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Dual-Degree: Juris Doctor/Master of Public Health

An understanding of the legal system is increasingly important to health care administrators and policy planners. Policy planners trained initially in law find a sound professional grasp of health care systems and their administration is vital to their own work. The J.D./M.P.H. program is designed for students who wish to integrate the study of the legal and health care systems.

Admission Requirements and Course of Study

All students who wish to pursue a dual degree program must be granted separate admission to both programs. Applicants may apply simultaneously to the two schools or, alternatively, students enrolled in the School of Law or Graduate Program in Public Health may apply during their first year of study to the other program. Application to the dual degree program must be made no later than the end of the first year at the School of Law or the Graduate Program in Public Health.

Students in the dual degree program may obtain both degrees in four years, compared with the five years that pursuit of separate degrees would require. Candidates admitted to both schools in the same year will ordinarily take their first year at the School of Law, although students in their first year of the M.P.H. program may reverse this procedure if they are admitted to the School of Law for the following year. After the first year of law school, students ordinarily spend one year full time in the graduate public health program. During the third and fourth years, students will divide their time between the School of Law and the Health Center depending on the students' choices and the availability of desired courses. Additionally, all students must comply with the rules regarding credit load limitations. When credits from both programs are combined, without prior approval from the associate dean, full-time students may not exceed (16) credits and part-time students may not exceed (12) credits per semester. Students seeking to exceed these limits must obtain permission from the associate dean for academic affairs at the Law School. In no case will permission to exceed these limits be granted if course work at the law school would account for more than (17) of the total combined credits in one semester, due to ABA Standards.

Completion Requirements

In addition to satisfaction of the requirements of both programs of study, dual degree candidates are required to complete these programs concurrently. The final award of transfer credit is contingent upon completion of both programs.

Transfer Agreement

The J.D. degree program requires completion of (86) credits (including all required first-year courses, a course in Legal Ethics and Responsibility, and an intensive, analytical paper which satisfies a writing requirement). The M.P.H. degree program requires completion of (48) credits. Each school will accept (12) credits from the other as applicable for transfer.

Law Courses Acceptable for Transfer to the M.P.H. Program (12 Credits)
  • Administrative Law
  • Clinic: Administrative Clerkship (Health Law focus)
  • Clinic: Health Law
  • Environmental Law
  • Family Law
  • Health and Human Rights
  • Health Care Finance
  • Health Law
  • Law and Public Health
  • Legal Rights of Persons with Disabilities
  • Mental Health Law
  • Principles of Insurance
  • Special Research Project (Health Law focus)
  • Taxation of Non Profit Organizations
MPH Courses Acceptable for Transfer to the J.D. Program (12 Credits)
  • Bioethics
  • Health Care Regulation
  • Health and Human Rights 
  • Independent Study
  • Law and Health Care Policy
  • Law and Public Health
  • Practicum in an Area of Health Law
  • Public Health Law Seminar
Faculty Advisor

UConn School of Law
Professor Susan Schmeiser
860-570-5103