J.D./M.P.H. in Public Health


The University of Miami School of Law and School of Medicine/Graduate Programs in Public Health offer a joint degree program in law and public health. Upon completion of the program, a student earns the Juris Doctor degree from the School of Law and a Master of Public Health degree from the School of Medicine, Teaching Programs in Public Health.

Credits & Timing

A student may be able to complete requirements for both degrees within three and a half years in an intensive program of seven semesters and three full summers. The joint program saves a student 18 credits over wholly separate degrees. An individual essentially completes 82 credits in law courses and 33 credits in public health courses (for a total of 115 credits) in order to receive the joint J.D./M.P.H. degrees.

  Requirements: Juris Doctor (J.D.)

In addition to the general law required courses (58 credits) for the J.D., students in the joint J.D./M.P.H. program must complete the following required health law courses:

  • Administrative Law (3 credits)
  • Environmental Law (3 credits)
  • Law and Medicine (3 credits)

Students also have to complete at least 12 credits from among the following courses:

  • Animal Law Workshop (2 credits)
  • Children and Youth Law Clinic (6 credits)
  • Health Rights and Education/Elder Law Clinic (6 credits)
  • Elder Law (3 credits)
  • Finance and Regulation of Health Care (3 credits)
  • Health Care Practicum (4 credits)
  • Insurance Law (3 credits)
  • International Environmental Law (3 credits)
  • New Directions in Lawyering (3 credits)
  • Sexuality and the Law Seminar/Workshop (2 credits)
  • State and Local Government Law (3 credits)
  • Therapeutic Jurisprudence Seminar (2 credits)

 Requirements: Master of Public Health (M.P.H.)

The following 30 credits in core courses are required for the M.P.H. degree:

  • Basic Pathology and Pathophysiology (3 credits)
  • Environmental Health (3 credits)
  • Ethical Issues in Epidemiology (3 credits)
  • Fundamentals of Epidemiology (3 credits)
  • Health Education and Behavior (3 credits)
  • Medical Biostatistics I (3 credits)
  • Medical Biostatistics II (3 credits)
  • Public Health Administration (3 credits)
  • Public Health Project (3 credits)
  • Research Seminar (3 credits)

Students also have to complete 3 credits from among the following courses:

  • Accident Prevention Systems (3 credits)
  • Advanced Demography (3 credits)
  • Air Pollution (3 credits)
  • Biochemical Toxicology (2 credits)
  • Cancer Epidemiology (3 credits)
  • Cardiovascular Disease Epidemiology and Prevention (3 credits)
  • Chronic Disease Epidemiology (3 credits)
  • Environmental Microbiology (3 credits)
  • Forensic Epidemiology (3 credits)
  • HIV/AIDS as a Public Health Issue (3 credits)
  • Industrial Hygiene I (3 credits)
  • Industrial Hygiene II (3 credits)
  • Infectious Disease Epidemiology (3 credits)

In addition to the 33 public health credits, students must also complete the 12 credits in required health law courses (for a total of 45 credits) before the M.P.H. degree will be conferred.

Hear From a Student: Why a JD/MPH Degree?

Becky Greenfield talks about wanted to study public health policy and how this combination of degrees will give her the background necessary for her career goals. 

Hear why Amanda Leipold, J.D./Masters in Public Health, 2012, decided to pursue this joint degree and specifically chose Miami Law for having this option. Her goal is to find solutions to the problem of limited health care access for the poor, particularly women and children and wants to use these degrees as tools to create law and policy that will address the systemic sources of limited access to health care for low income women and children around the world. Undergraduate School: University of Madison-Wisconsin  Major: Political Science  State From: Illinois

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Application Information

Students who apply for the joint J.D./M.P.H. program must apply to both the School of Law and the School of Medicine, Graduate Programs in Public Health, with their designated application material. The applicant must achieve a qualifying score on the Law School Admissions Test (LSAT) for admission to the respective schools. The applicant must notify both schools that he or she is applying for the joint J.D./M.P.H. program, and in order to remain in the joint J.D./M.P.H. program, students must meet minimum standards of both the School of Law and the School of Medicine, Graduate Programs in Public Health.

For more information


Sandy Abraham
Executive Liaison, Interdisciplinary Programs and Initiatives
University of Miami School of Law
Tel: 305-284-4030
E-mail: sabraham@law.miami.edu


Julie Kornfeld
Director, Education, Teaching Programs
Epidemiology and Public Health
Tel: 305-243-4563
E-mail: j.kornfeld@miami.edu


Joint JD/Master’s or Doctoral Degree
For degrees with other schools at the University of Miami, please contact Sandra Abraham, Executive Liaison for Interdisciplinary Programs and Initiatives.
Phone: 305-284-4030

Joint JD/LLM Degrees
For additional information, please see each respective LL.M. program page for contact information.

For additional information, please see each respective concentration page for contact information.