Dual Degree of J.D./Master of Public Health (M.P.H.) Program By Illinois Institute of Technology |Top Universities

Dual Degree of J.D./Master of Public Health (M.P.H.)

Dual Degree of J.D./Master of Public Health (M.P.H.)

  • Study Level Masters
  • Duration 24 months

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Enrollment in the joint J.D./M.P.H. Program enables a student to obtain a J.D. degree from Chicago-Kent and a Master of Public Health degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago in approximately three and a half years of full-time study. Lawyers who have a background in public health are more marketable in the field of health law and policy than their counterparts without a health background. And the dual degree expands the variety of career options. Some graduates pursue traditional careers as attorneys at law firms or companies specializing in health care law or related public health specializations such as environmental control or health services delivery. Others work as legal or health care policy advisors for hospitals, governments or health care organizations. And still others pursue a more advocacy-oriented role helping local citizens organize for policy changes to improve the health of their communities. Eligibility and Requirements To receive the Juris Doctor, students must complete 87 credit hours. This includes the first year of required course-work, including two semesters in the legal research and writing program. After completing required courses students may pursue a deeper understanding of a particular substantive, health-related area, including disability law, elder law, environmental and energy law, family law, food and drug law, genetics and law, health law, medical malpractice, and reproductive technologies law. Students in the coordinated program will matriculate into the School of Public Health's Health Policy and Administration Division. To receive the Master of Public Health, students must complete 33 to 38 semester hours of course work, including 18 semester hours of school-wide requirements, and at least 15 semester hours of electives, many of which will likely be in areas of public health law and policy. Students must also complete a field practicum experience and a capstone requirement. These enable students to gain practical experience in whichever area of health law or health policy is of interest to them. Twelve hours of course-work (roughly one semester's worth of credit) taken at the School of Public Health will count toward elective credit at Chicago-Kent, enabling students to complete both degrees in three and a half years. With proper planning, participation in clinical experiences and/or externships at Chicago-Kent also may satisfy the School of Public Health's field practicum requirement, and participation in health-related legal seminars at Chicago-Kent may satisfy the School's capstone requirement.