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Curriculum - Health Care Compliance Certificate
USC Gould School of Law

Earning the online Health Care Compliance certificate requires successful completion of 12 credit units, including the following classes:

  • Business Organizations, 4 units

    Business Organizations examines the legal organizations most often used by businesses in the United States, and discusses the specific laws governing business organizations, the policies and theories underlying these laws, and best practices for complying with them. The primary focus is on corporations as these are the predominant form of business organization by every measure except number of firms. The course also covers unincorporated entities, such as partnerships and limited liability companies. After taking this course, students will have a solid foundation in the law of business organizations, a general understanding of the business contexts in which the law operates, and an appreciation for the practical issues transactional lawyers confront when advising business organizations. The subject matter will be taught using a "problem method" in order to promote a practical understanding of business organizational law.

  • Contract Drafting and Strategy, 2 units

    In this course, students will examine the strategies, objectives, and challenges that will affect how they draft contracts. They will consider the lawyer's role in drafting contracts and the factors that influence drafting style, technique, and content. The course will begin by analyzing the standard structure and terms of a typical contract, including the purposes behind them. Students will learn to draft precisely. Students then will dissect and examine a range of contracts used in business relationships (e.g., business formations, employment, real estate transactions, mergers/acquisitions) to evaluate drafting techniques and decisions in specific transactions. Finally, the students will use the knowledge they've gained to ink a deal.

  • Health Care Compliance, 2 units (mandatory)

    Health Care Compliance course explores the key areas of risk for healthcare organizations generally as well as unique risk areas for specific types of healthcare companies. Nearly all healthcare organizations require the implementation and operation of a compliance program. The course will prepare you to work as a compliance professional in a healthcare organization by enabling you to compose policies and procedures, spot problems, develop plans to address compliance challenges and respond to government investigations. This course also delves into what traits of a compliance program make it effective.

  • Health Care Law, Business and Finance, 2 units

    Health Care Law, Business and Finance will focus on business and financial management in the health care industry. It will cover health care business fundamentals, financial risk and return, capital budgeting, and long-term financial analysis and planning. This course will also touch on the impact of financial and capital decisions on health care organizations, and the related ethics and laws involved.

  • Health Law and Policy, 2 units

    Health Law and Policy covers laws governing health care services, including liability of physicians and other health care personnel, government regulations of hospitals and other health care organizations, the cost and quality of health care, and other legal aspects of health care in the United States. Students will learn about health care related contracts, medical records, malpractice issues, and torts related to current policy.

  • Patient Privacy Law, 2 units

    Patient Privacy Law emphasizes the history, purpose, and relevant provisions of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). Additionally, the course will survey other important federal and state privacy laws, and their enforcement. Students will learn how to identify risk and situations that implicate HIPAA. They will understand which privacy laws apply to hypothetical health care situations, and the importance of security and prevention of related issues.

  • Regulatory Compliance, 2 units (mandatory)

    Regulatory Compliance provides an overview of regulatory compliance law and the ways that organizations ensure compliance with governing laws and regulations. This course provides students with an examination of various areas of law, regulation, and policies, as well as the ways specific industries utilize compliance protocols or programs. Central principles, as well as the statutory and regulatory framework that governs this growing field of compliance, will be analyzed.

If you are a degree-seeking student, your certificate credits also count toward the 21 units required for the online MSL degree or online LLM degree.

Courses used toward a degree completed at another university may not be applied toward this certificate.

Compliance Certification Board (CCB) Eligibility Notice: Students who pursue the Compliance Certificate at USC Gould School of Law will need to complete 16 units in CCB-accredited coursework and earn a cumulative GPA of 3.0 to fulfill the professional work experience and continuing education units (CEU) requirements, allowing you to eligible to sit for a CCB exam upon graduation with the Health Care Compliance Association.