The University of Miami School of Law and School of Medicine/Teaching 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. 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.
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, Teaching 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, Teaching Programs in Public Health.
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. The State of Florida pays a portion of the tuition for Florida residents in the M.P.H. portion of the program.
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:
Students also have to complete at least 12 credits from among the following courses:
The following 30 credits in core courses are required for the M.P.H. degree:
Students also have to complete 3 credits from among the following courses:
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.
Executive Liaison, Interdisciplinary Programs and Initiatives
University of Miami School of Law
Director, Education, Teaching Programs
Epidemiology and Public Health
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