MHA/JD Dual Degree

This degree prepares you for a career as legal adviser or general counsel in a health care organization. This program is designed and administered with the cooperation of the Law School and the School of Public Health. The program can be completed in four years.


To pursue the JD/MHA joint degree, you must be admitted separately to the Law School and to the full-time MHA program within the School of Public Health. You may apply to both units simultaneously or in staggered fashion.

You are strongly encouraged to begin with enrollment in the Law School, completing the Law School’s required first-year curriculum so that they may then concentrate on their MHA studies while taking upper-level law courses as they fit into the student’s program.

The Law School and SPH will defer the deadlines for registration for JD/MHA joint degree students for one year and any guarantee of financial aid for the same period. Deferral at either the Law School or SPH is conditional on the student enrolling in the other unit without deferral.

Students accepted into the JD/MHA degree combination will be considered for no more than a one year deferral of matriculation and registration. A student may decide while in the first year in either SPH or the Law School or their second year of Law School to apply to the other degree program with the assurance that the cross-crediting/double-counting of courses described further below will be available.

Law School Curriculum

Law School JD degree requirements include satisfactory completion of 88 semester credits, and six semesters of full-time enrollment (defined as 12 semester credits or more). First-year students are required to take a core curriculum totaling 30 credits and comprised of the following courses:

  • Civil Procedure
  • Constitutional Law
  • Contracts
  • Criminal Law
  • Legal Research and Writing
  • Property
  • Torts

Beyond that, all courses are elective, except that you must take a course in Professional Responsibility for 3 credits before graduating. In addition, you must satisfy a second-year writing requirement (typically by participating in a moot court or serving as a staff member on one of the Law School’s law reviews), as well as a third-year writing requirement (typically satisfied by taking a course meeting this requirement, completing an independent research paper meeting this requirement, which may be an MS thesis, Plan B paper, PhD dissertation, or capstone project, or serving as an editor on one of the Law School’s law reviews).

In addition, all students in the Joint Degree program in Law, Health & the Life Sciences take a professional seminar. This 1-credit pro-seminar is taught cooperatively by faculty involved in the Joint Degree Program, offered on a pass-fail basis, and required each Fall semester that a student is enrolled in the Joint Degree Program.

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