JD/MPH (Juris Doctor/Master Of Public Health)
The JD/MPH program is designed for students who desire specialized expertise and training in public health law. Public health, public policy, and biomedical ethics issues are at the forefront of American’s unresolved social problems. Ongoing efforts at health care reform by policymakers are expected to increase demand for lawyers with health care expertise to generate legal solutions to issues of health care access, quality, patient protection, and privacy. The built environment is also emerging as a significant factor in health prompting fresh attention to city planning and land use regulation. Occupational injuries continue to plague American’s workforce. Environmental degradation threatens the health of future generations. Lawyers play a central role in society’s approach to these issues. However, their effectiveness may be limited by inadequate knowledge of public health and health care systems. Similarly, public health professionals often have a rudimentary understanding of the legal systems.
A dual JD/MPH degree program can prepare graduates for leadership in the myriad of public health issues confronted by society. Graduates of this dual degree program will be equipped to work in a variety of public interest arenas such as governmental agencies, legislative bodies and advocacy groups. They may also seek commercial or industrial employment, in hospitals or manufacturing settings, or in universities.