Center for Law in Science and Global Health

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

The goal of the J.D./M.P.H. in Health Services concurrent degree program is to offer students the opportunity to combine in-depth professional educational training in the two professions so that the students will be equipped and prepared to work in both venues, or in positions requiring understanding of both. 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 agencies 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 just over four academic years. This includes the 135 quarter credit hours required for law school graduation and the 63 quarter credit hours required for the Masters of Public Health. 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.

For information about the J.D./M.P.H. course requirements, see the following concentrations:


Genralist Focus

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 Health Services (minimum 63 credits required):
Required Courses (24 credits):

  • HSERV 511 Intro. to Health Services & Public Health (4)
  • EPI 511—Intro. To Epidemiology (4)
    or EPI 512 & 513 – Epidemiologic Methods I & II
  • BIOST 511 – Medical Biometry I (4)
    or BIOST 517 – Applied Biostatistics
  • HSERV 510 – Society and Health (3)
  • ENVH 511 – Environmental and Occupational Health (3)
  • Two out of the following three courses:
    • HSMGMT 514 – Health Economics (3) OR
    • HSMGMT 560 Management Practice in Health Care & Public Health Orgs (4) OR
    •  HSERV 552 – Health Policy Development (3)

Electives (21 credits minimum)
Seminars, Practicum, Thesis Credits (minimum of 18 credits):

  • HSERV 592 HPR Seminar (6 )
  • HSERV 595 Master’s Practicum (3 credits minimum; 6 maximum)
  • HSERV 700 Master’s Thesis (9 credits minimum)

For more detailed information, download the Generalist Focus Student Progress Form Student Progress Form


Maternal and Child Health Track

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 Health Services (minimum 63 credits required):
Required Courses (24 credits):

  • HSERV 511 Intro. to Health Services & Public Health (4)
  • EPI 511—Intro. To Epidemiology (4)
    or EPI 512 & 513 – Epidemiologic Methods I & II
  • BIOST 511 – Medical Biometry I (4)
    or BIOST 517 – Applied Biostatistics (4)
  • HSERV 510 – Society and Health (3)
  • ENVH 511 – Environmental and Occupational Health (3)
  • Two out of the following three courses:
    • HSMGMT 514 – Health Economics (3) OR
    • HSMGMT 560 Management Practice in Health Care & Public Health Orgs (4) OR
    •  HSERV 552 – Health Policy Development (3)

Maternal and Child Health Requirements (minimum 14 credits):

  • HSERV 541 Topics in Maternal and Child Health I (3)
  • HSERV 542 Epidemiology of Maternal and Child Health Problems (4)
  • One Additional Biostatistic Course From:
    • BIOST 512 - Medical Biometry II (4)
    • BIOST 518 - Applied Biostatistics II (4)
  • One Methods Course From:
    • HSERV 521 - Qualitative Methods (3)
    • HSERV 522 - Health Program Evaluation (5)
    • HSERV 526 - Qualitative Research Methods for Public Health (4)
    • HSERV 527 - Survey Research Methods (4)
    • HSERV 530 - Health Needs Assessment (3)
    • HSERV 548 - Social Determinants of Health Research Methods (3)
    • HSERV 561- Introduction to Health Promotion Planning (3)
    • HSERV 581 - Strategies of Health Promotion (4)
    • HSERV 590G - Preparing and Writing Research Proposals
    • BIOST 513 - Medical Biometry III (4)

Electives (7 credits minimum)
Seminars, Practicum, Thesis Credits (minimum of 18 credits):

  • HSERV 592 MCH Seminar (6 )
  • HSERV 595 Master’s Practicum (3 credits minimum; 6 maximum)
  • HSERV 700 Master’s Thesis (9 credits minimum)

For more detailed information, download the Maternal and Child Health Track Student Progress Form


Social and Behavioral Sciences Track

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 Health Services (minimum 63 credits required):
Required Courses (22 credits):

  • HSERV 511 Intro. to Health Services & Public Health (4)
  • EPI 511—Intro. To Epidemiology (4)
    or EPI 512 & 513 – Epidemiologic Methods I & II (both courses are required if you choose this option)
  • BIOST 511 – Medical Biometry I (4)
    or BIOST 517 – Applied Biostatistics (4)
  • HSERV 552 – Health Policy Development (3)
  • HSMGMT 560 – Management Practice in Health Care & Public Health Organizations (4)
  • ENVH 511 – Environmental and Occupational Health (3)

Social and Behavioral Sciences Requirements (minimum 20 credits):

