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.


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.


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

Take all courses for 33 credits

  • LAW – D509 Property (4 credits)
  • LAW – D512 Contracts and Sales I (3 credits)
  • LAW – D520 Legal Analysis, Research and Communication I (2 credits)
  • LAW – D541 Torts (4 credits)
  • LAW – D707 Civil Procedure I (3 credits)
  • LAW – D513 Contracts and Sales II (3 credits)
  • LAW – D521 Legal Analysis, Research and Communication II (2 credits)
  • LAW – D530 Legal Analysis, Research and Communication III (2 credits)
  • LAW – D533 Criminal Law (3 credits)
  • LAW – D620 Constitutional Law (4 credits)
  • LAW – D708 Civil Procedure II (3 credits)

Take all courses for 18 credits

  • LAW – N647 Administrative Law (3 credits)
  • LAW – N645 Closely Held Business Organizations (3 credits)
  • LAW – N845 Financing and Regulation of Health Care (2 or 3 credits)
  • LAW – N838 Bioethics and Law (2 or 3 credits)
  • LAW – D761 Law and Public Health (2 credits)
  • LAW – Advanced Course (2 or 3 credits)

Select 22 credits of LAW courses 

  • LAW - D700 Seminar in Public Health Law (1– 3 credits)
  • LAW - D802 Hospital Legal Department Externship
  • LAW - D/N808 Disability Clinic (1-2 credits)
  • LAW - D/N808 Health and Human Rights Clinic (1-4 credits)
  • LAW - D888 Food and Drug Law (3 credits)
  • LAW - N686 Neuroscience and the Law (2 credits)
  • LAW - N824 Law and Medical Malpractice (2 or 3 credits)
  • LAW - N838 Bioethics and Law (2 or 3 credits)
  • LAW - N851 Insurance Law (2 credits)
  • LAW - N859 Business and Legal Aspects of Health Care Organizations (2 credits)
  • LAW - N866 Antitrust and the Health Care Industry (2 credits)
  • LAW - N874 Psychiatry and the Law (2 credits)
  • LAW - N888 Food and Drug Law (2 credits)
  • Additional Electives on Approved Online Elective List

Select 6 credits of MPH courses

  • MPH - A640 Public Health Applications of GIS (3 cr.)
  • MPH - E601 Advanced Epidemiology (3 cr.)
  • MPH - H613 Public Health and Emergency Preparedness (3 credits)
  • MPH - H644 Health Impact Assessment (3 cr.)
  • MPH - H624 Developing Strategic Capabilities (3 cr.)
  • MPH - H657 Cost Effectiveness, Decision Making & Program Evaluation (3 credits)
  • MPH - H670 Grant Proposal and Administration for Public Health (3 cr.)
  • MPH - H670 Law, Poverty and Population Health (3 cr.)
  • MPH - S614 Program Planning in Public Health (3 credits)
  • Other Elective on Campus with Prior Approval from Faculty Advisor (3 credits)

  • LAW – N861 Professional Responsibility (2 or 3 cr. Number of credit hours will be announced when the course is scheduled)
  • LAW – Advanced Research and Writing (0 cr.)

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."