JD-MPH from Kline School of Law and Dornsife School of Public Health
Earning a combined JD-MPH will open doors for you, both as a student and as a professional.
You’ll gain a deep understanding of the interplay between law, health and policy from different angles, increasing your marketability to law firms, hospital networks, insurance companies and government agencies that regulate the delivery of health care.
Issues in health care affect consumers, providers and regulators in different ways. Professionals who understand the law as well as the concerns of these diverse stakeholders can provide the best guidance and direction to employers and clients who operate in this environment.
The joint JD-MPH program features courses at the Kline School of Law and Drexel’s Dornsife School of Public Health, earning degrees from both.
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.
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.
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. Program Director Robert Field, (JD, MPH, PhD) holds appointments at both schools.
Students may apply either before they begin their studies or during their first year of law school.
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, a superior undergraduate grade point average, personal recommendations and an essay describing their background and career interests.
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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.
To apply to the Dornsife School of Public Health complete this release form to transfer your application materials between schools. Dornsife will request your law admissions materials for review, so you need not resubmit those materials.
Application release form (PDF)
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.
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Sample Plan of Study