Learning Outcomes

1. Communication Skills: Graduates of the M.S.H.L. degree program will be able to demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing on a variety of topics related to health law.

2. Critical Thinking/Analytical Competencies: Graduates of the M.S.H.L. degree program will be able to identify legal issues in the industry workplace and communicate effectively with legal counsel through the use of proper legal terminology.

3. Overall Integration and Synthesis of Knowledge: Graduates of the M.S.H.L. degree program will be able to understand how to research a legal issue and apply knowledge of the relevant statutes, case law, and administrative codes.

MEASURING LEARNING OUTCOMES

ASSESSMENT AREA - Communication Skills

Direct Assessment Method: Written Paper & Oral Presentation Statement of First Expected Program Student Learning Outcome Being Analyzed: • Graduates of the M.S.H.L. degree program will be able to demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing on a variety of topics related to health law. Detailed Description of Direct Assessment Method(s) and process to be used for First Expected Program Student Learning Outcome: Master of Science in Health Law graduates will be able to communicate their understanding of health law related topics by completion of their capstone research project, the M.S.H.L. Individual Research Project (IRP). Successful completion requires students to identify and research complex legal issues that intersect law and the health care industry using their combined knowledge of these two disciplines. Students are required to generate a thesis for their research and turn their research into a scholarly article suitable for publication. Students develop their respective papers over a period of six months presenting drafts to faculty for review at defined measurements of progression. Students must be able defend their work and research through the draft process and are required to use proper citation and legal analysis. Students utilize information and knowledge gained from each course in the M.S.H.L. program to work on this project. The final product of the individual student's efforts is then presented orally by each student to a segment of the program faculty in addition to second year M.S.H.L. students at the annual Residential Institute. During the oral presentations, each individual student will be challenged by faculty on their research and knowledge of the legal issues presented in their papers; students are required to defend their arguments. Students will need to answer questions posed to them effectively and use a legal vocabulary when communicating concepts in their research projects. The oral presentation and written product are requirements for graduation. A rubric has been developed to measure student performance on this aspect of the learning outcomes. The rubric has fifteen (15) individual measurements; a copy of the rubric is submitted herewith as Exhibit "A". ASSESSMENT AREA - Critical Thinking/Analytical Competencies Direct Assessment Method: Written Paper & Oral Presentation Statement of Second Expected Program Student Learning Outcome Being Analyzed: • Critical Thinking/Analytical Competencies: Graduates of the M.S.H.L. degree program will be able to identify legal issues in the industry workplace and communicate effectively with legal counsel through the use of proper legal terminology. Detailed Description of Direct Assessment Method(s) and process to be used for Second Expected Program Student Learning Outcome: Through the IRP process (as set forth in the first Expected Student Learning Outcome), students will demonstrate their ability to identify complex legal issues and communicate those issues using the proper legal terms, including legal citations, to counsel. M.S.H.L. program faculty consists exclusively of persons holding the degree of Juris Doctor and work directly with students on their IRP in addition to grading the final product of the IRP process. A rubric is utilized to measure specific competencies; the rubric is attached hereto as Exhibit "A". Students will demonstrate critical thinking and analytical competency through in written and oral form throughout the IRP continuum. ASSESSMENT AREA - Overall Integration and Synthesis of Knowledge Direct Assessment Method: Written Paper & Oral Presentation. Statement of Third Expected Program Student Learning Outcome Being Analyzed:• Overall Integration and Synthesis of Knowledge: Graduates of the M.S.H.L. degree program will be able to understand how to research a legal issue and apply knowledge of the relevant statutes, regulations and case law. Detailed Description of Direct Assessment Method(s) and process to be used for Third Expected Program Student Learning Outcome: Through the IRP process (as set forth in the first Expected Student Learning Outcome), students will demonstrate their ability use what they have learned across the M.S.H.L. program curriculum. The IRP process requires students to identify and research a complex legal issue or set of issues that intersect the health care industry and the law using their combined knowledge of the healthcare industry and health law. This task requires students to be able to identify applicable statutory law, case law, and administrative codes and to incorporate those concepts into their IRP for analysis in support of their thesis statement. Students must support and defend their individual selection of legal authority and analysis in their IRP drafts as well as the final written paper and oral presentation. A rubric is utilized to measure specific competencies; the rubric is attached hereto as Exhibit "A". Students will demonstrate critical thinking and analytical competency through in written and oral form throughout the IRP continuum.

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