JD-MPH Combined Degree

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.

Prerequisites

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.

Number Title Hours
CPH:4101 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.

Number Title Hours
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:

Number Title Hours
LAW:8105 Administrative Law 3 s.h.
LAW:8421 Employment Law 3 s.h.
LAW:8407 Topics in Employee Benefits Law 3 s.h.
LAW:8433 Environmental Law 3 s.h.
LAW:8562 Health Law 3 s.h.
LAW:9882 Public Health Law 2,3,4,5 s.h.
LAW:8467 Family Law 3 s.h.
LAW:9639 History of Regulation of Smoking & Tobacco 3,4,5 s.h.
LAW:8622 International Environmental Law 3 s.h.
LAW:8670 Labor Law 3 s.h.
LAW:8751 Nonprofit Organizational Effectiveness I 3 s.h.
LAW:8752 Nonprofit Organizational Effectiveness II 3 s.h.
LAW:9849 Non-Profit & Philanthropic Organizations Arr.
LAW:9413 Health Law and Policy Practicum 2-3 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

Area Hours
MPH Core 18 s.h.
Practicum 3 s.h.
JD Hours 12 s.h.
Public Health electives 9 s.h.
Total 42 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.

 


Questions or comments? Contact Lexie Just. This page was last reviewed on April 12, 2016.