  • One Additional Biostatistics Course From:
    • BIOST 512 - Medical Biometry II (4)
    • BIOST 518 - Applied Biostatistics II (4)
  • One Methods Course From:
    • HSERV 521 - Qualitative Methods (3)
    • SERV 522 - Health Program Evaluation (5)
    •  HSERV 526 - Qualitative Research Methods for Public Health (4)
    • HSERV 527 - Survey Research Methods (4)
    • HSERV 530 - Health Needs Assessment (3)
    • HSERV 548 - Social Determinants of Health Research Methods (3)
    • HSERV 584– Assessing Outcomes in Health and Medicine (W)
    • BIOST 513 - Medical Biometry III (4)
    • PHG 543– Social and Behavioral Research Methods in Public Health Research
  • HSERV 514 – Social Determinants of Population Health & Health Disparities (3)
  • HSERV 581 – Strategies of Health Promotion (4)

  • HSERV 588 – Community Approaches to Health Promotion (3)
  • HSMGMT 514 – Health Economics (3)

Electives (3 credits minimum)
Seminars, Practicum, Thesis Credits (minimum of 18 credits):

  • HSERV 592 SBS Seminar (6 )
  • HSERV 595 Master’s Practicum (3 credits minimum; 6 maximum)
  • HSERV 700 Master’s Thesis (9 credits minimum)

For more detailed information, download the Social and Behavioral Sciences Track Student Progress Form


Health Policy and Analysis Process Track

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 Health Services (minimum 63 credits required):
Required Courses (18 credits):

  • HSERV 511 Intro. to Health Services & Public Health (4)
  • EPI 511—Intro. To Epidemiology (4)
    or EPI 512 & 513 – Epidemiologic Methods I & II (both courses are required if you choose this option)
  • BIOST 511 – Medical Biometry I
    or BIOST 517 – Applied Biostatistics (4)
  • HSERV 510 – Society and Health (3)
  • ENVH 511 – Environmental and Occupational Health (3)

Health Policy and Analysis Process Requirements (minimum 20 credits):

  • HSERV 552 Health Policy Development (3)
  • HSERV 513 Health Policy Research (3)
  • HSMGMT 514  Health Economics (3)
  • One Health Law Course
    • LAW H501 Fundamentals of Health Law (4)
    • LAW H510 Topics in Law & Medicine (4)
    • LAW H512/HSERV 551 – Health Law (2)
    • LAW H520/PHG 523 – Genetics and the Law (3)
    • LAW H530 – Disability Law (3)
    • LAW H570 – Bio-entrepreneurship and the Law (3)
    • LAW H580 – Competition in Health Care (3)
  • Methods (3) Any of the following courses:
    HSERV 521 – Qualitative Methods in Health Services Research
    HSERV 522 Health Program Evaluation (3-5)
    HSERV 523 Advanced Health Services Research Methods (4)
    HSERV 526 Qualitative Research Methods (4)
    HSERV 527 Survey Research Methods (4)
    HSERV 548 Social Determinants of Health Research Methods (3)
    HSERV 584 Assessing Outcomes in health and Medicine (3)
    HSERV 590 Advanced Qualitative Methods
    PB AF 513 Public Policy Analysis (4)
    PB AF 518 Applied Cost Benefit Analysis (3)
    PB AF 522 Public Management Budgeting (4)
    PB AF 526 Program Evaluation (3)
    PB AF 529 Advanced Multivariate Analysis (3)
    PHG 543 Social and Behavioral Research Methods in Public Health Genetics (3)
  • One Ethics Course
    • o BH 523 – Biomedical Ethics (3)
    • PB AF 506 – Ethics and Public Policy (3)
    • LAW H504/PHG 512 – Legal, Ethical, & Social Issues in Public Health Genetics (3)
    • PHG 522 – Ethical Frameworks for Public Health Genetics
    • PHG 525 – Public Commentary on Ethical Issues in Public Health Genetics
    • PHG 551 – Human Genomics: Science, Ethics & Society
  • Highly Recommended but not required: HSERV 51 – Health Systems and Policy

Electives (7 credits minimum)
Seminars, Practicum, Thesis Credits (minimum of 18 credits):

  • HSERV 592 HPAP Seminar (6 )
  • HSERV 595 Master’s Practicum (3 credits minimum; 6 maximum)
  • HSERV 700 Master’s Thesis (9 credits minimum)
    or HSERV 599 Capstone Project

For more detailed information, download the Health Policy and Analysis Process Track Student Progress Form


Contact Us

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