College of Law

J.D./M.P.H Program

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The combination of a Juris Doctor and Master in Public Health gives graduates a unique, interdisciplinary perspective on both law and public health.  In addition to preparing for careers in either of the two disciplines, the joint degree program aims to prepare graduates to be leaders in those fields.  JD/MPH graduates may, for example, enter careers practicing law and specializing in health law, practicing public health and specializing in policy and legislation, or charting new courses.  Careers particularly suited to the joint degree training include health care lawyers, in-house counsel for health care or medical entities, positions in government health and environmental agencies, health policy consulting and advocacy, and compliance. 


Students can earn the joint JD/MPH degree on completion of 122 credits, satisfying the requirements of each program.  

While both degree programs are structured around core required courses and electives, the MPH program tracks students into one of five majors.  The available majors in the MPH program are:

  • Public Health Administration (PHAD)
  • Public Health Epidemiology (PHEP)
  • Environmental and Occupational Health and Science (ENVH)
  • Health Promotion and Education (HPRO)
  • Public Health Nutrition (PHNU)

The law curriculum starts with a pre-set schedule of required courses for the first year, then allows students to mix additional required courses with electives during the second and subsequent years.  The College of Law also offers optional Certificates of Concentration in several specialty areas.  Certificates of particular relevance to public health include Health Law and Environmental Law. 

Motivated students may be able to complete the MPH in 1.5 years by taking summer courses.  The joint-degree program saves students at least one semester in each program through cross-counting courses.  Students should be able to earn both degrees simultaneously in 4 years, or even 3.5 years for highly-motivated students.


The College of Law requires the successful completion of 89 credit hours for the JD degree. Students in the JD/MPH may count up to 12 credit hours of courses completed in the Master in Public Health curriculum toward satisfaction of the 89 hour requirement.

The following JD courses may be appropriate for cross-counting toward the MPH degree:

Courses & Seminars
LAWG 9030 Administrative Law (3 credit hours)
LAWI  9050  Bioethics and the Law (2-3 credit hours)
LAWI  9090  Disability Law (2-3 credit hours)
LAWI  9300  Environmental Law (2-4 credit hours)
LAWI  9520  Health Care Finance (1-3 credit hours)
LAWI  9570  Health Care Provider Liability (2-3 credit hours)
LAWI  9610  Health Care Regulation (2 credit hours)
LAWI  9630  Health Law (3 credit hours)
LAWI  9670  Mental Health Law (2-3 credit hours)
LAWI  9890  Toxic Substances (2-3 credit hours)
LAWI  9610  Health Care Regulation (2-3 credit hours)
LAWI  9650  International Environmental Law (2-3 credit hours)
LAWI  9750  Products Liability (2-3 credit hours)
LAWN 9410  Children’s Rights Clinic (3-7 credit hours)
LAWP 9000  Human Reproduction and the Law Seminar (2-3 credit hours)
LAWP 9000  Food & Drug Law (2-3 credit hours)
LAWP 9000  Human Rights / International Development Seminar (2-3 credit hours)
LAWT 9360  Medicine for Lawyers (2 credit hours)
LAWT 9600  Health Care Litigation (2-3 credit hours)

Writing Courses – Subject to Topic Approval
LAWA 9400  Advanced Research and Writing (1 credit hour)
LAWP 9000  Advanced Seminar (3 credit hours)
LAWP 9010  Honors Research Program I (2 credit hours)
LAWP 9020  Honors Research Program II (2 credit hours)
LAWP 9050  Independent Research Program (2 credit hours)
LAWT 9600  Special Topics (1-4 credit hours)

Additional Courses for Consideration
LAWD 9510 Torts (4 credit hours)
LAWI  9310   Employment Law (2-3 credit hours)
LAWI  9370   Family Law (3 credit hours)
LAWN 9190  Interviewing and Counseling (2-3 credit hours)
LAWN 9910  Civil Advocacy Clinic (3-7 credit hours) 


In order to be eligible for the MPH degree, a student must complete at least 45 credit hours, including 18 hours of core courses.   Students may count up to 12 credits of other graduate work toward the MPH.  Students also must complete a Capstone Seminar and Scholarly Project. 

