The purpose of the combined JD/MPH degree is to provide an opportunity for students in the UI College of Law to receive formal training in public health in addition to formal training in law. Students completing the combined degree will develop special expertise in public health legal issues. This degree program is designed to train qualified students for leadership roles in both the public and private sectors.
To be a candidate for this combined degree the applicant must be accepted into the JD program as a condition of acceptance into the combined degree. This may occur concurrently but the condition of acceptance into the JD must be made before final acceptance into the MPH program. The admission committees of the two colleges will independently review the candidate for acceptance into the combined degree. For information on admission to the JD program, please see http://law.uiowa.edu/admissions
MPH Core Courses (18 s.h.)
The following courses are required of students in the MPH program. Students are expected to earn ≥ B- (2.67) on each core course and must earn a ≥ B (3.0) cumulative grade point average on all core courses. When necessary, a student may repeat a course to achieve this standard.
|CPH:5100||Intro to Public Health||3 s.h.|
|BIOS:4120||Intro to Biostatistics||3 s.h.|
|CBH:5105||Intro to Health Promotion and Disease Prevention||3 s.h.|
|EPID:4400||Epidemiology I: Principles||3 s.h.|
|HMP:4000||Intro to the US Healthcare System||3 s.h.|
|OEH:4240||Global Environmental Health||3 s.h.|
Practicum Requirement (3 s.h.)
The practicum experience must be related to skill demonstration in a setting that has components of public health and law. It requires 200 hours of experience. The experience from this course, including a final written report and a poster presentation, constitutes the final examination for the MPH.
|CPH:7000||MPH Practicum Experience||3 s.h.|
Pre-Requisite to MPH Practicum:
Students must complete all of their MPH core courses and the majority of other MPH coursework prior to registering for the Practicum.
Elective Law Courses (12 s.h.)
Students enrolled in the JD/MPH combined degree program can count up to 12 semester hours of the following law courses, which have been approved for this purpose:
|LAW:8562||Health Law||3 s.h.|
|LAW:8467||Family Law||3 s.h.|
|LAW:8751/HMP:6360||Nonprofit Organizational Effectiveness I||3 s.h.|
|LAW:8752/HMP:6365||Nonprofit Organizational Effectiveness II||3 s.h.|
Elective Public Health Courses (9 s.h.)
Nine semester hours of coursework must be selected from the College of Public Health curriculum. Selection of elective coursework will be done between the student and his/her MPH advisor.
Summary of Degree Requirements
|MPH Core||18 s.h.|
|JD Hours||12 s.h.|
|Public Health electives||9 s.h.|
The JD is a 84 semester hour degree program taken over a three year period. The JD curriculum can be found at http://www.law.uiowa.edu/academics/index.php JD/MPH students must complete 102 total semester hours.
|In addition to mastering the core competencies, graduates of the combined JD/MPH will be able to:|
|Discuss legal issues related to health and public health such as the “right to die”, organ transplantation and medical malpractice.|
|Describe the role nonprofit organizations play in building and enhancing local communities.|
|Examine the relationship of nonprofit organizations to community constituencies, governmental entities, and professional associations.|