Health Law and Policy Program launch featured in Triad Business Journal

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Professor Mark Hall

Professor Mark Hall was interviewed by the Triad Business Journal about the impact of launching the new Health Law and Policy program and what it will mean for students in the future. 

The original article from the Triad Business Journal follows:

Wake Forest University School of Law has launched the Health Law and Policy Program to help consolidate and expand research and educational efforts.

Mark Hall, professor at the law school and a member of the research faculty at the Wake Forest School of Medicine, is the inaugural director of the program, with Edwin Shoaf hired as the program’s first administrator and research fellow.

Hall said formalizing the program allows the school to attract more resources for research and will help expand the curriculum in the area.

“It first will create a focal point for a number of things that we already have going on and bring them together within an institutional home,” said Hall, who also teaches in Wake Forest’s graduate programs for bioethics and its MBA program.

Creating the program will bring more visibility to research efforts and help better inform the public policy community, he said. In future years, the program will also host several scholarships for law students focusing on health care law and policy, as well as internships.

“This provides an organized way to give the students research experience,” Hall said.

Hall said that in the wake of the Affordable Care Act, there has “definitely been increased interest” in the area of health care law and policy among law school students.

Looking further down the road, the desire would be to create specialized certificate programs or advanced study programs that would see students working toward a law degree as well as a specialized master’s degree.

Read the original story by the Triad Business Journal here.