MPSL Health Law Concentration

Masters Programs

The healthcare sector is not only one of the most economically viable markets in the U.S., it is one of the most challenging as well.

Driven by aging baby boomers and heavily influenced by the regulatory impacts of the Affordable Care Act of 2010, the healthcare industry is creating new opportunities for employment, growth and advancement.

For professionals with career paths oriented toward health law, healthcare compliance, and administrative regulation in the health care field, Valparaiso University Law School’s MPSL Program offers a Health Law concentration.

Designed to meet the time constraints of busy professionals, the MPSL program will be taught during the late afternoons and evenings at our Chicago Hyde Park Campus located at 1100 East 55th St., Chicago, IL. For added flexibility, courses are offered through a combination of on-line and classroom instruction.

Graduates of the program will be able to identify and analyze legal issues within the workplace through a solid foundation in legal doctrines and concepts, appropriate for a non-practitioner.  Courses in health care compliance, elder law, health care information, and ethics, along with a wide variety of elective courses, will prepare graduates to take on greater leadership roles within their own organization or to move on to a new job.  Special focus in the program is placed on the ability to articulate ideas and concepts in writing and through oral presentations.

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Course of Study

Students are required to take 28 credits for graduation.  Below are the required Introductory, Core, and Specialization classes and the Electives that students may choose to round out their program.  All students will work with an advisor to create a plan of study to complete the program in a timely fashion.

Course of Study


Course Number and Title Credits / Course
Intro (3) MPSL 500 – The Legal Profession 1
MPSL 501 – Introduction to American Law 2
Core (6) MPSL 510 – Basic Legal Skills – Research 2
MPSL 511 – Basic Legal Skills – Writing 2
MPSL 512 – Ethics and Social Responsibility 2
Health Law (10) MPSL 620 – Legal Issues in Health Care 3
MPSL 621 – Law of Medical Malpractice 2
MPSL 622 – Ethical Issues in Health Care 3
MPSL 623 – Compliance in Health Care 2
Electives (7) MPSL 520 – Applied Negotiation Skills 1
MPSL 521 – Criminal Forensics Survey 2
MPSL 522 – White Collar Crime 2
MPSL 523 – Sentencing and Appeals 2
MPSL 524 – Basic Insurance Law 2
MPSL 525 – Managing and Analyzing Health Care Information 3
MPSL 526 – Legal Issues of the Aging Population 2
MPSL 527 – The Unionized Workforce 2
MPSL 528 – Introduction to Employee Benefits 2
MPSL 529 – Bankruptcy and Corporate Restructuring 3
MPSL 530 – Financial Administrative Law 2
MPSL 531 – Regulation of Intellectual Property 2
Cap (2) MPSL 650 – Capstone 2

Electives not included in the initial MPSL catalog:
Contemporary Legal Issues – 2 Credits
Environmental Law and Policy – 3 Credits
The Legislative Process – 3 Credits
Arbitration Skills (Included in The Unionized Workforce) – 2 Credits
Special Topics in Elder Law – 2 Credits

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The program has been approved by the Illinois State Board of Higher Education, the MPSL Program will operate under the umbrella of Valparaiso University Law School, with close collaboration with Valparaiso University Graduate School.