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.

PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

It is anticipated that students admitted to the concurrent degree program will be able to complete the requirements for both degrees in four academic years. This includes the 135 quarter credit hours required for law school graduation and the 63 quarter credit hours required for the MPH in Public Health Genetics. The concurrent degree time frame is compressed, allowing the student to realize efficiencies through cross-listed courses and careful prescribed scheduling of required and elective courses. The student may have to commit one summer to either the MPH practicum, Law public interest externship, or the writing requirements.

J.D. (135 credits required)
Required Courses (50 credits):

85 Credits additional Law Electives, including:

  • Non-Law Electives (up to 15 credits) and Externship Credits
  • Public Service Legal Work requirement – 60 hours for at least 2 credits
  • Advanced writing requirement – 3 credits

M.P.H. in Public Health Genetics (minimum 63 credits required):
Core Courses
(17 credits):

  • EPI 511 Introduction to Epidemiology (4)
    or EPI 512 & 513 Epidemiologic Methods
  • BIOST 511 Medical Biometry I (4)
    or BIOST 517 Applied Biostats I
  • HSERV 511 Intro. To Health Services & Public Health (3) 
  • ENVH 511 Environmental Occupational Health (3) 
  • HSERV 510 Society and Health (3)

PHG Core Courses (17-18 credits)

  • PHG 511 Genetic Epidemiology (3)
  • PHG 512 Legal, Ethical & Social Issues in PHG (3)
  • PHG 513 Pharmacogenetics & Toxicogenomics (3); AND students must select one of the following 3-course combinations from the table below:

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2

3

4

5

6

7

PHG 521

PHG 521

PHG 521

PHG 521

PHG 521

PHG 522

PHG 525

PHG 522

PHG 525

PHG 522

PHG 525

PHG 523

PHG 523

PHG 523

PHG 523

PHG 523

PHG 542

PHG 542

PHG 542

PHG 542

PHG 542

  • PHG 521 Socio-Cultural Perspectives of PHG (3) 
  • PHG 522 Ethical Frameworks of PHG (2) 
  • PHG 523 Genetics & the Law (3)
  • PHG 542 Genetic Discovery in Medicine and Public Health (3)

Electives (10 credits minimum)
See approved list of electives at http://depts.washington.edu/phgen/degreeprograms/MPH_electives.shtml.

Seminars, Practicum, Thesis Credits (minimum of 18 credits):

  • PHG 580 PHG Seminar (6 )
  • PHG 595 Master’s Practicum (3 credits minimum; 6 maximum)
  • PHG 700 Master’s Thesis (9 credits minimum)

For more detailed information about the J.D./M.P.H. course requirements, see the J.D./M.P.H. Public Health Genetics Student Progress Form

Contact

Center for Law in Science and Global Health
University of Washington School of Law
William H. Gates Hall
Box 353020
Seattle, WA 98195-3020

Jennifer Snider
Program Manager
Phone: 206.616.3809

Last updated 6/13/2013