FAQ

Why choose a JD/MPH dual degree?

JD/MPH dual degree students will be prepared to address public health policy problems and influence policymakers, to navigate the complex relationship between the legal and health care delivery systems from the local, regional, state, national levels and at the intersection of government, nonprofit, and private sectors.

What makes it a dual degree?

With approval, you may apply up to 14 credits of Law courses toward the MPH and with approval from your Law program; you may able to transfer public health credits toward the JD. This allows you to reduce the length of the programs – saving you time and money.

Who is eligible for the program?

Applicants must have a baccalaureate degree, be accepted or enrolled a Law school and complete a SOPHAS application.

How long does the program take?

The JD/MPH can be completed within one to five years depending upon your preference. The SPH gives you up to five years to complete the MPH.

Does the program require the GRE?

No, The JD/MPH dual degree program does not require the LSAT or the GRE scores. All applicants must be applying to or currently admitted to a Law program.

Can I complete the JD degree at any school?

Yes, you may attend any accredited JD program anywhere and complete the MPH at the UMN School of Public Health. The SPH allows up to 14 credits from the Law school to transfer to the MPH with approval, which will save you time and tuition dollars.

What is unique about the dual degree MPH curriculum?

You may elect to focus the MPH public health elective credits on one topic or several topics. The goal is to explore your interest in public health and design the dual degree to complement your law practice.

The majority of JD/MPH students complete elective courses at the Public Health Institute (PHI), which is a 3 week session offered in the last week in May and first weeks in June.

PHI offers on-campus courses on a variety of current topics in a concentrated format. Students may complete 1 – 2.5 cr/week. PHI provides course content that emphasizes research to practice with opportunity for field trips, case studies and simulations. It provides a perfect setting to network with other professionals (MD, DNP, DVM, PharmD, PhD,  MS, etc) and explore new areas of interest in public health.

Sample of course titles: Pub Health Law; Applied Critical Thinking in the Workforce; Motivational Interviewing: Strategies to Effect Behavioral Change.

Over thirty courses are offered over the 3 weeks. You may attend one to three weeks dependent upon your time and you can complete up to 1 – 7 credits at the PHI.

Other elective courses are offered online and oncampus during the fall and spring terms.

Do you charge non-resident tuition for out-of-state students?

All students in the Public Health Law program are charged resident tuition since it is an online program.

Can a JD scholarly paper count for the MPH Integrated Learning Experience?

Yes, if you decide on a law topic that is public health related, the paper may also meet the curriculum and competencies requirements of the MPH integrated learning experience. To do this, you will need to complete the integrated learning proposal form and receive approval from your SPH adviser and in the paper address 3 MPH competencies.

 Can my JD experience hours count for the MPH Applied Practice Experience?

Yes, when the law experience pertains to both law and public health, it may also meet the curriculum and competencies of the MPH program. The School of Public Health requires up to 160 hours of applied practice experience and has an electronic applied practice experience agreement that must be completed by you and approved by your SPH adviser.  At the experience, you are required to complete 2 products that address 5 MPH competencies.

When should I apply to the JD/MPH dual degree program?

Applicants will often apply first to a JD program and then apply to the School of Public Health.

If the SPH receives your application before the JD program does, the Admission Committee will review your application and may admit you PENDING your acceptance to a JD program.

Once you have received your letter of acceptance from the JD program, send the SPH a copy and then your status will change from pending to admitted to the JD/MPH dual degree program.

This gives you the option to register for public health courses the summer before starting the JD program in the Fall – providing you a head start on the MPH.

How many credits is the MPH?

The MPH is 42 credits.  If you transfer up to 14 cr from your JD, then you will complete 28 cr as a public health student for 42 credits.  You will want to see if your JD program will accept public health credits to the JD program.

Are the MPH classes offered online or in-person?

You may take the majority of public health courses online, giving you the flexibility you prefer.

How quickly can I complete the MPH?

You may attend the School of Public Health part or full time and complete the 28 cr in two terms or extend the time to 5 years to fit your life commitments.

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