Coordinated Juris Doctor / Master of Public Health Program

(JD/MPH) Coordinated Juris Doctor / Master of Public Health Program

The department offers a coordinated Master of Public Health and Juris doctor degree program in cooperation with the Cumberland School of Law at Samford University, also located in Birmingham. The purpose of the program is to offer future attorneys exposure to the broad areas of public health.

Admission: Students enrolled in this program must be enrolled at the Cumberland School of Law. In order to be admitted to the coordinated programs, a student must have a GPA of 2.5 at the end of the first year of law school. A minimum law school GPA of 2.5 each semester and a minimum 3.0 GPA each term in public health are required for students to continue in the coordinated program. Interested students should contact the Office of Student and Academic Services at the School of Public Health for MPH application materials and Cumberland Law School for J.D. application materials.

JD/MPH Curriculum

Curriculum: Students in this track must complete 45 credit hours. This includes the MPH Core, SOPH requirements, track requirements, electives and internship. A total of 90 credit hours of coursework are required for the coordinated JD/MPH. The coordinated JD/MPH degree can be completed in 2 academic years (including 2 summers) of full-time study. Normally, 42 credit hours are required for the MPH degree, however, because of the coordinated nature of the degree, 13 credit hours from the JD curriculum are credited to the MPH and 12 hours from the MPH curriculum are credited to the JD. Students may complete the MPH totally online, in class, or through a mix of online and in class experiences. Out-of-state online students pay the same tuition rate as Alabama residents.

Core Requirements:17
BST 601Biostatistics4
ENH 600Fundamentals of Environmental Health Science3
EPI 600Introduction to Epidemiology3
HB 600Social and Behavioral Sciences in Public Health3
HCO 600Management and Policy in Public Health Systems and Services3
PUH 695The Public Health Integrative Experience1
SOPH Requirements:3
PUH 627Writing & Reviewing Research for MPH Candidates3
or GRD 727 Writing & Reviewing Research
Department Track Requirements:6
HCO 601Health Economics3
HCO 603Public Health Policy3
HCO 697Internship3
Transfer of credit for the following Samford Law School courses:13
Law 502: Torts4
Law 506: Contracts I3
Law 507: Contracts II2
Law 526: Business Organizations4
Total Credit Hours Earned for Degree:45