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New degree takes innovative approach to emerging field of practice

California Western School of Law partners with the University of California, San Diego to offer a master's degree in health law, a unique program of study that equips legal, medical and health care professionals with the essential knowledge and skills to improve practice where health care and law overlap. Led by scholars from the UCSD School of Medicine and California Western, the program provides graduates with a more complete understanding of the best scientific, ethical, regulatory and management practices in both professions, with a goal of establishing compatible solutions in policy and practice. The program is co-directed by California Western's Bryan Liang, M.D., Ph.D., J.D., and Susan Channick, J.D., M.P.H, and Len Deftos, M.D., J.D., of UCSD.

Liang serves as the executive director of the Institute for Health Law Studies, the E. Donald Shapiro Professor of Law at California Western and co-director of the Center for Patient Safety at the UCSD School of Medicine. A prolific scholar and teacher, he has authored or co-authored five books and more than 300 articles on a range of health law and policy topics. He is internationally known for his policy work in the interface between law, medicine, economic incentive structures, public health and patient safety, and serves on the editorial boards of several journals.

Channick specializes in elder law and health law issues, and participates in the San Diego Alzheimer's Association speakers' bureau. She studied at Harvard's School of Public Health in 2000-01, where she received a master's in public health in the health care policy concentration. She has served on the American Bar Association subcommittees on Medicine & Law and Health Care Decisions and is a member of the American Association of Law, Medicine & Ethics.

For more information about the master's in health law degree, visit the program Web site, hlaw.ucsd.edu.

In addition to the joint master's degree, California Western offers students a multidisciplinary approach to law and medicine through the Institute of Health Law Studies under the leadership of Executive Director Liang. The institute focuses on research, advocacy, community service and education to advance its mission of improving health care in the United States. Students in the interdisciplinary program take courses in law, political science and public health at California Western; the University of California, San Diego; and San Diego State University.

To learn more about the Institute for Health Law, visit www.ilhs.org.

Submitted by California Western School of Law

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