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Dual-Degree Programs

Four health law related dual-degree programs are available in cooperation with the Saint Louis University College for Public Health and Social Justice, the Center for Outcomes Research and the Albert Gnaegi Center for Health Care Ethics.

Students must complete two semesters at the School of Law before beginning dual-degree programs. The dual-degree programs are designed to allow students to obtain two degrees in significantly less time than if the degrees were obtained separately.

Graduates of the dual-degree programs have diverse employment opportunities and often serve in influential positions in:

  • Health care systems
  • Nonprofit institutions
  • Large health law firms
  • Health policy organizations
  • Federal and state regulatory agencies
  • Pharmaceutical, device and biotechnology corporations
Programs in Cooperation with the College for Public Health and Social Justice

Dual-degree programs, in cooperation with the College for Public Health and Social Justice, allow highly motivated students the opportunity to combine the field of health law with health administration, health policy and public health. The College for Public Health and Social Justice is home to a top-ranked program in health administration. Students may pursue the following dual-degrees through the College for Public Health and Social Justice:

Program in Cooperation with the Center for Outcomes Research

As health care and policy are increasingly driven by analyses of outcomes data, the Center for Outcomes Research prepares students to inform and lead decision-making with empirical research. This program will develop health care lawyers who are able to account for health outcomes data in preparation for litigation, in assessing a client's compliance with various regulations and in counseling clients related to liability risk management and institutional policy. 

Program in Cooperation with the Center for Health Care Ethics

The Center for Health Care Ethics offers an interdisciplinary approach to the study of bioethics. Faculty members hold terminal degrees in law, medicine, philosophy, psychology, health care ethics, public health and research methodology. Health care ethics has become its own field, but requires multidisciplinary expertise. While pursuing the J.D., law students have the opportunity to pursue a Ph.D. and gain experience in the field of bioethics, which may lead to employment in academic positions, clinical ethics, in house counsel or other positions of prominence in health care systems.

For more informations about these dual-degree programs, contact Associate Director Amy Sanders at amy.sanders@slu.edu or by phone at (314) 977-8176.