MPH-JD Dual Public Health Degree

The Masters of Public Health – Juris Doctorate (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, may expand 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.

Explore MPH-JD Dual Degree Programs

Boston University

Boston, MA · Traditional Format

Campbell University

Buies Creek, NC · Traditional Format

Case Western Reserve University

Cleveland, OH · Traditional Format

Columbia University

New York, NY · Traditional Format

Des Moines University

Des Moines, IA · Traditional Format

Drexel University

Philadelphia, PA · Traditional Format

Emory University

Atlanta, GA · Traditional Format

George Washington University

Washington, DC · Traditional Format

Harvard University

Boston, MA · Traditional Format

Hofstra University

Hempstead, NY · Traditional Format

Indiana University at Bloomington

Bloomington, IN · Traditional Format

Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis

Indianapolis, IN · Traditional Format

Johns Hopkins University

Baltimore, MD · Traditional Format

Northeastern University

Boston, MA · Traditional Format

Pennsylvania State University

Hershey, PA · Traditional Format

Rutgers University

Piscataway, NJ · Traditional Format

Saint Louis University

St. Louis, MO · Traditional Format

Temple University

Philadelphia, PA · Traditional Format

Thomas Jefferson University

Philadelphia, PA · Traditional Format

Tufts University

Boston, MA · Traditional Format

Tulane University

New Orleans, LA · Traditional Format

University of Alabama at Birmingham

Birmingham, AL · Traditional Format

University of Arizona

Tuscon, AZ · Traditional Format

University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences

Little Rock, AR · Traditional Format

University of Buffalo – SUNY

Buffalo, NY · Traditional Format

University of California at Los Angeles

Los Angeles, CA · Traditional Format

University of Connecticut

Hartford, CT · Traditional Format

University of Florida

Gainesville, FL · Traditional Format

University of Georgia

Athens, GA · Traditional Format

University of Illinois at Chicago

Chicago, IL · Traditional Format

University of Iowa

Iowa City, IA · Traditional Format

University of Maine

Portland, ME · Traditional Format

University of Maryland

Baltimore, MD · Traditional Format

University of Memphis

Memphis, TN · Traditional Format

University of Miami

Miami, FL · Traditional Format

University of Michigan

Ann Arbor, MI · Traditional Format

University of Minnesota

Minneapolis, MN · Traditional Format

University of Nebraska Medical Center

Omaha, NE · Traditional Format

University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Charlotte, NC · Traditional Format

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA · Traditional Format

University of Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh, PA · Traditional Format

University of South Florida

Tampa, FL · Traditional Format

University of Tennessee

Knoxville, TN · Traditional Format

University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

Houston, TX · Traditional Format

University of Virginia

Charlottesville, VA · Traditional Format

University of Wisconsin at Madison

Madison, WI · Traditional Format

Washington University in St. Louis

St. Louis, MO · Traditional Format

Yale University

New Haven, CT · Traditional Format

Information updated as of April 2020