Academic Programs

Public Health

J.D./M.P.H. in Law and Public Health

Boston University offers highly-motivated students a unique opportunity to obtain both a JD degree and a Master's of Public Health (MPH) degree. The dual-degree program can be completed in seven semesters, rather than the minimum four and one-half years required to obtain each degree independently, because some courses can be credited toward both degrees.
The Law School and the School of Public Health provide an exceptionally strong program in health-law courses. Graduates of the program enter careers in federal and state government agencies and legislative offices, private law practices, universities, hospitals, insurers, biotechnology companies, and non-profit organizations.

. Public health education focuses on:

  • developing and disseminating information on health and illness in various populations
  • recognizing the importance of psychological and social factors in illness and well-being
  • controlling and improving the physical environments in which people live and work
  • interpreting and implementing the results of research investigations and other scientific and statistical information
  • understanding and influencing governmental health policy and regulation
  • designing more effective and efficient methods for planning and delivering health care services.