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.

Admissions

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 (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 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.

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 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 information about the JD/MPH course requirements, see the following concentrations:

Generalist Focus

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

MPH in Health Services (minimum 63 credits required)

Required Courses (24 credits):

  • HSERV 511 — Intro. to Health Services & Public Health (4)
  • EPI 511—Intro. To Epidemiology (4)
  • or EPI 512 & 513 — Epidemiologic Methods I & II
  • BIOST 511 — Medical Biometry I (4)
  • or BIOST 517 — Applied Biostatistics
  • HSERV 510 — Society and Health (3)
  • ENVH 511 — Environmental and Occupational Health (3)
  • Two out of the following three courses:
    • HSMGMT 514  — Health Economics (3) OR
    • HSMGMT 560 — Management Practice in Health Care & Public Health Orgs (4) OR
    • HSERV 552 — Health Policy Development (3)

Electives (21 credits minimum)

Seminars, Practicum, Thesis Credits (minimum of 18 credits):

  • HSERV 592 — HPR Seminar (6 )
  • HSERV 595 — Master’s Practicum (3 credits minimum; 6 maximum)
  • HSERV 700 — Master’s Thesis (9 credits minimum)

Maternal and Child Health Track

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

MPH in Health Services (minimum 63 credits required):

Required Courses (24 credits):

  • HSERV 511 — Intro. to Health Services & Public Health (4)
  • EPI 511 — Intro. To Epidemiology (4)
  • or EPI 512 & 513 — Epidemiologic Methods I & II
  • BIOST 511 — Medical Biometry I (4)
  • or BIOST 517  Applied Biostatistics (4)
  • HSERV 510 — Society and Health (3)
  • ENVH 511 — Environmental and Occupational Health (3)
  • Two out of the following three courses:
    • HSMGMT 514 — Health Economics (3) OR
    • HSMGMT 560 — Management Practice in Health Care & Public Health Orgs (4) OR
    • HSERV 552 — Health Policy Development (3)

Maternal and Child Health Requirements (minimum 14 credits):

  • HSERV 541 — Topics in Maternal and Child Health I (3)
  • HSERV 542 — Epidemiology of Maternal and Child Health Problems (4)
  • One Additional Biostatistic Course From:
    • BIOST 512 — Medical Biometry II (4)
    • BIOST 518 — Applied Biostatistics II (4)
  • One Methods Course From:
    • HSERV 521 — Qualitative Methods (3)
    • HSERV 522 — Health Program Evaluation (5)
    • HSERV 526 — Qualitative Research Methods for Public Health (4)
    • HSERV 527 — Survey Research Methods (4)
    • HSERV 530 — Health Needs Assessment (3)
    • HSERV 548 — Social Determinants of Health Research Methods (3)
    • HSERV 561 — Introduction to Health Promotion Planning (3)
    • HSERV 581 — Strategies of Health Promotion (4)
    • HSERV 590G — Preparing and Writing Research Proposals
    • BIOST 513 — Medical Biometry III (4)

Electives (7 credits minimum)

Seminars, Practicum, Thesis Credits (minimum of 18 credits):

  • HSERV 592 — MCH Seminar (6 )
  • HSERV 595 — Master’s Practicum (3 credits minimum; 6 maximum)
  • HSERV 700 — Master’s Thesis (9 credits minimum)

Social and Behavioral Sciences Track

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

MPH in Health Services (minimum 63 credits required):

Required Courses (22 credits):

  • HSERV 511 — Intro. to Health Services & Public Health (4)
  • EPI 511— Intro. To Epidemiology (4)
  • or EPI 512 & 513 — Epidemiologic Methods I & II (both courses are required if you choose this option)
  • BIOST 511 — Medical Biometry I (4)
  • or BIOST 517 — Applied Biostatistics (4)
  • HSERV 552 — Health Policy Development (3)
  • HSMGMT 560 — Management Practice in Health Care & Public Health Organizations (4)
  • ENVH 511 — Environmental and Occupational Health (3)

Social and Behavioral Sciences Requirements (minimum 20 credits):

