Compliance and Risk Management (Healthcare)

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About the Program

Are you a working professional interested in regulatory compliance and risk management jobs in the healthcare industry? Gain the skills you need to make your next career move with a Certificate in Compliance and Risk Management with a speciality in healthcare from Case Western Reserve University School of Law.

Our certificate prepares lawyers and non-lawyers to work in a healthcare organization’s compliance and/or risk management department competently, effectively and ethically. Compliance-related jobs are one of the hottest growth areas in the U.S., with the Bureau of Labor Statistics projecting an estimated 30,700 jobs opening for compliance officers and 91,300 jobs opening for compliance managers over the next 10 years.

What to Expect

To earn this certificate, you’ll take three foundational courses—risk assessment; governance, regulatory compliance and risk management; and compliance and risk management skills: planning, auditing, investigating and reporting. Then, you’ll proceed to study more advanced topics, including health law and healthcare finance and regulation.

To complete your certificate, you’ll need 18 credit hours. You can complete your program on a part-time basis over three to four lightly scheduled semesters. And, any credits you earn as a part of your program can be applied to our full master’s degree in Compliance and Risk Management should you choose to continue your training.

Compliance graduates obtain jobs at law firms and a range of different healthcare-related businesses, from hospitals, pharmaceutical or device manufacturers, and food processing companies to insurance companies, pharmacies, diagnostic services, and eldercare businesses (such as home healthcare, assisted living, nursing homes and hospice). Graduates also go on to support government agencies such as Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

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Beyond the Classroom

Our program fits well within our Law-Medicine Center, which is perennially ranked among the top programs in the nation. From corporate practice to bioethics, malpractice rules to government regulation, the health law curriculum offers a deep dive into key issues with some of the leading scholars in the field. As a partner with Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, University Hospitals and Cleveland Clinic, the Law-Medicine Center shares a campus with some of the best medical researchers in the world, offering plenty of opportunities for collaboration.

An added advantage of our program is our location in the Greater Cleveland area. Our region, including Akron and Canton, is home to a heavy concentration of highly regulated industries, including the biomedical, healthcare, and food processing industries. Our students are well-positioned to connect with job opportunities across fields.

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Admission Requirements

You should have a bachelor’s degree and a demonstrated interest in studying regulatory compliance and risk management. Part-time options are available, and our program doesn’t require either the GRE or the LSAT. Significant scholarships are currently available.

In exceptional circumstances, if you do not have a bachelor’s degree but you do have extensive professional experience in the regulatory compliance and risk management fields, you may be admitted to the program.

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