Healthcare professionals interested in advancing their careers are encouraged to apply for the Juris Master (JM) degree program for non-lawyers, offered by Emory University School of Law and now available online.

The program is designed specifically for health care professionals, and includes a concentration in Health Care Law, Policy, and Regulation that offers students legal knowledge to make informed decisions, assess risk, and bolster their professional expertise.

The deadline to apply for fall semester 2017 enrollment is June 30, according to Emory University in a media release.

The 30-credit-hour Juris Master program begins with a basic foundation in the understanding of the American legal system. From there, healthcare professionals then acquire the ability to analyze, research, and communicate legal issues, while gaining a keen eye for the interpreting and drafting of contracts. Core courses cover alternate dispute resolution, administrative law, and the framework of the legal profession.

Advanced coursework includes the study of health care institution and provider regulation; laws applicable to the structure, financing, and liabilities of health care institutions; the powers and duties of governmental authorities to protect population health; ethical issues and legal challenges; and data management and protection, the release explains.

The program’s online format offers concentrations in health and business, and can be completed in 18 months.

If students prefer to study on-campus full-time, the program offers a wide range of concentrations that can be completed in 9 months. Part-time students can complete the program in as long as 4 years. Scholarships and financial aid are available, per the release.

“Emory’s JM program pulls back the curtain on how legal processes impact the practice of medicine,” says Wendy Wright, MD, Chief of Neurology and Medical Director of the Neuroscience Intensive Care Unit, Emory University Hospital Midtown, Associate Chief of Neurology and Neurosurgery, Emory University School of Medicine, in the release.

“For example, shortly after my studies began, I felt better able to address ethical issues such as informed consent, surrogate decision making, and end-of-life care,” she adds.

[Source(s): Emory University School of Law, PR Newswire]