Law / Health Management and Policy

Major: Law / Health Management and Policy
Degree Awarded: Juris Doctor (JD) and Master of Public Health (MPH)
Calendar Type: Quarter (MPH); Semester (JD)
Minimum Required Credits: 126.0 (47 quarter MPH credits and 79 semester JD credits)

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 dual degree in law and public health allows highly motivated students to take courses at Drexel's Thomas R. Kline School of Law and Dornsife School of Public Health and earn degrees from both. They acquire basic skills in both disciplines and gain a unique perspective on their intersection. The first year of study is at the Law School, where students complete the standard first-year curriculum. They take full-time public health courses during either their second or third year at their option. At the Dornsife School of Public Health, they major in Health Management and Policy for the MPH, learning the skills necessary for management and policy-making roles in health care delivery and population health. After completing the MPH curriculum, students return to the Law School to complete the law curriculum. As part of their studies, they take a co-op in a public health law setting and complete a related public health project. Students typically finish both programs in three-and-a-half years.

Students are awarded the JD and MPH degrees at the end of the dual degree program once all degree requirements for the JD and MPH are completed.

Additional Information

For more information about this program, please contact:

Academic Advising Team
Office of Education
Dornsife School of Public Health
dsphadvising@drexel.edu

Theresa Gallo
Assistant Dean of Academic & Student Services
Thomas R. Kline School of Law
tg337@drexel.edu

Additional information can be found on the Dornsife School of Public Health website, including admissions criteria and how to apply.

Degree Requirements

Please note that the credits for the LAW courses are shown in semester credits, and the Public Health courses are shown in quarter credits. The JD/MPH joint program requires the completion of 56.0 quarter credits in Public Health and 85.0 semester credits in Law. However 6.0 semester elective credits and 9.0 quarter elective credits are shared. 

Required Law Courses
LAW 550STorts4.0
LAW 552SContracts4.0
LAW 554SCivil Procedure4.0
LAW 555SLegislation and Regulation3.0
LAW 556SProperty4.0
LAW 558SCriminal Law4.0
LAW 560SConstitutional Law4.0
LAW 565SLegal Methods I3.0
LAW 566SLegal Methods II3.0
LAW 830SProfessional Responsibility2.0-3.0
LAW 780SHealth Care Quality Regulation3.0
LAW 781SHealth Care Business Regulation3.0
Law Electives and Menu Requirements (43.0-44.0 credits total; 6.0 of which are satisfied by HMP 500, HMP 501, HMP 511)38.0-37.0
One Upper-Level Writing Course (WUL)
One Statutory Course
One Professional Practice Course
Required Public Health Courses
Core Courses
BST 571Introduction to Biostatistics3.0
EPI 570Introduction to Epidemiology3.0
HMP 505Qualitative Data and Mixed Methods Analysis3.0
PBHL 510Public Health Foundations and Systems I4.0
PBHL 511Public Health Foundations and Systems II4.0
Major Courses
HMP 500Health Management and Policy I3.0
HMP 501Health Management and Policy II3.0
HMP 550Health Disparities: Systemic, Structural, Environmental & Economic3.0
Policy Selective3.0
Legal Aspects of Public Health *
Management Selective (select one)3.0
The Business of Healthcare: Advanced Healthcare Financial Management
Health Care Organizations and Management
Management of Healthcare Outcomes
Social Justice/Equity Selective (select one)3.0
Maternal & Child Health Policy
Historical and Contemporary Developments in Social Justice
Violence, Trauma and Adversity in Public Health
Public Health and the Complexity of Mental Health Policy: Exploring Past, Present, and Future
Public Health Advocacy and Activism
The Politics of Food & Gender
Health Systems Policy Analysis
Abolition Frameworks for Public Health: Transformative Policies for a New Society
Disability and Measurement
Medicaid and Disability Policy
Applied Practical Experience
PBHL 500Practical Experience for the Master of Public Health0.0
Integrative Learning Experience
HMP 750Integrative Learning Experience3.0
HMP 751Integrative Learning Experience II3.0
Public Health Electives6.0
15.0 credits of electives, 9.0 of which are satisfied by LAW 780S and LAW 781S
BST 500 - 999
CHP 500 - 999
EOH 500 - 999
EPI 500 - 999
HMP 500 - 999
PBHL 500 - 999
Total Credits126.0
*

