuse statutes (including Stark/anti-kickback)
  • Oversight of healthcare quality
  • Licensure and accreditation
  • Compliance
  • Bioethics (Including informed consent, surrogate decision-making, and competency decisions)
  • Disclosure of adverse outcomes
  • HIPAA, cybersecurity, and EHR governance


Participants of the Certificate in Health Law and Compliance will earn the following skills:

  • Unit 1: The Legal System
  • Unit 2: Introduction to Healthcare Delivery Systems
  • Unit 3: Duty to Treat and Medical Malpractice
  • Unit 4: Fraud and Abuse Statutes
  • Unit 5: Fraud and Abuse Statutes, Continued
  • Unit 6: Quality and Compliance
  • Unit 7: HIPAA and Cybersecurity Risk Management
  • Unit 8: Bioethics, Informed Consent, Surrogate Decision-Making


  • Identify sources of law that impact the healthcare system
  • Understand how the law changes and evolves to improve cost, quality, access, and choice
  • Explain the role of private insurers, Medicare, and Medicaid play in financing healthcare services and understand the core characteristics that define each financing mechanism
  • State basic liability rules concerning the duty to treat, EMTALA, and medical malpractice
  • Explain how the professional custom standard of medical malpractice may conflict with the emergence of evidence-based practice
  • Identify potential FCA violations and Qui Tam reporting
  • Explain the difference between the Anti-Kickback Statute and Stark Law and potential defenses and penalties
  • Understand the role of privacy and cybersecurity from a compliance perspective
  • Explain the importance as well as elements of an effective compliance program
  • Describe the proposed approaches of quality control applicable to the practice of medicine
  • Explain the legal and ethical principles underlying first-person informed consent and surrogate consent to medical treatment

Key Program Features

DHGE students have access to 3,000 free Regus workplaces

Access to thought leadership pieces from expert professionals

Curriculum addresses current healthcare issues and translates theory into real-world examples

Co-created by one of the largest not-for-profit healthcare systems in the U.S.

Co-created by one of the Best Midwestern Colleges in the U.S. (The Princeton Review’s The Best 384 Colleges 2019)

JHLI’s Health Law Program ranked #16 in the U.S. (U.S. News & World Report 2018)

DePaul ranked one of the Best National Universities (U.S. News & World Report 2018)

Experiential learning via video, case studies, projects, discussions, and career-relevant tools

Modularized learning helps manage workload

Earn CEUs and badges

190,000+ Alumni in the DePaul Network

DePaul provides 120+ years of academic excellence


About the University

Established in 1984 and endowed by the Jaharis Family Foundation in 2015, the Mary and Michael Jaharis Health Law Institute (JHLI) at DePaul University College of Law consistently ranks among the top in the nation. JHLI offers students coursework and externship opportunities that reflect the diversity of health law, from community health to high-tech healthcare, making DePaul a leader in the education of future generations of health law partners, policymakers, and critical thinkers.

JHLI’s mission is to respond to the ethical, legal, and moral challenges in the healthcare field through systematic and innovative approaches that influence policy development. To fulfill this mission, in addition to course offerings, JHLI offers cutting edge programming, engages in groundbreaking research, and works collaboratively with local and national leaders on efforts to eliminate social barriers in healthcare. Through such initiatives, JHLI has earned a strong local reputation and has gained national and international attention for its work.

Meet our Contributors


Valerie Gutmann Koch


Valerie Gutmann Koch is a Jaharis Faculty Fellow at DePaul University College of Law and the Director of Law and Ethics at the University of Chicago’s MacLean Center for Clinical Medical Ethics. Previously, she was a Visiting Assistant Professor at IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law and Senior Attorney as well as Special Advisor to the New York State Task Force on Life and the Law. She has also practiced in the intellectual property litigation practice at Kirkland & Ellis LLP. Professor Koch earned her J.D. degree from Harvard Law School, where she was the co-editor of the recent developments section of the Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics. She graduated magna cum laude with an A.B. from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of International Affairs and Public Policy, with a focus on bioethics. Professor Koch is committed to public service, including serving as the Chair of the ABA’s Special Committee on Bioethics and the Law and Co-Chair of the Law Affinity Group for the American Society for Bioethics and the Humanities.


