JD-Master of Public Health Program
Our joint JD-Master of Public Health 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 and complete a co-op placement over the summer. They spend the second year completing the standard core courses at the Dornsife School of Public Health. During the upper-class years, they take courses at both schools, in addition to a public health community-based master’s project. Depending on the pace of coursework that they select, students finish the two degrees in either four or four-and-a-half years. Both degrees are awarded simultaneously.
Faculty at both schools excel at research and teaching. The law school faculty includes experts in health law, who teach in the school’s Health Law Program. The faculty of the Dornsife School of Public Health includes top researchers in health disparities, social justice, and health policy. The program director, Dr. Robert Field, holds appointments at both schools.
Applicants to the JD-MPH Program must possess a baccalaureate degree. They 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. Ordinarily, applications will be considered first by the law school. If the student is accepted, the application is then reviewed by the Dornsife School of Public Health. Applicants who are accepted to only one of the schools may attend that school alone.
Students may apply either before they begin their studies or during their first year of law school. Students concentrate their public health studies in the Department of Health Management and Policy. They may choose to complete the Health Law concentration at the law school, but it is not required.