Required as Policy Selective for JD/MPH students

Upper-Level Writing (WUL) Courses (may also be used as electives once requirement is fulfilled):
LAW 610SReproductive Rights & Justice2.0-3.0
LAW 611SSex, Gender, & the Law3.0
LAW 614SSupreme Court Seminar3.0
LAW 640SEducation Law2.0-3.0
LAW 647SThe Rights of Children2.0
LAW 656SJustice Lawyering Sem1.0-3.0
LAW 673SCrime and Community2.0
LAW 741SEstate Planning2.0
LAW 790SToxic Torts2.0
LAW 791SRegulating Patient Safety2.0
LAW 793SMental Health Law3.0
LAW 827SImmigration Litigation2.0
LAW 832SContract Theory Seminar2.0-3.0
LAW 836SLegal History2.0-3.0
LAW 838SFoundations of Legal Analysis2.0
LAW 840SLiterature and The Law Seminar2.0
LAW 842SLaw and Mind Sciences2.0
LAW 844SLaw and Social Movements3.0
LAW 848SCourts and Public Policy2.0-3.0
LAW 882SLitigation Drafting2.0
LAW 884SContract Drafting2.0
LAW 910SAppellate Advocacy2.0
LAW 920SDrexel Law Review1.0-6.0
LAW T880SSpecial Topics in LAW1.0-5.0
Statutory Courses (may also be used as electives once requirement is fulfilled):
LAW 620SAdministrative Law4.0
LAW 622SEmployment Discrimination3.0
LAW 623SElection Law3.0
LAW 624SEnvironmental Law3.0
LAW 642SSpecial Education Law2.0-3.0
LAW 674SHealth Care Fraud and Abuse2.0
LAW 675SFederal Criminal Law2.0-3.0
LAW 676SWhite Collar Crime2.0-3.0
LAW 700SBusiness Organizations3.0-4.0
LAW 701SFederal Income Tax4.0
LAW 702SEnterprise Tax4.0
LAW 706SSecured Transactions3.0
LAW 708SPayment Systems3.0
LAW 710SBankruptcy3.0-4.0
LAW 711SSales3.0
LAW 714SSecurities Regulation3.0
LAW 740STrusts and Estates3.0
LAW 760SCopyright3.0
LAW 764STrademarks & Unfair Competition3.0
LAW 792SFood and Drug Law3.0
LAW 796SInsurance Law2.0
LAW 820SImmigration Law3.0-4.0
LAW 821SEuropean Union Law2.0-3.0
LAW 826SRefugee and Asylum Law2.0
Professional Practice Courses (may also be used as electives once requirement is fulfilled):
LAW 924S
LAW 653S
Entrepreneurial Law Clinic
and Entrepreneurial Law Clinic Seminar
7.0
LAW 931S
LAW 654S
Law Co-op
and Lawyering Practice Seminar
8.0-9.0
LAW 933S
LAW 654S
Co-op Intensive
and Lawyering Practice Seminar
12.0
LAW 941S
LAW 942S
Criminal Litigation Clinic I
and Criminal Litigation Clinic II
12.0
LAW 943S
LAW 944S
Civil Litigation Clinic I
and Civil Litigation Clinic II
12.0
LAW 947S
LAW 948S
Federal Litigation and Appeals Clinic
and Federal Litigation and Appeals Clinic II
12.0
LAW 950S
LAW 951S
Community Lawyering Clinic I
and Community Lawyering Clinic II
12.0
Free Electives (may require permission to enroll)
Any other unspecified LAW course numbered 550S and above may count as a JD elective

Sample Plan of Study

MPH After Law Year 2

First Year
FallCredits SpringCreditsSummerCredits
LAW 550S4.0 LAW 555S3.0VACATION
LAW 552S4.0 LAW 556S4.0 
LAW 554S4.0 LAW 558S4.0 
LAW 565S3.0 LAW 566S3.0 
 15  14 0
Second Year
FallCredits SpringCreditsSummerCredits
LAW 560S4.0 LAW 830S (recommended term)2.0-3.0LAW 654S2.0
LAW 780S3.0 LAW 781S3.0LAW 931S7.0
Law Electives/Menu Requirements7.0 Law Electives/Menu Requirements10.0-9.0 
 14  15 9
Third Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
BST 5713.0EPI 5703.0HMP 5053.0VACATION
HMP 5003.0HMP 5013.0HMP 7513.0 
HMP 5503.0HMP 5113.0PBHL 5000.0 
PBHL 5104.0HMP 7503.0PH Electives6.0 
Management Selective3.0PBHL 5114.0Social Justice/Equity Selective3.0 
 16 16 15 0
Fourth Year
FallCredits   
Law Electives12.0   
 12   
Total Credits 126

MPH After Law Year 1

First Year
FallCredits SpringCreditsSummerCredits
LAW 550S4.0 LAW 555S3.0VACATION
LAW 552S4.0 LAW 556S4.0 
LAW 554S4.0 LAW 558S4.0 
LAW 565S3.0 LAW 566S3.0 
 15  14 0
Second Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
BST 5713.0EPI 5703.0HMP 5053.0VACATION
HMP 5003.0HMP 5013.0HMP 7513.0 
HMP 5503.0HMP 5113.0PBHL 5000.0 
PBHL 5104.0HMP 7503.0PH Electives 6.0 
Management Selective3.0PBHL 5114.0Social Justice/Equity Selective3.0 
 16 16 15 0
Third Year
FallCredits SpringCreditsSummerCredits
LAW 560S4.0 LAW 781S3.0LAW 654S2.0
LAW 780S3.0 LAW 830S2.0-3.0LAW 931S7.0
Law Electives / Menu Requirements7.0 Law Electives/Menu Requirements10.0-9.0 
 14  15 9
Fourth Year
FallCredits   
Law Electives12.0   
 12   
Total Credits 126
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