JD/MPH Concentration

The dual degree through Tufts and Boston College Law School or Northeastern University School of Law can be completed in three and a half years, rather than the average four and a half to five years if the degrees were to be obtained separately. A carefully sequenced curriculum allows some MPH and law school courses to count for credit in both programs. Students must complete the core courses of the MPH program, a set of concentration courses, and enough electives to earn 42 semester hours of credit to complete the MPH. The JD/MPH has its own set of concentration courses that focus on the intersection of law and public health. Most of the concentration courses are law school courses in health and public health law related topics and are double counted towards both degrees. 

Concentration Skills & Competencies

  • Integrate public health and legal perspectives and methods to solve public health problems
  • Apply legal decision-making to addressing a public health problem
  • Use legal reasoning to advocate for positions, programs and resources that promote public health values in policies or programs
  • Assess legal, ethical and legislative policy issues concerning  regulations, and/or administrative rules and procedures relevant to public health
  • Apply a specific area of regulatory law to address a public health problem

Courses JD/MPH Concentration Requirements 

  • PH 232: Law and Public Health
  • Health Law  (at home law school)
  • Selected administrative or public health law course (at home law school)
  • Law school elective from approved listing (at home law school)

 For information about specific courses at each law school that meet concentration requirements for the JD/MPH contact Marcia.Boumil@tufts.edu.