The goal of the JD/MHA concurrent degree program is to offer students the opportunity to combine in-depth professional educational training in health administration and law so that they will be equipped and prepared to work in both venues, or in positions requiring understanding of both. Graduates with the joint degree will not be limited to the traditional career opportunities of legal work in a law firm, but will also have the ability to move more directly into administrative positions in government agencies and health care entities, such as hospitals, health plans and health services entities. Similarly, graduates will possess legal skills that they can bring to health care entities and government agency professional positions.

Admissions

Admission to this concurrent degree program will be competitive. Acceptance will require a clearly enunciated, well-reasoned application detailing the applicant’s purpose and goals for pursuing both degrees. For entry into the concurrent JD/MHA, a student must apply for admission separately to both the MHA Program in the School of Public Health and Community Medicine (SPHCM) and to the law school, consistent with the requirements of Graduate School Memorandum No. 35. The applications to both schools should state that the student is seeking concurrent degrees. The applicant must satisfy admission requirements for both the Law School and the MHA program in the School of Public Health and Community Medicine.

In addition, some students already enrolled in either school may seek to apply to the concurrent degree program. This will involve a second application for admission to the other school and meeting of application requirements.

Program Requirements

It is anticipated that students admitted to the concurrent degree program will be able to complete the requirements for both degrees in just over four academic years. This includes the 135 quarter credit hours required for law school graduation and the 76 quarter credit hours required for the Masters of Health Administration. The concurrent degree time frame is compressed, allowing the student to realize efficiencies through cross-listed courses and careful prescribed scheduling of required and elective courses.

JD (135 credits required)

Required Courses (50 credits):

85 Credits additional Law Electives, including:

  • Non-Law Electives (up to 15 credits) and Externship Credits
  • Public Service Legal Work requirement – 60 hours for at least 2 credits
  • Advanced writing requirement – 3 credits

MHA (minimum 76 credits required)

  • HSERV 511 — Intro to Health Services & Public Health
  • HSERV 551/LAW 512 — Public Health Law  OR HSERV 552 Health Policy Development  
  • HSMGMT 500 — Risk & Insurance Seminar  
  • HSMGMT 501 — Epidemiology/Critical Evidence Appraisal  
  • HSMGMT 505 — Managing HC Organizations
  • HSMGMT 506 — Intro to Clinical Care
  • HSMGMT 507a — Group Dynamics & Team Leadership I
  • HSMGMT 507b — Group Dynamics & Team Leadership II
  • HSMGMT 510 — Org Behavior & HR Mgmt
  • HSMGMT 513 — Seminar in HC Finance
  • HSMGMT 514 — Health Economics
  • HSMGMT 518 — Ethical Issues in Health Services
  • HSMGMT 523 — Informatics in HC Mgmt
  • HSMGMT 545 — Capstone Seminar & Project  
  • HSMGMT 552 — Health Admin/Business Law
  • HSMGMT 553 — HC Marketing Strategy
  • HSMGMT 562 — Strategic Mgmt of HC Orgs  
  • HSMGMT 567 — Clinical Systems Management  
  • HSMGMT 568 — Quality Process Management
  • HSMGMT 570 — Quantitative Methods  
  • HSMGMT 571 — Health Care Financial Mgmt  
  • HSMGMT 577 — Environment of Care  
  • HSMGMT 578 — Project Management
  • HSMGMT 579 — Accounting for Managers
  • HSMGMT 592 — Leadership & Profess Effect