Academic Programs : Dual Degree Programs

Juris Doctorate Joint Degree (JD/MPH)

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 JD/MPH 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.

For more information, please visit the University of Miami’s official JD site

Average Program Duration: 3.5 years (seven semesters plus 2 summer sessions).  Law students begin MPH classes after completing the first year of law school.

Number of Required Credits: 115 total (82 JD credits and 33 MPH credits). This joint program saves students 18 credits over wholly separate degrees.

MPH Curriculum (33 credits)

Required MPH Courses (18 credits)
EPH 600 Introduction to Public Health
EPH 601 Medical Biostatistics I
EPH 621 Fundamentals of Epidemiology
EPH 620 Health Education and Behavior (or EPH 614)
EPH 641 Environmental Health
EPH 631 Public Health Administration (or EPH 632)

Suggested MPH elective courses (9 credits)
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 Culminating/ Capstone Experience (6 credits)
EPH 680 Capstone Public Health Field Experience
EPH 681 Capstone Project

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.

JD Curriculum (82 credits)

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:

Health law courses (9 credits)
Administrative Law
Environmental Law
Law and Medicine

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 of 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

Sample JD/MPH Program Plan

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