We anticipate that in the fall of 2014 the Maurice A. Deane School of Law will offer a J.D./M.P.H. joint degree program with the Hofstra University School of Health Sciences & Human Services. The program will typically be completed in four years.
As legal and policy changes increasingly become important tools to improve the health of the public, students in the J.D./M.P.H. program will become familiar with the links between law and the delivery of health care, and will focus on issues related to population health.
Lawyers trained in public health
can succeed in public policy positions, working with government agencies or various advocacy organizations,
may work in law firms (within health law practices) or as counsel for organizations involved in health care delivery, or
may serve as experts within think tanks, devising appropriate legal responses to public health challenges.
For Hofstra Law students interested in such career choices, the M.P.H. will give them the training they need to understand why — as well as how — to use the law to improve the health status of populations:
expertise in biostatistics, environmental health, health policy and epidemiology (and other areas of public health knowledge),
skills in administration, research methods and analysis related to public health, in addition to the training that they receive in the Law School, and
knowledge about the spread of disease, the social determinants of health and the changing structure of health care delivery in general and in emergency settings.
Students in the J.D./M.P.H. program will be able to integrate both fields in their coursework while participating in internships that link legal training and scholarship to public health skills.