NYU Law - NYU Wagner Master of Science in Health Law and Strategy

Top Health Law Program in Strategy and Leadership

Lead the Future of Health

Reimagine Your Career

Offered jointly by NYU School of Law and NYU Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, the one-year Master of Science in Health Law and Strategy program will provide the training and perspective to prepare a new generation of leaders in an area undergoing extraordinary transformation. 

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Program Overview


Experienced professionals can enroll in this low-residency degree while working full-time. Over a 12-month (one-year) period, students will complete 30 credits of online coursework combined with three residential on-site experiences.

Taught by expert faculty and industry leaders, the on-site residency experiences will occur once each term (Summer, Fall, Spring) over three days at NYU's campus in New York City and NYU Washington, DC.

Program features include:

  • Cohort-based network
  • Online courses and advanced simulations
  • Regularly scheduled live virtual discussions and lectures
  • A capstone course featuring an interactive law and strategy exercise that addresses a real-world challenge provided by healthcare client organizations

Students in this unique joint degree will:

  • Develop critical skills and insights required to make strategic decisions within the complex legal and policy context of our highly regulated healthcare industry
  • Appraise the healthcare landscape and formulate strategic initiatives to drive innovation to improve quality, reduce costs, expand access, and optimize performance
  • Shape the future of their organizations via an interdisciplinary approach toward health sector leadership that integrates health law, finance, policy, and regulation
Student Profile

The program is designed for healthcare professionals with at least eight years of experience in the field (or five years with management experience), coming from diverse backgrounds and sectors in the nation’s healthcare system, including:

  • hospital systems
  • health insurance companies
  • pharmacy benefit managers
  • pharmaceutical manufacturers
  • pharmacy distributors
  • biopharmaceutical and medical device firms
  • “healthtech” companies
  • government agencies
  • healthcare consulting and investment firms
  • veterans and service-members in healthcare-related roles


Semester 1
Analyzing Health Law, Strategy, and Economics

Semester 2
Navigating the Healthcare Landscape: Regulation, Policy, and Financing

Semester 3
Leading Technology, Innovation, and Integrated Solutions


MSHLS curriculum


Faculty Leadership

Carla Jackie Sampson

Carla Jackie Sampson, PhD, MBA, FACHE, is a clinical associate professor and director of the Health Policy and Management Program and online Master of Health Administration Program at NYU’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. Dr. Sampson is board-certified in healthcare management and is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives.

Previously, Dr. Sampson was assistant professor and director of Healthcare Management Programs in the department of risk, insurance, and healthcare management programs in the Fox School of Business, Temple University. Research interests include healthcare workforce policy, social determinants of health, and anchor mission strategy development. Dr. Sampson was a research assistant for the Florida Center for Nursing and was lead author for the report “Emerging & Evolving Roles and Occupations within the Healthcare Industry: Florida’s Perspective.” She has extensive experience in the online and traditional classroom setting. Areas of teaching experience include organizational strategy, executive leadership, human resources management, and healthcare policy.

Prior to her appointment at Temple, Dr. Sampson was the vice president of the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME). Her role was to assure the excellence in educational preparation of future leaders in the healthcare industry through the management of CAHME’s accreditation program. With her planning and under her direction, CAHME launched several initiatives to implement and improve the quality of competency-based education, streamline the accreditation process, improve the consistency of site visits, increase transparency in the accreditation process, and develop workshops on CAHME’s accreditation criteria for program directors and site visitors.   While at CAHME, she also served as a consultant to all programs seeking initial CAHME accreditation and oversaw the design and implementation of an electronic accreditation system. As an independent consultant, Dr. Sampson has successfully assisted healthcare management education programs in becoming accredited and in preparing for re-accreditation.

Dr. Sampson was awarded the Doctor of Philosophy in public affairs - health services management and research from the University of Central Florida, Orlando. She earned an MBA in healthcare management and a Master of Science in healthcare financial management from the Fox School of Business.

Richard J. Gannotta

Richard Gannotta is a recognized health sector leader with service in CEO / president and executive roles in some of the nation’s most prominent academic and public health systems. He is currently serving in key strategic roles advising global med and biotech companies, health systems, and new ventures.  

He has held leadership roles as CEO of the University of California Irvine Health System, Senior Vice President of Hospitals at New York’s NYC Health + Hospitals, and roles as President of Chicago’s Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Duke Raleigh Hospital, part of the Duke University Health System, and North Carolina-based Wake Med Health & Hospitals. 