The following MPH courses may be appropriate for cross-counting toward the JD degree (all are 3-credit courses):

Required Core Courses
PUBH 6010 Public Health Epidemiology
PUBH 6040 Public Health Administration
PUBH 6050 Introduction to Environmental Health
PUBH 6640 Issues in Public Health

Major Electives
PUBH 5020 Occupational Health - Science, Regulations, and Management
PUBH 5060 Occupational Safety - Science, Regulations, and Management
PUBH 5160 Environmental Health Science, Regulations, and Management
PUBH 6200 Methods and Materials in Public Health
PUBH 6210 Management of Public Health Agencies
PUBH 6220 Budget and Finance in Public Health
PUBH 6280 Economics, Marketing, and Human Resources
PUBH 6300 Community Health Organizations
PUBH 6350 Public Health Law

Other Courses – Subject to Approval by Law Academic Dean
PUBH 6960 or PUBH 6970 Internship or Scholarly Project

  • PUBH 6960 Internship may satisfy up to 3 credits of Skills Requirement.
  • PUBH 6970 Scholarly Project may satisfy Upper Level Writing Requirement.

PUBH 6850 Capstone Seminar

  • May satisfy Upper Level Writing Requirement.


As with other University joint-degree programs, a student must apply and be admitted to the College of Law and the Master in Public Health program separately.


JD/MPH joint degree students will be assigned an advisor in each program.


A student enrolled in the JD/MPH Program will not receive either the JD or MPH degree until all work required for both degrees has been completed. A student who withdraws from the Program and remains in either the College of Law or the Master in Public Health shall receive only so much credit for work in the other college as the Dean may authorize under the rules of that School.  In addition, degrees must be awarded within time limits established by the College of Law, the Northwest Ohio Consortium for Public Health (NOCPH), and the College of Graduate Studies.


This sample schedule contemplates completion of both degrees in 4 years, with a PHAD major in the MPH program and a Certificate of Concentration in Health Law in the JD program.  To complete the joint degree in 3.5 years, a student would take classes instead of pursuing the independent summer work experience in Year 3 Summer. 

JD (Health Law Concentration) + MPH (PHAD Major)


Law – Basic (Required) Courses: (15 credits)

  • Contracts I (3)
  • Property I (3)
  • Civil Procedure I (3)
  • Torts (4)
  • Legal Research & Writing / Advocacy I (2)

Law – Basic (Required) Courses: (15 credits)

  • Contracts II (3)
  • Property II (3)
  • Constitutional Law I (3)
  • Criminal Law (4)
  • Legal Research & Writing / Advocacy II (2)

PH – CORE (6 credits)

  • Health Behavior
  • Environmental Health

PH – Major Elective (3 credits)

  • Public Health Law

Law – Required Courses:
(6 credits)

  • Civil Procedure II (3)
  • Constitutional Law II (3)

Law – Electives
(6 credits)

  • Health Law (3)
  • Administrative Law (3)

PHCORE (12 credits)

  • Biostatistics
  • Epidemiology
  • Issues in Public Health
  • Public Health Administration

Law – Electives (4 credits)

  • Business Associations (4)

Law – Skills (6 credits)

  • Professional Skills Requirement:  Externship in Law Practice (6)

Law – Required Courses:

  • Evidence (4)

Law – Electives (8 credits)

  • Criminal Procedure I (3)
  • Health Care Litigation (3)
  • Disability Law (2)

PH – CORE/Major Electives
(12 credits)

  • Public Health & Aging
  • Budget and Finance in Public Health
  • Economics, Marketing, and Human Resources
  • Internship or Scholarly Project

Summer Work Experience


Law – Required (3 credits)

  • Ethics (3)

Law – Electives (10 credits)

  • Trusts & Estates (3)
  • Food & Drug Law (3)
  • Environmental Law (3)
  • Advanced Research & Writing (1)

Law – Electives: (6 credits)

  • Commercial Paper (3)
  • Criminal Procedure II (3)
Law – July Bar Examination

PH – Elective (3 credits)

  • Community Health Orgs.

PH – Capstone (3 credits)

  • PUBH 6850 Capstone Seminar

For more information, please contact:

College of Law
Elizabeth Y. McCuskey
Associate Professor of Law and Co-Director of the JD/MPH Program

College of Law
Geoffrey Rapp
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Professor of Law

Dr. Joseph A. Dake
Chair, School of Population Health

The College of Law recommends that joint-degree students remain apprised of the requirements for each degree they are pursuing.  While the College of Law makes every effort to maintain timely information relating to the joint degree programs, because other colleges manage their own curricula and requirements, it is possible that information on this site could be out of date.  Please check the other college’s website relating to the joint degree for additional information.

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Last Updated: 7/3/19