MPH: Health Law, Bioethics & Human Rights Concentration

The Master of Public Health degree program, with a concentration in health law, bioethics & human rights, provides foundational instruction in public health law, which students may complement with advanced studies in bioethics or human rights. This concentration is appropriate for those who plan to work in government agencies, health care institutions, advocacy groups, and nongovernmental organizations, and, for those who pursue further education, it provides a foundation for specialized academic training in law, ethics, or human rights.

Concentration Requirements

Health law, bioethics & human rights concentrators must successfully complete 16 credits of concentration courses. All concentrators must complete SPH LW 751 in the fall to meet the MPH core course requirement and complete SPH LW 850 in the spring. In addition, concentrators must complete at least eight (8) additional concentration credits. The remaining credits may be taken from any course numbered SPH LW 700 or above, with the exception of SPH LW 719.

All concentrators must meet the writing requirement for health law, bioethics & human rights concentrators by successfully completing SPH LW 850 or SPH LW 840. This paper is presented orally at the mandatory capstone day held by the department.

Concentrators may select to focus their studies in bioethics or human rights and are encouraged to work with their faculty advisor in selecting courses each semester.

Culminating Experience

There is an annual Health Law, Bioethics & Human Rights Capstone Day held in early May at which graduating concentrators in health law, bioethics & human rights demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of law, ethics, and public health. These students will make oral presentations and answer questions on the topics addressed in their papers in SPH LW 850 Legal Strategies to Reduce Health Risks or SPH LW 840 Health Law, Bioethics and Human Rights.