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Formal JD/MPH Degree Programs

The following list was developed as part of the CDC's Public Health Law Program. (For more information on this program, click here.) It reflects accredited Schools of Public Health that offer joint or concurrent degrees with Schools of Law.  This list was compiled by CDC personnel with help from Katherine DeLand of World Bank and Sara Riedel of the Association of Schools of Public Health.  

[Since most law schools allow up to 12 hours to be taken outside the law school, and the MPH degree is typically 30 hours, many students do an informal joint degree, allowing them to complete both degrees in 3.5 years. EPR]

University of Alabama at Birmingham and Cumberland Law School of Samford University
Officially recognized joint degree program (JD/MPH); dedicated faculty: 1.
Oldest joint degree program that Cumberland offers; started in 1987; 4-year program.
http://www.samford.edu/schools/law/jointdegree7.htm

Boston University Schools of Law and Public Health
Officially recognized joint degree program (JD/MPH); dedicated faculty: 5.
Focus on public health care delivery; 3.5- to 4-year program.
http://www.bumc.bu.edu/Departments/PageMain.asp?Page=664&DepartmentID=95

Emory University Rollins School of Public Health and School of Law
Officially recognized joint degree program (JD/MPH). Strong affiliation with the CDC; numerous student interns are placed at the Office of General Counsel; 3- to 3.5-year program.
http://www.sph.emory.edu/academic/degrees/dual/jd-mph.html

George Washington University Schools of Law and Public Health
Officially recognized joint degree program (JD/MPH). Focus is on Admin. Med., Environmental and Occupational Health, Epi, Biostat, Health Promotion-Disease Prevention, and International Health; 4-year program.
http://www.gwumc.edu/sphhs/jdllmmph.htm

 

University of Illinois at Chicago School of PH and Illinois Institute of Technology's Chicago-Kent University Law School
Officially recognized joint degree program (JD/MPH); 5 JDs involved, 3 JD/MPHs. Emphasis on public health law and not health care law. Future concurrent emphasis is going to be environmental health law; 3.5-year program.
http://www.uic.edu/depts/spha/academic/degree/joint.htm

Johns Hopkins University and Georgetown University Law Center
Officially recognized joint degree program (JD/MPH); 4-year program, including one summer at JHU's School of Public Health.
http://www.law.georgetown.edu/joint_degree/jdmph.html

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor Schools of Law and Public Health
Officially recognized joint degree program (JD/MPH). No dedicated faculty, but a dedicated advisor at the SPH and health law faculty at the law school; 4-year program.
http://www.law.umich.edu/jointdegree/otherpro.htm

University of Minnesota Twin Cities Campus Schools of Law and Public Health
Officially recognized joint degree program (JD/MS or JD/PhD). Focus is on environmental health and health services; no JD/MPH.
http://www.hsr.umn.edu/prog/jdprog.htm

University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill Schools of Law and Public Health
Officially recognized joint degree program (JD/MPH). Full range of public health courses required; student chooses focus; 4-year program. Limited information about degree on website.
http://www.sph.unc.edu/page.cfm?pageID=1041

Northeastern University School of Law and Tufts University Medical School
Officially recognized program; students choose their focus in the MPH program (Environmental Health, Epi/Biostat, Health Communication, HS, or Nutrition); health law emphasis in the JD program; 3.5-year program.
http://www.tufts.edu/med/gpph/MPH/Jd/index.html

University of Ohio Schools of Law and Public Health
Officially recognized JD/MHA program with JD/MPH possible through arrangement with both schools.
http://www.sph.ohio-state.edu/handbook/sect9.html

University of Oklahoma Colleges of Law and Public Health
Officially recognized joint degree program (JD/MPH). Designed for students who wish to practice law in the public health arena or enter the public health field directly; 4-year program.
http://w3.ouhsc.edu/hap/jdmph.asp

University of Pittsburgh Schools of Law and Public Health
Officially recognized joint degree program (JD/MPH). Focus on health policy and health care; 3.5-year program. A Health Law Certificate is also available to law students.
http://www.law.pitt.edu/Admit/admimph.htm

Saint Louis University Schools of Law and Public Health
Officially recognized joint degree program (JD/MPH). Oriented to augment the training of health law practitioners; 4-year program.
http://law.slu.edu/admissions/AcademicPrograms/joint_degrees.html

University of Texas, Houston School of Public Health and University of Houston Law Center
Officially recognized concurrent degree program (JD/MPH). Management orientation; 3.5-year program.
http://www.law.uh.edu/healthlaw/academic.html#J.D./M.P.H. Program

Tulane University Schools of Law and Public Health
Officially recognized joint degree program (JD/MPH); focus on environmental health to train students to represent government or industry. MPH in Environmental Health Sciences only; no other divisions in public health school open to law students.
http://www.law.tulane.edu/admit/catalog/sec_6/sectio6o.htm

University of Washington Schools of Law and Public Health
Health law concentration available and it is possible to create ad hoc joint degree programs.
http://www.law.washington.edu/LawSchool/genbul/concurrent.html

Yale University Schools of Law and Public Health
Officially available by special arrangement with the Law School. The department mentioned is environmental health, but it seems that any emphasis in public health would be acceptable; 4-year program.
http://info.med.yale.edu/eph/html/education/edu_jointdegrees.html


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