Coordinated Juris Doctor / Master of Public Health Program

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


Students in this track must complete 43 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. 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. 

MPH Core Requirements: (14 hours)
PUH 601This is Public Health1
PUH 602Community Assessment3
PUH 603Quantitative Methods in Public Health3
PUH 604Programs and Policies3
PUH 605Public Health Management and Evaluation3
PUH 606Leadership for Evidence-Based Public Health1
MPH Degree Requirement: (1 hour)
ENH 690Environmental Health Perspectives1
Population Health Degree Requirement: (3 hour)
PUH 610Population Health3
Approved Electives: (7 hours)
Select 7 credit hours of Public Health 600-699 level courses7
Applied Practice Experience: (3 hours)
PUH 688Public Health Internship3
Integrative Learning Experience: (2 hours)
HB 689Health Behavior Integrative Learning Experience2
or ENH 689 Environmental Health Sciences Integrative Learning Experience
or EPI 689 Epidemiology Integrative Learning Experience
or HPO 689 HPO Integrative Learning Experience
Total SOPH Hours:30
Shared Hours from JD Curriculum: (13 hours)
Law 502: Torts4
Law 506: Contracts I3
Law 507: Contracts II2
Law 526: Business Organizations4
Total Credit Hours for the MPH:43
Total Hours Completed for MPH/JD:90

For additional information concerning the coordinated MPH/JD program contact the School of Public Health at or the Cumberland School of Law at Samford University at