Health Law Initiative

Gavel and Stethescope on a Blue Background


The nation’s capital offers an incomparable setting in which to study health law, one of the fastest-growing legal practice areas. GW’s Health Law Initiative is designed to enable students to take maximum advantage of this unique location. Key survey courses and seminars emphasize the crucial role the law plays in the design and operation of the U.S. health care and public health systems. Through the study of health law at GW, students learn about the complex structure of the federal regulatory process, the relationship between federal and state health system regulation, and the relationship between federal regulation and industry stakeholders. Special attention is paid to the effect of these vast and complex legal interactions on the health of consumers, patients, and the general population. Students also benefit from the extraordinary externship and job placement opportunities available in Washington, D.C., ready access to experts both at GW and in the broader community and leading-edge research opportunities in health law and policy.



Concentration in Health Law

Degree Offerings




News & Events


Faculty in the News

"Big Pharma, White Supremacy, and the Fight Against Covid-19"

April 22, 2021

Dayna Bowen Matthew writes in Bloomberg Law that the pharmaceutical industry needs to make the vaccine more equitably available.

"How Vaccine Passports Might Work in the US"

March 31, 2021

Sara Rosenbaum is quoted in PolitiFact about how vaccine passports are used to show evidence of immunization if and when needed.

"Black Judge Chosen for Only Appeals Court Never to Have One"

March 30, 2021

Dmitry Karshtedt is quoted in Bloomberg Law about the nomination of Tiffany Cunningham as the first Black judge on the Federal Circuit.

"Medicaid Work Rules Dispute Signals Division on Supreme Court"

March 19, 2021
Sara Rosenbaum is quoted in Bloomberg Law about the SCOTUS decision to cancel arguments over work requirements for Medicaid beneficiaries.

"Cognitive Limits on the Value of Consumer Autonomy"

March 15, 2021

Richard J. Pierce, Jr. writes in The Regulatory Review about the risks of letting consumers choose among options in complicated markets.

Upcoming Events

The Health Law Initiative holds several events throughout the semester. Please check back for new events.

Past Events

Polygenic Risk Scores and Genomic Prediction in Reproduction

Join GW Law and the GW School of Medicine and Health Sciences for a virtual presentation and discussion about the increasing use of polygenic risk

First Amendment Values in Health Care Symposium

This event explored controversies in health care and public health that implicate the First Amendment and its values with respect to free speech and the free exercise of religion.

Fruit of America's Poisonous Tree: The Political Determinants of Health and Opportunities to Optimize Health

The Health Law Initiative hosted Daniel Dawes, Director, Satcher Health Leadership Institute at the Morehouse School of Medicine.

The Impact of COVID-19 in the Context of Society and Biology

This event hosted a panel discussion on the impact of COVID-19 in the context of society and biology.

Health Law Expo

The Health Law Initiative and Career Center hosted an expo for networking and interacting with attorneys in all forms of health law.