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Through collaboration with the SLU School of Law, accredited by the American Bar Association, the dual MPH-HMP/JD prepares highly motivated students to work in the rewarding and challenging fields of law and public health.

This program enables graduates to approach health and legal issues in an interdisciplinary manner. Recipients of the degree practice law in a variety of settings including governmental public health agencies, private law firms and non-profit institutions.

The program primarily aims to educate students to become preeminent leaders in the special legal needs of public health entities.

A major benefit of this dual degree format is that students obtain both degrees more quickly than if obtained separately, roughly four years compared to five. This integrated program requires completion of professional law-school requirements as well as the fulfillment of a complete MPH-HMP degree (51 credit-hours), which includes nine credit-hours of coursework from the School of Law JD degree requirements.

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Admission Requirements

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Degree Requirements

Students must meet the admission requirements and be admitted into both degree programs according to the processes of each of the participating academic units in order to pursue a dual degree program. Individuals may apply to the MPH-HMP degree program concurrently with application to the School of Law or following admission to the School of Law; however, admission to the dual degree program is contingent upon admission to both the MPH-HMP and the JD degree programs.

MPH-HMP Prerequisites: A bachelor's degree or equivalent of a professional degree from an accredited college or university.

MPH Requirements: The MPH requires the completion of the MPH core curriculum.

MPH Concentration Curriculum (30 credit-hours)

  • HMP.500 Health Care Organization
  • HMP.520 Health Economics
  • HMP.521 Economic Evaluation
  • HMP.550 Health Policy
  • HMP.553 Capstone Seminar in Health Policy
  • HMP.572 Government Financing of Health and Health Care
  • LAW.757 Health Care Law substitutes for HMP.551 Health Policy and Law

Nine credit-hours of advisor-approved coursework from the School of Law JD degree requirements.

The minimum total credit-hours required for the MPH-HMP is 51.

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Bernie Backer
Director of Graduate Admissions