Kline School of Law and Dornsife School of Public Health
The joint program in law and public health allows highly motivated students to study law and public health in an integrated manner. Obtaining a degree in public health, in addition to a law degree, dramatically expands career opportunities in health, medicine and law. Program graduates are ideally qualified for academia, research institutions, health care systems, or expert consulting for health care clients.
In addition to acquiring basic skills in the two disciplines, the program is designed to teach students about links between law and public health. They take courses at Drexel's Kline School of Law and Dornsife School of Public Health and earn degrees from both, while concentrating their public health studies in the Department of Health Management and Policy. They may also choose to complete the health law concentration at the Law School, but it is not required.
The program includes a community-based master’s project that involves a research or similar project conducted at a public health organization, such as a university, health clinic, hospital, government health department, or consulting firm to further develop the student’s skills.
Students take their first year of study at Thomas R. Kline School of Law 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 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 both research and teaching. The faculty of the Law School includes experts in health law, who teach in the school’s health law program. The faculty of the 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.
Students take a total of 79 semester credits at the Law School, including all required courses, and 58 quarter credits at the School of Public Health, including all required courses. Six quarter credits from the School of Public Health apply to the law degree. Four semester credits from the Law School apply to the public health degree. (One quarter credit is equivalent to two-thirds of a semester credit.) At least two law electives must be courses in health law. If a student discontinues his or her course of study at one of the schools, courses taken at that school will no longer be eligible for transfer to the remaining school.
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