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JD-Master of Public Health Program

The joint JD-MPH Program allows highly motivated students to study law and public health in an integrated manner. They take courses at the Law School and Drexel's Dornsife School of Public Health and earn degrees from both. In addition to acquiring basic skills in the two disciplines, students gain a unique perspective on the interrelation between them.

Students take their first year of study at the Law School where they complete the standard first-year curriculum. During the upper-class years, they take courses at both schools, in addition to a public health-related law co-op. Depending on the pace of coursework they select, students finish the two degrees in either three or three-and-a-half years. Both degrees are awarded simultaneously.

Faculty at both schools include nationally recognized experts in public health and health law. Those at the Law School include scholars specializing in health system structure, health care finance, patient rights, bioethics and patient safety. Those at the Dornsife School of Public Health include scholars specializing in health disparities, public health systems, and health policy. The program director, Dr. Robert Field, holds appointments at both schools.

Students concentrate their public health studies in the Department of Health Management and Policy and select a focus on either policy or management. They may choose to complete the Health Law concentration at the Law School, but it is not required.

Applicants to the JD-MPH Program must possess a baccalaureate degree and must meet admission criteria at both schools. These include a satisfactory score on the LSAT (which is accepted by the Dornsife School of Public Health in lieu of the GRE), a superior undergraduate grade point average, personal recommendations, and an essay describing their background and career interests.

Length of the Program

3 - 3.5

Admissions Process

Students accepted to the Kline School of Law may apply for the MPH before matriculation or at the end of their first year in the law school. A GRE is required only if the student has not taken the LSAT. To apply, students will complete the release form to transfer their application materials between schools. The Dornsife School of Public Health will request the student’s law admissions materials for review, so the student need not resubmit those materials.

Curriculum

Students spend their first year full-time in Law, and then take classes simultaneously in both programs beginning in their second year. The programs share credits such that students must complete a minimum of 79 Law credits (rather than 85) and a minimum of 45 Public Health credits (rather than 54). Students must complete all specific course requirements in both programs, as well as the 50 pro bono hours required for the JD. Students are not permitted to take Summer quarter courses in Public Health due to academic calendar regulations.

Sample Plan of Study

Financial Awards

The Dornsife School of Public Health may offer some scholarship aid to JD/MPH students. This is awarded separately from any Law School scholarship. Tuition and fee rates can be found here.

Conditions

A 2.5 minimum cumulative law GPA is required for acceptance to the MPH part of the program. Students’ acceptance prior to Law School matriculation may be conditional on this GPA. Students must maintain a 3.0 cumulative GPA at the Dornsife School of Public Health to remain in good standing and complete the program, and students will not receive credit toward the MPH for courses in which the grade earned is below a “C”. For the 4 semester credits (6 quarter credits) in Law that the Dornsife School of Public Health will accept toward the MPH, students must earn a minimum grade of “C”. Students must maintain a 2.20 cumulative GPA in the Kline School of Law to remain in good standing and complete the program.

Professor Robert I. Field

Robert I. Field

Director of JD-Master of Public Health Program

Professor Robert I. Field is an expert in public health law.  He is the author of "Mother of Invention: How the Government Created 'Free-Market' Health Care," and “Health Care Regulation in America: Complexity, Confrontation and Compromise,” both published by Oxford University Press. He led the Health Policy Program at the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia, directed physician practice acquisitions for the University of Pennsylvania Health System and conducted research at the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences.

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