  • One Additional Biostatistics Course From:
    • BIOST 512 — Medical Biometry II (4)
    • BIOST 518 — Applied Biostatistics II (4)
  • One Methods Course From:
    • HSERV 521 — Qualitative Methods (3)
    • SERV 522 — Health Program Evaluation (5)
    • HSERV 526 — Qualitative Research Methods for Public Health (4)
    • HSERV 527 — Survey Research Methods (4)
    • HSERV 530 — Health Needs Assessment (3)
    • HSERV 548 — Social Determinants of Health Research Methods (3)
    • HSERV 584 — Assessing Outcomes in Health and Medicine (W)
    • BIOST 513 — Medical Biometry III (4)
    • PHG 543 — Social and Behavioral Research Methods in Public Health Research
  • HSERV 514 — Social Determinants of Population Health & Health Disparities (3)
  • HSERV 581 — Strategies of Health Promotion (4)
  • HSERV 588 — Community Approaches to Health Promotion (3)
  • HSMGMT 514 — Health Economics (3)

Electives (3 credits minimum)

Seminars, Practicum, Thesis Credits (minimum of 18 credits):

  • HSERV 592 — SBS Seminar (6 )
  • HSERV 595 — Master’s Practicum (3 credits minimum; 6 maximum)
  • HSERV 700 — Master’s Thesis (9 credits minimum)

Health Policy and Analysis Process Track

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

MPH in Health Services (minimum 63 credits required):

Required Courses (18 credits):

  • HSERV 511 — Intro. to Health Services & Public Health (4)
  • EPI 511 — Intro. To Epidemiology (4)
  • or EPI 512 & 513 — Epidemiologic Methods I & II (both courses are required if you choose this option)
  • BIOST 511 — Medical Biometry I
  • or BIOST 517 — Applied Biostatistics (4)
  • HSERV 510 — Society and Health (3)
  • ENVH 511 — Environmental and Occupational Health (3)

Health Policy and Analysis Process Requirements (minimum 20 credits):

  • HSERV 552 — Health Policy Development (3)
  • HSERV 513 — Health Policy Research (3)
  • HSMGMT 514 — Health Economics (3)
  • One Health Law Course
    • LAW H501 — Fundamentals of Health Law (4)
    • LAW H510 — Topics in Law & Medicine (4)
    • LAW H512/HSERV 551 — Health Law (2)
    • LAW H520/PHG 523 — Genetics and the Law (3)
    • LAW H530 — Disability Law (3)
    • LAW H570 — Bio-entrepreneurship and the Law (3)
    • LAW H580 — Competition in Health Care (3)
  • Methods (3) Any of the following courses:
  • HSERV 521 — Qualitative Methods in Health Services Research
  • HSERV 522 — Health Program Evaluation (3-5)
  • HSERV 523 — Advanced Health Services Research Methods (4)
  • HSERV 526 — Qualitative Research Methods (4)
  • HSERV 527 — Survey Research Methods (4)
  • HSERV 548 — Social Determinants of Health Research Methods (3)
  • HSERV 584 — Assessing Outcomes in health and Medicine (3)
  • HSERV 590 — Advanced Qualitative Methods
  • PB AF 513 — Public Policy Analysis (4)
  • PB AF 518 — Applied Cost Benefit Analysis (3)
  • PB AF 522 — Public Management Budgeting (4)
  • PB AF 526 — Program Evaluation (3)
  • PB AF 529 — Advanced Multivariate Analysis (3)
  • PHG 543 — Social and Behavioral Research Methods in Public Health Genetics (3)
  • One Ethics Course
    • BH 523 — Biomedical Ethics (3)
    • PB AF 506 — Ethics and Public Policy (3)
    • LAW H504/PHG 512 — Legal, Ethical, & Social Issues in Public Health Genetics (3)
    • PHG 522 — Ethical Frameworks for Public Health Genetics
    • PHG 525 — Public Commentary on Ethical Issues in Public Health Genetics
    • PHG 551 — Human Genomics: Science, Ethics & Society
  • Highly Recommended but not required: HSERV 51  Health Systems and Policy

Electives (7 credits minimum)

Seminars, Practicum, Thesis Credits (minimum of 18 credits):

  • HSERV 592 — HPAP Seminar (6 )
  • HSERV 595 — Master’s Practicum (3 credits minimum; 6 maximum)
  • HSERV 700 — Master’s Thesis (9 credits minimum)
  • or HSERV 599 — Capstone Project

 

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