Health Policy and Law Blog
Meet current students in the program and faculty and staff to learn first-hand how this degree can help you achieve your goals. Dan Dohan, professor of Health Policy and Social Medicine at UCSF, will provide opening remarks about the origins and inspirations of this degree, as well as the experience thus far. Other faculty members will be on hand to illuminate career paths and opportunities in this field.
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If you’re in the San Francisco Bay Area, make sure you register for this Wednesday, April 26, free event from Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies at UCSF.
WHAT IS IT LIKE BEING A STUDENT IN HPL?
In this recent Q&A with HPL associate director and professor Greggory Cochran, he illuminates the academic experience current HPL students are enjoying. This includes taking courses in the online environment, working on their capstones, creating a healthy work/life/study balance and much more!
Your statement of purpose demonstrates to the admissions committee who you are as a person, your achievements thus far and the promise you hold for your future. To help you think about what you should include in your statement of purpose, here are a list of questions you can address in your statement:
The latest healthcare news from The Source on Healthcare Price & Competition
Your inbox and newsfeed are quite possibly teeming with articles on last night’s Oscars wins, snubs and flubs. And that’s on top of the news alerts about the latest changes in healthcare policy.
Your time is valuable—so here’s a breakdown of what made health news in the past month, courtesy The Source on Healthcare Price & Competition, a nonprofit website run by one of HPL’s founders.
Looking forward to a compliance-consultancy future
- AmeriCorps trip to provide medical relief in Tanzania in 2007 = commitment to a healthy population
- Teaching science courses to underserved high school students in South Central L.A. = interest piqued in policy
It was these two defining life experiences that spurred Marielle Reataza to complete her medical degree from UC Irvine. But when a chronic-illness diagnosis forced her to rethink pursuing a demanding medical career, Reataza turned inward to discover her calling: “I wanted to go back to health policy, but I didn’t know how to go about it,” she recalls. “There wasn’t really anyone I could turn to to talk about health policy.”
Learn more about the legal and medical implications from this legislation
Watch the video above from a recent lecture with HPL’s own Sarah Hooper, as well as Lael Duncan, M.D., who talked about some common myths about the act’s implementation, address the status of institutional policy development around California and discuss research data from the Oregon/Washington experience.
Sarah Hooper, J.D., is the executive director of the UCSF/UC Hastings Consortium on Law, Science & Health Policy and adjunct professor of Law at UC Hastings College of the Law.
Lael Duncan, M.D., is the medical director of consulting services for the Coalition for Compassionate Care of California, a statewide collaborative effort dedicated to promoting high-quality, compassionate care for everyone who is seriously ill or nearing the end of life.
Wondering what the first cohort of students looks like?
Our inaugural class is a healthy mix of working professionals who aspire to make a positive impact on healthcare and policy. Scroll on to see the general makeup, where they come from, what they want to study and where they want to go.… continue reading Meet the First Incoming Class
The UCSF/UC Hastings Consortium on Law, Science and Health Policy is a dynamic collaboration designed to serve tomorrow’s interdisciplinary professionals
In 2009, the United States was embroiled in a national effort to reform healthcare sparked by President Obama’s campaign to pass the Affordable Care Act. For months on end, news reports and public debates were dominated by passionate advocates trying to overhaul patient care. In this hot climate of health policy discussion, UC Hastings and UCSF launched a joint venture to facilitate and foster interdisciplinary collaboration in healthcare.
Election day is rapidly approaching!
If you are still trying to wade through many of the issues facing California voters this November, here are some resources from UC Hastings and the Source on Healthcare Price and Competition:
Changes in cognitive functioning often raise thorny legal issues, which are the subject of both study and service at the UCSF/UC Hastings Consortium.
Recent discoveries in neuroscience and advances in technology for monitoring the brain’s activity are having an immense impact on fields like education, psychology and medicine. Even in the law, insights from new brain studies are reshaping how we address mental capacity in the process of aging, the rights of neuro-diverse individuals and translating scientific findings in courtrooms. At the UCSF/UC Hastings Consortium on Law, Science and Health Policy, research and clinical practice related to brain health has become a core focus.
“There’s a recognition that we don’t know as much as we should about arguably the most important organ in our body, so there is a concerted push for research in this area that you can see in the Obama administration’s BRAIN Initiative and other programs,” said Consortium Executive Director Sarah Hooper. “Our work in this field asks: How do we translate these findings into law, clinical care and policy? How do we ensure that healthcare and social systems meet the needs of cognitively impaired individuals? What is the right balance between autonomy and protection for these groups?”
A one-of-a-kind website demystifies the shadowy realm of healthcare pricing and competition.
In 2015, healthcare expenditures in the United States exceeded $3 trillion, a whopping 17 percent of gross domestic product and the highest price tag in the world by 50 percent or more, according to a recent Commonwealth Fund report. There’s no easy fix. But UC Hastings’ Jaime S. King and Anne Marie Helm aim to make a difference by documenting the complex forces driving healthcare costs on the independent, nonprofit website The Source on Healthcare Price & Competition.
“We want The Source to be a catalyst for change—a one-stop shop for information that can help people see the bigger picture, whether they’re doing research, drafting policy, working on litigation, or are just curious about our incredibly complicated and dysfunctional healthcare system,” said King, co-director of the UCSF/UC Hastings Consortium on Law, Science & Health Policy and the site’s executive editor.
In its efforts to demystify the space created by the intersection of health and law, UC Hastings has established itself as a thought leader in the field.
Editor’s note: This post is penned by our very own Professor Jaime S. King, who is co-director of the UCSF/UC Hastings Consortium on Science, Law and Health Policy; the executive editor of “The Source for Competitive Healthcare” blog; and the co-director of the Concentration on Law and Health Sciences.
During the course of our lives, we all need the healthcare system. Most of us were born in a hospital, and most of us will die under medical supervision. Accidents happen, children get sick and our parents grow older. Yet providing quality healthcare at affordable prices has become one of the most elusive political, economic and legal issues of our time. … continue reading Health, Science and the Law—Transforming Healthcare
In late July, recently admitted HPL students joined faculty and staff, as well as practicing attorneys from sponsoring firm Nossaman, LLP (San Francisco). The first cohort in the new HPL degree mixed and mingled—some swapping information to create study groups! Faculty members Dan Dohan, professor of Health Policy and Social Medicine at UCSF, Jaime King (professor and co-director of the UCSF/UC Hastings Consortium on Science, Law and Health Policy) and Gregg Cochran—associate director of the degree and Of Counsel at Nossaman—led the festivities, answering the incoming class’ questions and sharing in the overall buzz and excitement about the new opportunities this degree will afford.
Check out some great pics from the event! … continue reading HPL Mixer Hosts First Cohort of Students
HOW CAN I DRIVE HEALTHCARE FORWARD?
In this recent Q&A with Greggory Cochran, he breaks down the numerous job opportunities available after graduation, the state of the healthcare in the U.S. and much more. Having served as an E.R. physician and now a lawyer at Nossaman LLP, Cochran brings valuable cross-disciplinary insights and real-world examples to the classroom. He’s fully entrenched in the legal aspects of healthcare policy, and can see changes to healthcare through the lens as a clinician. Have a look to find out where this degree can take you:
WHY IS THIS DEGREE SO NEEDED IN OUR CURRENT HEALTHCARE CLIMATE?
Learn about the UCSF and UC Hastings College of the Law new online degree, Masters of Science in Health Policy and Law. This new degree connects medical practitioners with legal professionals to create a dynamic learning environment. Learn to critically assess legal, policy and social challenges affecting the U.S. health care system. Have a look:
WHAT WILL MY ONLINE COURSE LOOK LIKE?
Here’s a sneak-peak into one of the many online formats used in the HPL. In this video, Professor Gregg Cochran gives an overview of the nation’s healthcare system and the laws that underly how healthcare is provided. This 10-minute video is just one of many learning segments as you progress through your course. And because the videos are short yet chock-full of knowledge, you can squeeze these assignments into your busy working schedule. Have a look:
UC HASTINGS COLLEGE OF THE LAW’ DEAN FAIGMAN POINTS TO NUMEROUS CAREER PATHS
Advances in health policy and law do not happen in a vacuum. Professionals from the medical and legal fields must interact with each other, but more often than not, they don’t speak each other’s languages. To understand the complexities of health law and policy, you must have this “multilingual” skillset.
David Faigman knows the importance of speaking the language of health, health policy and health law. Originally working toward a Ph.D. in psychology at the University of Virginia, Faigman took his M.A. in Psychology and switched gears to earn a J.D. “I decided to be “primarily a lawyer-psychologist rather than a psychologist-lawyer,” Faigman says, “but I learned the language of science and of statistics.” Understanding the language of health and the language of law is a crucial skill that Faigman believes is necessary for tomorrow’s professional.… continue reading HPL Offers Endless Career Opportunities
BRINGING MEDICAL, LEGAL BACKGROUNDS TO INFORM HIS STUDENTS
“I decided this is the thing I want to do next in my career in health care and health care law: Teaching about the issues that I am interested in and know quite a bit about, having worked in both the provider and legal sides of the health care industry.”
That’s putting it quite mildly. Professor R. Gregory “Gregg” Cochran, originally of Atlanta, brings his extensive experience as an E.R. doctor and law-firm partner to the classroom, providing valuable cross-disciplinary insights and real-world examples to illuminate the curriculum. … continue reading Meet Associate Director R. Gregory “Gregg” Cochran
We know that balancing a full time job while pursuing a Master’s degree can be hard work. Yet rather than taking time away from your job, online degrees provide a unique opportunity to continue your career path, apply classroom learning directly to your job and earn an income—all from anywhere in the world. It’ll take some effort, so to help you along we’ve put together a list to help you navigate the program and succeed in online learning.… continue reading 9 Tips to Succeed in Online Learning