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Health Law

An introduction to legal research in some of the major aspects of Health Law.


Health law is a complex and incredibly broad field of law focused on an industry - health care - rather than a particular aspect of law. It is comprised of the federal, state, and local law, rules, and regulations governing providers, payers, and vendors to the health care industry and its patients. Practitioners in health law work in a variety of fields including in federal, state, and local governments, in legal services organizations, in advocacy nonprofits, in law firms, and as solo practitioners.

Health lawyers' work can touch upon a variety of cases across a broad spectrum of legal issues, including:

  • Accreditation
  • Administrative Law
  • Advocacy
  • Antitrust Law
  • Bioethics
  • Biotechnology and Patent Law
  • Compliance
  • Constitutional Law and Civil Rights
  • Contract and Corporate Matters
  • Criminal Law
  • Employment and Labor Law
  • Environmental Law
  • Family Law
  • Food and Drug Law
  • Health Care Law
  • Insurance and Pension Law
  • International Law
  • Juvenile and Elder Law
  • Licensing and Certification
  • Mass Tort Litigation
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Mental Health Law
  • Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Consulting and Regulation
  • Privacy Law
  • Public Health Law and Global Public Health Law
  • Real Estate Law
  • Social Welfare Law
  • Tort Law

The purpose of this guide is to provide an introduction to specified aspects of health law including Health Care Law, as seen in the Affordable Care Act, Privacy Law, through HIPAA, Public Health Law, and Ethics. The guide also provides an introduction to research into Colorado health law.

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