J.D./M.P.H. Program Requirements

Students must complete all of the requirements of the J.D./M.P.H. program within five academic years, although most are able to complete the requirements within four years.

Students must maintain at least 12 credits (in one or both schools) in any semester after the first year to remain enrolled as full-time J.D. students. In addition, students will be permitted to enroll in summer session courses in both schools.

A minimum GPA of 3.0 is required to remain in the joint degree program.

Students must meet all academic requirements of each program in order to earn the two degrees, and will not be bar-certified until both degrees have been conferred.

Maurice A. Deane School of Law Requirements

The program requirements for fulfillment of the law section of the curriculum are:

  • Completion of required first-year law courses, 30 credits
  • Completion of required upper-level courses (Constitutional Law I & II, Health Law, Professional Responsibility requirement), 11 or 12 credits
  • Completion of required and approved elective M.P.H. program courses, 12 credits
  • Completion of additional law credits to total a minimum of 87 credits (including the 12 School of Health Sciences and Human Services credits)
  • Completion of Writing Requirements I and II
  • Completion of the Skills requirement

The Law School will grant a total of 12 Law School credits for courses required for all J.D./M.P.H. students: Introduction to Public Health (3 credits) and U.S. Health System (3 credits) plus two additional 3-credit elective M.P.H. program courses.

Students may receive academic credit toward the J.D. degree only for M.P.H. program courses approved by the faculty of the Law School. The Law School registrar maintains a list of such approved courses.

Further, for the School of Health Sciences and Human Services credits to be accepted by the Law School toward the 87 required credit hours,

  • the student must receive at least a B- in the course, and
  • the student must complete the J.D./M.P.H. curriculum and receive the M.P.H. degree.

No grades received in School of Health Sciences and Human Services courses will be counted in the student’s Law School GPA.

Master of Public Health Program Requirements

The program requirements for fulfillment of the public health section of the curriculum are as follows:

  • Completion of 12 required courses, 36 credits
  • Completion of two additional elective courses, 6 credits

The School of Health Sciences and Human Services will grant credit toward the M.P.H. degree for any of the health law courses offered by the Law School.