Center for Law in Science and Global Health

Concurrent Degrees - J.D./M.P.H. in Public Health Genetics

The goal of the J.D./M.P.H. in Public Health Genetics concurrent degree program offers students the opportunity to combine in-depth professional educational training in the two professions so that they will be prepared to work in both venues. Graduates with the joint degree will not be limited to the traditional career opportunities of legal work in a law firm, but will also have the ability to move more directly into government, national and international public agency and public interest organizations focusing on public health and health care issues, services and resources. Similarly, graduates will possess legal skills that they can bring to public health departments and other public health professional positions.


Admission to this concurrent degree program will be competitive. Acceptance will require a clearly enunciated, well-reasoned application detailing the applicant's purpose and goals for pursuing both degrees. We anticipate that many applicants will have worked in the health care industry or legal system and will have developed an interest in public health issues through that experience. Some may be seeking to broaden their previous careers and the potential impact of their work. For entry into the concurrent J.D./MHA, a student must apply for admission separately to both the Public Health Genetics MPH Program in the SPH and to the School of Law, consistent with the requirements of Graduate School Memorandum No. 35. The applications to both schools should state that the student is seeking concurrent degrees. The applicant must satisfy admission requirements for both the Law School and the MPH in Public Health Genetics.

In addition, some students already enrolled in either school may seek to apply to the concurrent degree program. This will involve a second application for admission to the other school and meeting of application requirements. The applications will be considered on an individualized basis.

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