Professor Gannotta has a longstanding commitment to academic excellence and is Senior Lecturer of Health Administration at NYU’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service and Co-Director of the MS in Health Law and Strategy, a degree jointly conferred by NYU Wagner and NYU School of Law.

He holds a Doctorate in Healthcare Administration, (MUSC) as well as MBA (Campbell University) and NP/BSN (FIU) degrees.

Gannotta’s area of focus revolves around the intersection of biotech innovation and healthcare delivery, its translational and rapid deployment as well as strategic, policy and economic impacts.

Tom D’Aunno

Thomas D'Aunno, Ph.D, is Professor of Management at NYU’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. D’Aunno’s research and teaching focus on the organization and management of healthcare services; he has a particular interest in the diffusion and adoption of evidence-based practices and leadership and organizational change. He has examined these issues in a variety of national studies funded by the National Institutes of Health and the Agency for Health Care Quality and Research. He is currently conducting studies of Accountable Care Organizations and of the organization and performance of the nation’s substance use disorder treatment system, with a focus on the quality of care for opioid addiction.

He is published in leading management and health journals, including Administrative Science Quarterly, the Academy of Management JournalAcademy of Management ReviewAnnals of the Academy of Management, the Journal of the American Medical AssociationHealth Affairs, Milbank Quarterly, and the Journal of Health and Social Behavior.  He served as Editor-in-Chief of Medical Care Research and Review, 2014-2018.  He also is a past chair of the Academy of Management Division of Health Care Management and a recipient of its Fottler Award for career distinguished service and the Provan Award for distinguished career contributions to research in healthcare management. 

D’Aunno served as the director of NYU Wagner’s Health Policy and Management (2016-2020) and was the founding director of its online Master of Health Administration (MHA) Program. D’Aunno was previously a faculty member at Columbia University, the University of Chicago, the University of Michigan, and INSEAD, where he held the Novartis Chair in Healthcare Management.

D’Aunno graduated Magna Cum Laude with a BA in Psychology from the University of Notre Dame and received his PhD in Organizational Psychology from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

Charles Klippel

Charles Klippel, professor of practice at NYU Law, is the former senior vice president and deputy general counsel at Aetna. During his time at Aetna, he primarily supported the health-related businesses and managed a team of lawyers for the company’s government businesses (Medicare, Medicaid, and federal and state employees), large commercial employers, pharmacy operations, and international activities. He serves on various external boards, including the executive committee for the health policy and management department of the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. He achieved his Bachelor of Arts in engineering and applied physics, Master of Education, Master of Public Health, and Juris Doctor from Harvard University.New accordion content

Collaborating Sponsor

Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP, is a leading professional services firm, providing integrated legal and consulting services to a global client base.

Past Webinars

Navigating the Virtual Care Explosion: Mapping the Shifting Policy, Payment and Strategy Landscape
Hosted by Manatt (June 22, 2022)

Manatt Health, NYU Law and NYU Wagner lead a panel of health care, business and government leaders—including Amanda Goltz, US Health Care Lead for Worldwide Public Sector Health Care Venture Capital and Startups, Amazon; Gerald Harmon, MD, president of the American Medical Association; and Micky Tripathi, PhD, National Coordinator for Health Information Technology at the US Department of Health and Human Services—in examining how virtual care is remapping the health care landscape.

MS Health Law and Strategy Information Session
Hosted by NYU Law-NYU Wagner Admissions (May 26, 2022)

Levers of Change: Remapping the Health Care Landscape
Hosted by Manatt (March 9, 2022 - recording available)

Application and Program Fee

The MS in Health Law and Strategy application is open. To apply, visit our application page, create an account, and select “Master of Science in Health Law and Strategy” as your program.

Application Requirements 

As part of the online application, please submit the following:

·  Two essays

·  CV/Resume

·  Two letters of recommendation (one personal and one professional)

·  Official college transcripts*

·  TOEFL or IELTS result (if required)

*Students entering this program are required to hold a four-year bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in the U.S. or an equivalent degree from a foreign country.

Program Fee

The program fee is $87,510. This fee includes tuition, registration/service fees, course materials, and official events.

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Yellow Ribbon 

NYU School of Law is proud to participate in the Yellow Ribbon program. Yellow Ribbon is a part of the Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008 and provides education benefits to military veterans who have served on active duty since September 11, 2001. NYU Law contributes the maximum amount in Yellow Ribbon benefits to be matched by the VA for all Yellow Ribbon eligible veterans. Learn more about the Yellow Ribbon Program.

For more information about applying for VA benefits, please visit the Veteran Students at NYU Law page.

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