M.P.H./J.D. Master of Public Health/Juris Doctorate Dual Degree

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The University of Miami School of Law and the Miller School of Medicine’s Department of Public Health Sciences offer a joint degree program in law and public health. Upon completion of the programs, a student earns the Juris Doctor degree from the School of Law and a Master of Public Health degree from the School of Medicine.

Students who apply for the joint JD/MPH program must apply both to the School of Law and to the Graduate Programs in Public Health Sciences. For admission consideration in the UM School of Law, one must achieve a qualifying score on the Law School Admission Test (LSAT). LSAT scores sufficient for admission at the UM School of Law may serve as an acceptable substitute for the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) required for the MPH program. The applicant must notify both schools that he/ she is applying for the joint M.P.H./J.D. program. In order to remain in the joint JD/MPH program, students must meet minimum standards of both the School of Law and the Graduate Program in Public Health Sciences.

  • Average program duration:  3.5 years (seven semesters plus two summer sessions). Law students begin MPH classes after completing the first year of law school.
  • Total required credits:  115 credits

MPH Curriculum

The total requirements for the MPH portion of the MPH/JD joint degree are 33 credits. The credits must be completed to complete the core, electives, and capstone requirements.

The curriculum requirements for the MPH degree will change, effective Spring 2019, to include additional required courses. Students entering the MPH program January 2019 and beyond will complete the revised curriculum requirements.

  • Core Courses (19 credits)
    EPH 600 Introduction to Public Health (3 credits)
    EPH 601 Medical Biostatistics 1 (4 credits)
    EPH 617 Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (3 credits) or EPH 620 Health Education and Behavior (3 credits)
    EPH 621 Fundamentals of Epidemiology (3 credits)
    EPH 631 Public Health Administration (3 credits) or EPH 632 U.S. Health Systems (3 credits)
    EPH 641 Aspects of Environmental Health (3 credits)
  • MPH Electives (9 credits)
    Choose three courses from the following:
    EPH 612 Global Health
    EPH 625 Ethical Issues in Public Health
    EPH 662 Child Policy
    EPH 684 Special Topics: Idea of the Hospital
    EPH 728 Social Epidemiology
    EPH 644 Evaluation of Health Programs and Public Health Interventions
    EPH 647 Community Based Participatory Research
    EPH 652 Health Policy
    EPH 654 Public Health, Ethics, and Law
  • Required Capstone Experience Courses (6 credits)
    A public health supervised field placement is required for the MPH degree. A contract of the proposed placement must be submitted to the Graduate Programs office and approved by the Capstone Faculty Advisor prior to initiation of the work. A total of 150 contact hours are required for completion of the capstone field experience. The contact hours may be registered for during several semesters.
    EPH 680 Practical Field Experience (3 credits)
    EPH 681 Capstone Experience Project (3 credits)

JD Curriculum

In addition to the general law required courses (61 credits) for the JD program, students in the joint JD/MPH program must also complete the following courses:

  • Law subject area courses (12 credits)
    Animal Law Workshop
    Children and Youth Law Clinic
    Health Rights and Education/Elder Law Clinic
    Elder Law
    Finance and Regulation Health Care
    Health Care Practicum
    Insurance Law
    International Environmental Law
    New Directions in Lawyering
    Sexuality and the Law Seminar/Workshop
    State and Local Government Law
    Therapeutic Jurisprudence Seminar

For curriculum information and course descriptions, please click on the right.

Reminder: Prospective students must apply to both schools to be accepted to the joint degree program.