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Albany Law School and Siena College will offer a joint
program in health studies starting this fall for students to earn two degrees
in four years.
The articulation agreement between the two colleges was
signed Thursday, August 23.
The course of study will result in a bachelor of arts (B.A.)
in health studies from Siena and a master of science in legal studies (M.S.L.S.)
in health law and health care compliance from Albany Law, both within four
“This is a highly-tailored program for focused, motivated
students,” said Margaret E. Madden, Ph.D., vice president for academic affairs
at Siena. “It aligns extremely well with current job and market trends and will
result in significant tuition costs savings for those enrolled.”
“There are tremendous job opportunities in health care in
the Capital Region and beyond, and these opportunities will only expand as the
population ages,” said Alicia Ouellette, President & Dean, Albany Law
School. “Given our partnerships with Albany Medical Center, Albany College of
Pharmacy, and St. Peter’s Hospital, students get hands-on experience dealing
with real legal issues affecting the health care system.”
Health studies at Siena features three tracks of study:
health administration, health sciences and health policy, according to program
director Duane Matcha, Ph.D., professor of sociology and health studies
director. Any of the three tracks can be selected for the B.A./M.S.L.S.
program. Students will be required to study at least one of the three areas in
depth, and will receive an overview of the healthcare system and critical
public health issues.
“Graduates will be qualified to work in the public or
private sector,” he said. “With their strong background in legal and compliance
issues, they’ll be an excellent fit for the management of health care
facilities and organizations, as well as jobs with local, state and federal
Leonard Cutler, Ph.D., director of pre-law at Siena and
professor of political science, said the proximity of both colleges to the
state capital and the resulting job opportunities for its graduates are a plus
for the program.
Students will spend the first three years of the program at
Siena, and given the intensive nature of study, they will need to take 17
credits during most semesters as well as summer courses. Coursework during the
fourth and final year will be taken at both Siena and Albany Law.
The M.S.L.S. (which is not a J.D.) is 30 credits, 12 of
which will be accepted by Albany Law directly from Siena, including coursework
in morals and medicine, social epidemiology, and the ethics of science and technology.
Siena in turn will accept credits from Albany Law from among
15 different courses on such topics as public health law, HIPAA compliance, health
care in the age of the Affordable Care Act, bioethics and genetics.