Law (JD) / Public Health (MPH)

Major: Law and Public Health
Degree Awarded: Juris Doctor (JD) and Master of Public Health (MPH)
Calendar Type: Quarter
Total Credit Hours: 126.0
Co-op Option: Available for full-time on-campus graduate students
Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) code: 22.0208
Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) code: 23-1011

About the Program

The joint program in law and public health allows highly motivated students to study law and public health in an integrated manner. Students take courses at Drexel's Thomas R. Kline School of Law and 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. They spend the second and third years taking courses at both schools, including the standard core courses at the School of Public Health in the Department of Health Management and Policy. During those years, or in the summers at their option, they take a co-op in a public health law setting and complete a public health project related to it. Depending on the pace of coursework they select, students typically finish the two degrees in either three or three-and-a-half years.

Admission Requirements

Applicants to the JD/MPH Program must possess a baccalaureate degree and meet admission criteria at both schools (The Kline School of Law and the Dornsife School of Public Health). These include a satisfactory score on the LSAT (which is accepted by the 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 School of Public Health. Applicants who are accepted to only one of the schools may attend that school alone.

Degree Requirements

Required Law Courses
LAW 550STorts4.0
LAW 552SContracts4.0
LAW 554SCivil Procedure4.0
LAW 556SProperty4.0
LAW 558SCriminal Law4.0
LAW 555SLegislation and Regulation3.0
LAW 565SLegal Methods I3.0
LAW 566SLegal Methods II3.0
LAW 560SConstitutional Law4.0
LAW 674SHealth Care Fraud and Abuse2.0
LAW 780SHealth Care Quality Regulation3.0
LAW 781SHealth Care Cost and Access Regulation3.0
LAW 782SHealth Policy Colloquium2.0
LAW 784SHealth Care Finance2.0
LAW 830SProfessional Responsibility3.0
Law Electives22.0
LAW 931SLaw Co-op7.0
LAW 654SLawyering Practice Seminar2.0
Required Public Health Courses
HMP 500Health Management and Policy I3.0
HMP 501Health Management and Policy II3.0
HMP 510Evolution of United States Health Policy3.0
HMP 511Legal Aspects of Public Health3.0
HMP 512The Business of Healthcare: Advanced Healthcare Financial Management3.0
HMP 750Integrative Learning Experience2.0
HMP 751Integrative Learning Experience II2.0
PBHL 510Public Health Foundations and Systems I4.0
PBHL 511Public Health Foundations and Systems II4.0
PBHL 512Methods for Public Health Research I 4.0
PBHL 513Methods for Public Health Research II4.0
Social Determinants (select one)3.0
Health Disparities: Systemic, Structural, Environmental & Economic
Historical and Contemporary Developments in Social Justice
Perspectives on Gender, Race, Ethnicity, and Social Class
Issues in United States Health Policy
Violence, Trauma and Adversity in Public Health
Public Health Leadership
Health Policy or Health Management Concentration (select one)9.0
Health Policy Concentration
Outcomes and Impact Evaluation
Policy Analysis for Population Health
Health Economics I
Health Management Concentration
Healthcare Planning Principles and Practice
Health Organizational Leadership
Health Care Organizations and Management
Total Credits126.0

Sample Plan of Study

Health Policy Concentration

First Year
FallCredits
LAW 550STorts4.0
LAW 552SContracts4.0
LAW 554SCivil Procedure4.0
LAW 565SLegal Methods I3.0
 Term Credits15.0
Spring
LAW 558SCriminal Law4.0
LAW 556SProperty4.0
LAW 555SLegislation and Regulation3.0
LAW 566SLegal Methods II3.0
 Term Credits14.0
Summer
LAW 830SProfessional Responsibility3.0
Law Elective3.0
 Term Credits6.0
Second Year
Fall
HMP 500Health Management and Policy I3.0
PBHL 510Public Health Foundations and Systems I4.0
PBHL 512Methods for Public Health Research I 4.0
LAW 560SConstitutional Law4.0
LAW 780SHealth Care Quality Regulation3.0
 Term Credits18.0
Winter
HMP 501Health Management and Policy II3.0
PBHL 511Public Health Foundations and Systems II4.0
PBHL 513Methods for Public Health Research II4.0
 Term Credits11.0
Spring
HMP 510Evolution of United States Health Policy3.0
HMP 512The Business of Healthcare: Advanced Healthcare Financial Management3.0
LAW 781SHealth Care Cost and Access Regulation3.0
Law Elective 6.0
PH Social Determinants Elective3.0
 Term Credits18.0
Summer
LAW 931SLaw Co-op7.0
LAW 654SLawyering Practice Seminar2.0
 Term Credits9.0
Third Year
Fall
HMP 514Policy Analysis for Population Health3.0
HMP 750Integrative Learning Experience2.0
HMP 852Health Economics I3.0
Law Electives5.0
 Term Credits13.0
Winter
CHP 605Outcomes and Impact Evaluation3.0
HMP 511Legal Aspects of Public Health3.0
HMP 751Integrative Learning Experience II2.0
 Term Credits8.0
Spring
LAW 784SHealth Care Finance2.0
LAW 782SHealth Policy Colloquium2.0
Law Electives10.0
 Term Credits14.0
Total Credit: 126.0

Health Management Concentration

First Year
FallCredits
LAW 550STorts4.0
LAW 552SContracts4.0
LAW 554SCivil Procedure4.0
LAW 565SLegal Methods I3.0
 Term Credits15.0
Spring
LAW 558SCriminal Law4.0
LAW 556SProperty4.0
LAW 566SLegal Methods II3.0
LAW 555SLegislation and Regulation3.0
 Term Credits14.0
Summer
LAW 830SProfessional Responsibility3.0
Law Elective3.0
 Term Credits6.0
Second Year
Fall
PBHL 510Public Health Foundations and Systems I4.0
PBHL 512Methods for Public Health Research I 4.0
HMP 500Health Management and Policy I3.0
LAW 780SHealth Care Quality Regulation3.0
LAW 560SConstitutional Law4.0
 Term Credits18.0
Winter
PBHL 511Public Health Foundations and Systems II4.0
PBHL 513Methods for Public Health Research II4.0
HMP 501Health Management and Policy II3.0
 Term Credits11.0
Spring
HMP 512The Business of Healthcare: Advanced Healthcare Financial Management3.0
HMP 513Healthcare Planning Principles and Practice3.0
HMP 516Health Care Organizations and Management3.0
LAW 781SHealth Care Cost and Access Regulation3.0
Law Elective 6.0
 Term Credits18.0
Summer
LAW 931SLaw Co-op7.0
LAW 654SLawyering Practice Seminar2.0
 Term Credits9.0
Third Year
Fall
HMP 510Evolution of United States Health Policy3.0
HMP 515Health Organizational Leadership3.0
HMP 750Integrative Learning Experience2.0
Law Electives6.0
 Term Credits14.0
Winter
HMP 511Legal Aspects of Public Health3.0
PH Social Determinants Elective3.0
HMP 751Integrative Learning Experience II2.0
 Term Credits8.0
Spring
LAW 784SHealth Care Finance2.0
LAW 782SHealth Policy Colloquium2.0
Law Electives9.0
 Term Credits13.0
Total Credit: 126.0
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