All SJD students must complete 10 credit hours of health law coursework. Additionally, each candidate must complete an original dissertation. The curriculum includes a limited amount of health law course work (depending on the experience of the candidate) and may include fieldwork, such as teaching, course development, continuing education instruction, or lectures. The full elective curriculum is determined in conjunction with the doctoral program director and may be comprised of online and/or campus courses. The doctoral dissertation research and supervision courses are campus-based but do not require residency in Chicago, as each student will work individually with their doctoral advisor. Before the end of the first year, candidates must complete a comprehensive outline and a first draft of dissertation. During the second year, candidates will write a doctoral dissertation and present it to a doctoral committee and to the law school community.
First Term Required Courses (credits)
Second Term Required Courses
First Term Required Courses
Spring Required Courses
Doctoral Dissertation Supervision (this is a flat fee course in which the student will be re-enrolled until the dissertation is completed)
Additional Program Requirements
Doctoral students will be expected to participate in at least two doctoral presentation sessions at Loyola University Chicago during their time in the program. At their first doctoral session, students will discuss their dissertation topics and research progress with other doctoral students. Doctoral candidates will present their final dissertation at a doctoral programs session to the health law faculty and their peers. After their final presentation, graduating candidates will have 6 weeks to rework their final dissertation based on the feedback they receive.
The Beazley Institute for Health Law and Policy reserves the right to amend the degree requirements and to add to or delete from the list of courses that satisfy the degree requirement at any time.