JD-MPH | Master of Public Health Joint Degrees Offered at FSPH

JD-MPH Joint Degree

The joint Juris Doctor and Master of Public Health in Health Policy and Management (JD-MPH) program between the Robert H. McKinney School of Law and the Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health provides students with an interdisciplinary curriculum in law and health policy and management. Students are trained to address the legalities, issues and problems affecting personal and public health.

Individuals must independently apply and be accepted into both the McKinney School of Law JD program and the School of Public Health MPH program. Once students have been accepted into this joint degree program, they should meet with their academic advisors to plan the course sequencing. The program includes 82 credit hours in Law courses and 45 credit hours in MPH courses. Nine hours of courses count for both the JD and MPH.

Competencies

Graduates will be able to:

  • Discuss the policy process for improving the health status of populations.
  • Apply principles of strategic planning and organizational development to public health agencies.
  • Demonstrate communication and leadership skills required for building community and organizational capacity.
  • Apply the principles of budgeting, management and performance evaluation in organizational and community initiatives.
  • Understand the overarching policy arguments that influence the provision of health care, its financing, and the regulation of health care actors.
  • Build upon an existing base of legal knowledge (e.g., contract law, torts, and administrative law) & skills (writing and analysis) to succeed in a health law career.
  • Comprehend the complex relationships among health care stakeholders and the legal, ethical, and political constraints that apply to those relationships.
  • Understand the complex interaction of federal and state (statutory, regulatory and case-based) laws that defines health law.
  • Appreciate that health law is a rapidly changing area of law and requires considerable effort to remain current and advise shifting sets of stakeholders.

Careers

Graduates can apply for positions as a:

  • Health Care Compliance Attorney
  • Assistant Chief Counsel for Litigation
  • Board of Health, Commissioner
  • County, City, or State Health Official
  • Private Practice Attorney

Juris Doctor Curriculum

Student Profile

Marcella Gregory
JD-MPH Student

marcella"Four years ago, a law dual degree program was almost unheard of, especially a JD-MPH. The fact that the IU Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health was among the few that offered this innovative program and it was located in a dynamic metropolitan area solidified my desire to become a student. Acquiring two professional degrees in four years was an amazing opportunity I would do again. This program offers a wide range of classes during the year and great options during the summer. The professors are knowledgeable on the subjects they teach and genuinely want to see you succeed. Through the courses I've taken, I know I'm meant to be a public health lawyer. I want to analyze the way in which law is used as a tool to promote public health initiatives. The JD-MPH program supports the connection between these two disciplines and creates public health advocates prepared to improve quality of life. This past summer I worked for the CDC in their public health law program - they hire only interns currently in a duel degree JD-MPH program."