Wendy Netter Epstein


Wendy Netter Epstein is a Professor of Law at DePaul University College of Law and Faculty Director of the Jaharis Health Law Institute. She was previously a visiting professor at the University of Chicago Law School. She brings both economic and behavioral science principles to bear in her scholarly work, which has been published in the Yale Journal of Health Policy, Law, and Ethics; the Southern California Law Review; the Minnesota Law Review; and the Emory Law Journal. Professor Epstein has won University-level and law school awards for both her teaching and her scholarship. She received her B.A. from the University of Illinois, and her J.D. from Harvard Law School. Prior to entering academia, Professor Epstein clerked on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit and was a partner in commercial litigation at Kirkland & Ellis LLP, where she continues her affiliation as a counsel.


Katherine Schostok


Katherine Schostok is an attorney with the Social Security Administration, Office of Hearing Operations, Special Review Cadre. She continues to serve as the Executive Director of the Jaharis Health Law Institute at DePaul University College of Law. She also serves as an adjunct professor at DePaul University College of Law and UIC John Marshall Law School in the areas of healthcare fraud and abuse, the structure of the healthcare enterprise, professional and institutional liability, and healthcare reform. She received her JD and health law certificate from DePaul University College of Law as well as a Master of Laws in Health Law degree at Loyola University Chicago School of Law. Dr. Schostok is widely published in the areas of health law, risk management, healthcare technology, and healthcare regulation. She has completed extensive research and comparative analyses of apology and full disclosure programs implemented by various hospitals in the Midwest region. She lectures and provides continuing legal education courses throughout the Chicagoland area on healthcare fraud and abuse, risk management techniques, and recommended disclosure guidelines.


Ahmed Salim


Ahmed Salim is a Manager in the healthcare practice of Deloitte & Touche LLP. He is experienced in regulatory compliance, investigatory, assessments, and auditing and monitoring. Dr. Salim has served as a Compliance Officer for years, most recently as a Regional Director at a health system in Chicago. He has also served as Privacy Officer — conducting privacy investigations, privacy assessments, and audits as well as creating policies and procedures — and chair of multiple Privacy and Security Committees. Dr. Salim has worked directly with the Office of Civil Rights (OCR) on investigations and has helped implement multiple EHR access monitoring systems to oversee daily privacy activity. He is an author and frequent speaker on healthcare compliance and has published and spoken on the topics of compliance program effectiveness and privacy. An alumnus of DePaul University and Western Michigan Law School, Dr. Salim earned his undergraduate degree in business administration and his Juris Doctorate. He is Certified in Healthcare Compliance (CHC), Privacy Compliance (CHPC) and Certified Healthcare Financial Professional (CHFP).


Charlotte Tschider


Charlotte Tschider is a Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Nebraska College of Law and author of International Cybersecurity and Privacy Law in Practice (Wolters Kluwer, 2018) and Cybersecurity: An Interdisciplinary Approach (West, 2020, forthcoming) (with Gus Hurwitz, David Thaw, and Derek Bambauer). She most recently was the Jaharis Faculty Fellow in Health Law at DePaul University College of Law and, before her time in academia, a senior international data protection consultant for Medtronic Corporation. Dr. Tschider writes on a variety of topics at the intersection of health and innovation, including privacy, cybersecurity, and artificial intelligence, for law reviews and interdisciplinary journals. She has been featured in popular news media, including Forbes, The Hill, Morning Consult, and The Huffington Post.


Max Helveston


Max Helveston is the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs & Strategic Initiatives and a Professor of Law at DePaul University College of Law. His academic publications analyze how governmental regulation of commercial behavior and private industry practices affect consumer behavior and welfare, specifically in healthcare and insurance markets. His work has been published in the Washington University Law Review, the New York University Journal of Law & Business, the Penn State Law Review, and the Cardozo Law Review, among others. Professor Helveston has won several awards for excellence in teaching. He received his B.A. from the University of Michigan and his J.D. from Yale University. Prior to entering academia, Professor Helveston clerked on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit and practiced at Latham Watkins LLP.

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