The School of Public Health is accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH). The Law School is accredited by the American Bar Association.
The MPH degree requires 42 credits, while the JD program requires 88 credits. Students may use up to 14 credits of law courses toward the MPH and 12 credits, with up to 6 credits considered “substantially law-related” of public health courses, toward the JD. Each school will determine which courses from the other program will count toward that school’s degree requirements.
Sample (PDF) Program Curriculum
The cross-counted (double-counted) credits may fulfill requirements in each degree program, reducing the overall length of the JD/MPH program by two semesters. Due to the university’s registration system, students may be registered in only one school each term. You must register for at least 28 public health credits as a School of Public Health student and at least five semesters of 12 credits per semester as a Law School student.
In addition, each program enables students to focus on an interdisciplinary concentration. The SPH offers 12-credit concentrations in health disparities and public health policy. The University of Minnesota Law School offers concentrations in health law and bioethics; environmental and energy law; human rights, international law; labor and employment law; business law; and criminal justice.
The interdisciplinary concentrations are officially approved by the Regents of the University of Minnesota, appearing on students’ MPH and law transcript when they graduate.
Students in the JD/MPH program will have a faculty adviser/team in both schools. Advisers will be included in the students’ final project examining committee and final MPH culminating experience committee. Advisers in each degree program will also assist students in selecting courses that are appropriate for their career goals.
For law students participating in the JD/MPH program, a sample academic plan may include:
Year One – Register for law coursework and JDP Proseminar
- Fall semester – 17 law credits, enroll in law career
- Spring semester – 16 law credits, enroll in law career
Year Two – Register for MPH coursework, JDP Proseminar and Law 2L Legal Writing requirement through a journal or moot court
- Fall semester – 15 SPH credits, up to 3 law credits, enroll in SPH career
- Spring semester – 15 SPH credits, up to 3 law credits, enroll in SPH career
Year Three – Register for law coursework and requirements, including 3L Legal Writing, Constitutional Law II, and Professional Responsibility, as well as JDP Proseminar in Fall
- Fall semester – 14 to 16 law credits, enroll in law career
- Spring semester – 14 to 16 law credits, enroll in law career
Year Four (complete remaining required and elective coursework in both programs over remaining semester(s)
Master’s Culminating Experience
This experience gives students an opportunity to demonstrate the use of public health principles and competencies. You’ll learn firsthand about the organization, operations and special activities of selected agencies, institutions and industries concerned with public health practice.
Students are expected to demonstrate familiarity with the tools of applied research or scholarship in public health practice, the ability to work independently, and the ability to apply skills learned in coursework by completing a Research Paper, or Systematic Literature Review, or Consultative Report, or Grant Proposal or complete the Certification in Public Health exam.
JD/MPH students may customize a significant law writing project to also meet the requirements of the MPH Master Culminating Experience. Examples include: journal note, capstone paper, or independent research paper that addresses a public health topic or issue.
Once a public health/law topic has have identified, JD/MPH students are required to complete a MPH proposal form and receive approval from their SPH and law advisers.
The public health practice field experience provides students with a means of gaining additional insight into public programs, personnel management, governmental relations, public relations, legislative support, and knowledge of special investigations. Participation in the activities of public health practice programs external to the university enriches the student’s training and may be beneficial in seeking employment.
Once you have identified a field experience, you are required to complete a field experience agreement.
JD/MPH students may customize their law school experiences to also meet the requirements of the SPH field experience and transfer those credits, if the experience is approved by both adviser. A completed SPH field experience agreement is required prior to starting the internship experience.