JD/MPH Concurrent Degree
The goal of the JD/MPH in Health Services concurrent degree program is to offer students the opportunity to combine in-depth professional educational training in the two professions so that the students 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 government, national, and international agencies and public interest organizations focusing on public health and health care issues, services and resources. Similarly, graduates will possess legal skills that they can bring to public health departments and other public health professional positions.
For applicants not currently enrolled in either program, 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. We anticipate that many applicants will have worked in the health care industry or legal system and will have developed an interest in public health issues through that experience. Some may be seeking to broaden their previous careers and the potential impact of their work. Others will have had their interest piqued by personal or professional challenges. For entry into the concurrent JD/MPH, a student must apply for admission separately to both the MPH Program in the Department of Health Services (SPH) 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 MPH program in the Department of Health Services.
Applicants already enrolled in one program or the other will complete a second application for admission to the other school and must meet that School’s application 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 63 quarter credit hours required for the Masters of Public Health. 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.
For more information, see the following Health Services MPH curriculum requirements: