Law and Public Health (JD/MPH)

The JD/MPH Law and Public Health dual degree program is an accelerated course of study leading to the award of both the JD and MPH degrees that can be completed in 7 semesters. The JD/MPH dual degree program provides highly motivated students the skills and knowledge to succeed in the dynamic field of health law and policy, where the Affordable Care Act is increasing demand for attorneys with specialized expertise.

Just as law is central to protecting public health, knowledge of public health disciplines is essential to today’s health law practice. Protecting and enhancing the health of populations, as well as individuals, demands multidisciplinary training to identify and resolve complex problems of major social and economic importance. The MPH degree program gives students a comprehensive, systematic understanding of the complex and overlapping fields of health care and public health. Students graduate with the ability to read and synthesize relevant literature, navigate complex systems, and identify how law should apply in practice.

Boston University’s outstanding faculty and research resources – including the country’s largest concentration of health law faculty and courses – provide a rigorous, integrated curriculum in law and public health.

Contact Information

Wendy Mariner
Professor; JD/MPH Dual Degree Program Director
Boston University School of Public Health
Department of Health Law, Bioethics, & Human Rights
715 Albany Street, TW3
Boston, MA 02118
Phone: 617-638-4626

Admissions Office

For more information on the JD program, students should contact:
Boston University School of Law
765 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, MA 02215
Phone: 617-353-3100