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What is a JD-MPH Dual Degree?

The Juris Doctor (JD) and Master of Public Health (MPH) dual degree offered by Drexel’s Kline School of Law and the Dornsife School of Public Health is a full-time graduate program that allows students to pursue JD and MPH degrees simultaneously.

The combination of these programs helps students develop an expertise in public-health related legal issues. Earning a combined JD and MPH will open doors to a wide variety of opportunities.

Throughout this joint program students will gain a deep understanding of the interplay between law, health and policy from different angles, increasing marketability to law firms, hospital networks, insurance companies and government agencies that regulate the delivery of health care.

Unique benefits of the JD-MPH program at Drexel include:

  • Read-world experience: During Co-op, students work in a public health law setting, such as a corporation, law firm, public interest organization, or government agency.
  • Renowned faculty: Faculty at both schools include nationally recognized experts in public health and health law.
  • Choose your concentration: Students may choose to focus on either Health Policy or Health Management.

Students graduate with a unique perspective on the interrelation between law and public health.

Program Overview

Students can finish both degrees in as little as three years.

  • Year 1: Students take their first year of study at the Law School where they complete the standard first-year curriculum.
  • Years 2 - 3: 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.

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Dual JD-MPH Admissions Requirements

Prospective students may apply either before they begin their studies or during their first year of law school at Kline. To be considered for the JD-MPH Dual Degree Program, applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • A baccalaureate degree from an institution accredited by one of the regional accrediting associations of the United States or, if foreign educated, a degree equivalent to a four year baccalaureate degree
  • Superior undergraduate grade point average
  • LSAT scores

The candidate’s undergraduate grade point average and LSAT scores will be strong factors in determining admission to the law school. In addition, the Admissions Committee will consider a student’s extracurricular activities, work experience, and volunteer service.

To learn more about the JD-MPH Dual Degree Program’s admission requirements, please visit the page on Kline School of Law's website below.

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Application Requirements for the JD and MPH Program

In order for your application to be reviewed, applicants must submit the following documents:

  • Completed Application. As part of Drexel University's Green Initiative, the Kline School of Law features a completely paperless application process through the Law School Admission Council (LSAC).
  • LSDAS registration. All applicants, including those educated abroad, are required to register with the Law School Data Assembly Service (LSDAS). The LSDAS will provide Kline with a report containing information important in the admission process. Your LSDAS report will include:
  • An undergraduate academic summary
  • An undergraduate, graduate and law/professional school transcripts
  • LSAT scores
  • Letters of recommendation (at least two) processed by LSAC
  • Resume. Describe your employment history, including part-time and summer employment. Attach the resume to your application
  • English proficiency test score (TOEFL or IELTS), if applicable
  • Personal statement: In an essay, discuss your motivation for attending law school and why you believe we will help you achieve your goals. Attach the personal statement to your application.

To learn more about the JD-MPH Dual Degree Program’s application requirements, please visit the page on Kline School of Law's website below.

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JD-MPH Application Process

Applicants to the JD-MPH program must first be admitted to the Thomas R. Kline School of Law prior to consideration for the dual degree program.

A 2.5 minimum cumulative law GPA is required for acceptance to the MPH part of the program.

To apply to the Dornsife School of Public Health complete the application release form below to transfer application materials between schools. Dornsife will request law admissions materials for review, so there is no need to resubmit those materials.

Application release form (PDF)

JD-MPH Dual Degree Program Curriculum

The JD-MPH Dual Degree program offers a rigorous course curriculum that is focused on the interplay between law, policy, health management, and public health.

Students follow a course of study to gain knowledge and expertise in areas including:

  • Health Policy Legislation and Regulation
  • Health System Structure
  • Public Health Foundations and Systems
  • Public Health Research Methods
  • Legal Aspects of Public Health

The JD-MPH Dual Degree program requires three years of structured coursework, consisting of required core courses and electives in the Drexel Kline School of Law
and the Dornsife School of Public Health.

Core courses in the program include:

  • LAW 780S Health Care Quality Regulation – 3 credits
  • LAW 781S Health Care Cost and Access Regulation – 3 credits
  • LAW 784S Health Care Finance – 2 credits
  • HMP 510 Evolution of United States Health Policy – 3 credits
  • HMP 511 Legal Aspects of Public Health – 3 credits
  • HMP 512 The Business of Healthcare: Advanced Healthcare Financial Management – 3 credits

Students learn from faculty at the Kline School of Law who specialize in health system structure, health care finance, patient rights, bioethics and patient safety. They learn from faculty at the Dornsife School of Public Health who specialize in health disparities, public health systems, and health policy. Program Director Robert Field, (JD, MPH, PhD) holds appointments at both schools.

JD-MPH Dual Degree Program Structure

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.

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

To learn more about the JD-MPH Dual Degree program curriculum, course structure, and to see a sample plan of study, please follow the links below.

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Sample Plan of Study

What Can You Do With a JD-MPH Degree?

A joint JD/MPH degree increases your marketability to law firms, hospital networks, insurance companies, health care systems, and government agencies that regulate the delivery of health care.

Issues in health care affect consumers, providers and regulators in different way. Attorneys who understand the law as well as the concerns of these diverse stakeholders are able provide the best guidance and direction to employers and clients who operate in this environment.

A JD-MPH dual degree prepares individuals for a variety of career opportunities, including:

  • Health Care Attorney
  • Policy Director
  • Environmental Attorney
  • Regulatory Attorney

Graduates are well positioned for a successful JD-MPH career working on the health policy issues that face the U.S. today, and that will continue to challenge patients, communities, organizations, and governments for the foreseeable future. 

JD-MPH Salary Scale

Although salaries can range, the median annual wage for lawyers was $126,930 in May 2020.

Gain a deep understanding of the relationship between law, health and policy from different angles with a JD-MPH degree. Request more information today.

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Robert Field, PhD, MPH, JD
Director of JD/MPH Program

David A. Wood, MBA, MS
Executive Director, Enrollment Management