JD/MPH Dual Degree Program
The UIC School of Public Health is not currently accepting applications for the JD/MPH as of Fall 2019. Applications will re-open in the future.
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.
The joint JD/MPH degree can be pursued through enrollment in the MPH in Health Policy and Administration degree.
The following requirements pertain to students dual enrolled at the Illinois Institute of Technology Chicago Kent College of Law. In the future, the JD/MPH will offer coursework through the UIC John Marshall Law School. While admissions are not open at this time, students considering admission in the future should note that degree requirements for future admissions to the joint JD/MPH degree are subject to change.
- Law 206 – Legislative Process (3 semester hours)
- Law 251 – Contracts (5 semester hours)
- Law 253 – Torts (5 semester hours)
- Law 257 – Criminal Law (3 semester hours)
- Law 258 – Civil Procedure (5 semester hours)
- Law 259 – Legal Writing 1 (3 semester hours)
- Law 260 – Legal Writing 2 (2 semester hours)
- Law 261 – Property (4 semester hours)
- Law 275 – Constitutional Law (4 semester hours)
- Law 415 – Professional Responsibility (2 semester hours)
- Law 431 – Legal Writing 3 (1 semester hour)
- Law 432 – Legal Writing 4 (3 semester hours)
JD Electives (47 semester hours; inclusive of shared courses)
Through elective 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.
School of Public Health Core Courses (18 semester hours)
- IPHS 401 – Determinants of Population Health (4 semester hours)
- IPHS 403 – Public Health Systems, Policy and Management (4 semester hours)
- IPHS 650 – Applied Practice Experience in Public Health (3 semester hours)
- IPHS 698 – Integrative Learning Experience (1 semester hours)
- IPHS 650 – Interprofessional Education (0 semester hours)
A total of six semester hours must be completed from the following courses:
- IPHS 402 – Analytic and Research Methods in Public Health (onsite) (6 semester hours)
- IPHS 404 – Analytic and Research Methods in Public Health Part 1 (online) (3 semester hours)
- IPHS 405 – Analytic and Research Methods in Public Health Part 2 (online) (3 semester hours)
MPH Division Requirements and Electives
Students must satisfy requirements of the MPH in Health Policy and Administration’s Professional Enhancement Program. MPH course electives must at a minimum bring the total MPH program hours to 43 semester hours.
Required Division Courses
- HPA 415 – U.S. Health Care System for Public Health Practitioners (3 semester hours)
- HPA 420 – Introduction to Public Health Policy (3 semester hours)
- HPA 431 – Public Health Law and Ethics (3 semester hours)
- HPA 432 – Public Health Policy and Practice (3 semester hours)
- HPA 444 – Strategic Planning and Budgeting (3 semester hours)
- HPA 460 – Introduction to the Economics of Health and Healthcare (3 semester hours)
- HPA 467 – Public Health Policy Analysis (3 semester hours)
- HPA 499 – Introduction to Research Design for Public Health Practitioners (1 semester hour)
About shared coursework
Twelve hours of coursework (roughly one semester’s worth of credit) taken at the School of Public Health will count toward elective credit at Chicago-Kent, enabling full-time students to complete both degrees in 4 1⁄2 years. With proper planning, participation in clinical experiences and/or externships at Chicago-Kent also may satisfy the School of Public Health’s Applied Practice Experience requirement and provide a foundation for the MPH Integrative Learning Experience project.