MPH-JD Dual Public Health Degree

Due to the Affordable Care Act, there has been an increased need for attorneys with specialized expertise in healthcare. The Masters of Public Health - Juris Doctorate (MPH-JD) dual degree provides just that! The MPH-JD dual degree prepares students to succeed in the dynamic fields of health law and public health policy through acquiring basic skills in the two disciplines, plus learning how the two link together.

To effectively address public health policy problems and influence policymakers, students will develop various skills in the JD portion of the MPH-JD program. Students will gain a concrete understanding of how public health policies are expressed in laws and regulations, develop the ability to analyze the legal environment and carry out public health programs and activities in compliance with legal requirements, comprehend legal ramifications of proposals for health care and social welfare reform, and gain the skills to advocate for sound public health policy. These skills will be gained through courses such as bioethics and law, disability law, Health law and policy, human rights and global economy, and reproductive and sexual rights and health. 

Just as law is central to protecting public health, knowledge of public health disciplines are essential to today’s health law practice. The MPH portion of the MPH-JD dual degree program gives students the training they need to understand why and how to use the law to improve the health status of populations through courses such as biostatistics, environmental health, health policy, research methods, epidemiology, health promotion, and global health. Students will also gain knowledge in the social determinants of health and the ever-changing structure of health care delivery in general and emergency settings. 

Obtaining a degree in public health, in addition to a law degree, dramatically expands career opportunities in health, medicine, and law. Graduates from MPH-JD dual degree programs can succeed in public policy positions, working with government or nongovernment organization to develop policy and/or draft legislation and regulations for food fortification, population planning and control, improving the status of women, protecting the human rights of refugees, or other similar public health matters. Additionally, MPH-JD dual-degree holders may work as a lawyer specializing in health care delivery, insurance, biotechnology, human rights; general counsel in a public or private hospital; or serve as experts within think tanks, devising appropriate legal responses to public health challenges.

MPH-JD Dual Public Health Degree Programs

Boston University

Boston University - MPH-JD - Public Health - MPH-JD - Traditional

Case Western Reserve University

Case Western Reserve University - MPH-JD - Public Health - MPH-JD - Traditional

Columbia University

Columbia University - MPH-JD - Public Health - MPH-JD - Traditional

Drexel University

Drexel University - MPH-JD - Public Health - MPH-JD - Traditional

Emory University

Emory University - MPH-JD - Public Health - MPH-JD - Traditional

George Washington University

George Washington University - MPH-JD - Public Health - MPH-JD - Traditional

Georgia State University

George Washington University - MPH-JD - Public Health - MPH-JD - Traditional

Harvard University

Harvard University - MPH-JD - Public Health - MPH-JD - Traditional

Hofstra University

Harvard University - MPH-JD - Public Health - MPH-JD - Traditional

Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis

Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis - MPH-JD - Public Health - MPH-JD - Traditional

Johns Hopkins University

Johns Hopkins University - MPH-JD - Public Health - MPH-JD - Traditional

Northeastern University

Northeastern University - MPH-JD - Public Health - MPH-JD - Traditional

Northeastern University with Tufts University

Northeastern University - MPH-JD - Public Health - MPH-JD - Traditional

Rutgers - The State University of New Jersey

Rutgers - The State University of New Jersey - MPH-JD - Public Health - MPH-JD - Traditional

Saint Louis University

Saint Louis University - MPH-JD - Public Health - MPH-JD

Temple University

Temple University - MPH-JD - Public Health - MPH-JD

Thomas Jefferson University

Thomas Jefferson University - MPH-JD - Public Health - MPH-JD - Traditional , Non-Traditional, Hybrid,

Tufts University School of Medicine

Tufts University School of Medicine - MPH-JD - Public Health - MPH-JD - Traditional

University at Albany - SUNY

University at Buffalo - SUNY - MPH-JD - Public Health - MPH-JD - Traditional

University of Alabama at Birmingham

University of Alabama at Birmingham - MPH-JD - Public Health - MPH-JD - Traditional

University of Arizona

University of Arizona - MPH-JD - Public Health - MPH-JD - Traditional

University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences

University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences - MPH-JD - Public Health - MPH-JD - Traditional

University at Buffalo - SUNY

University at Buffalo - SUNY - MPH-JD - Public Health - MPH-JD - Traditional

University of California - Los Angeles

University of California - Los Angeles - MPH-JD - Public Health - MPH-JD - Traditional

University of Connecticut

University of Connecticut - MPH-JD - Public Health - MPH-JD - Traditional

University of Florida

University of Florida - MPH-JD - Public Health - MPH-JD - Traditional

University of Georgia

University of Florida - MPH-JD - Public Health - MPH-JD - Traditional

University of Illinois at Chicago

University of Illinois at Chicago - MPH-JD - Public Health - MPH-JD - Traditional

University of Iowa

University of Iowa - MPH-JD - Public Health - MPH-JD - Traditional

University of Maine

University of Iowa - MPH-JD - Public Health - MPH-JD - Traditional

University of Maryland at Baltimore

University of Maryland at Baltimore - MPH-JD - Public Health - MPH-JD - Traditional

University of Miami

University of Miami - MPH-JD - Public Health - MPH-JD - Traditional

University of Michigan

University of Michigan - MPH-JD - Public Health - MPH-JD - Traditional

University of Minnesota

University of Minnesota - MPH-JD - Public Health - MPH-JD - Traditional

University of Nebraska Medical Center

University of Nebraska Medical Center - MPH-JD - Public Health - MPH-JD - Traditional

University of North Carolina Charlotte

University of North Carolina Charlotte - MPH-JD - Public Health - MPH-JD - Traditional

University of Pennsylvania

University of Pennsylvania - MPH-JD - Public Health - MPH-JD - Traditional

University of Pittsburgh

University of Pittsburgh - MPH-JD - Health Policy & Law - MPH-JD - Traditional

University of South Florida

University of South Florida - MPH-JD - Public Health - MPH-JD - Traditional

University of Tennessee

University of Tennessee - MPH-JD - Health Policy and Management - MPH-JD - Traditional

University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston - MPH-JD - Public Health - MPH-JD - Traditional

University of Virginia

University of Virginia - MPH-JD - Public Health - MPH-JD - Traditional

University of Washington

University of Washington - MPH-JD - Public Health - MPH-JD - Traditional

Yale University

Yale University - MPH-JD - Public Health - MPH-JD - Traditional