Overview

The University of Miami School of Law and the Miller School of Medicine’s Department of Public Health Sciences offer a joint degree program in law and public health. Upon completion of the programs, a student earns the Juris Doctor degree from the School of Law and a Master of Public Health degree from the School of Medicine.  The average length of this joint program is 3.5 years (seven semesters plus 2 summer sessions).  Law students begin MPH classes after completing the first year of law school.

Students who apply for the joint JD/MPH program must apply both to the School of Law and to the Graduate Programs in Public Health Sciences.

Admission Requirements

·       Application - Applicants must submit their application online through SOPHAS, the centralized application service of the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health (ASPPH). All application materials, including transcripts, test scores, statement of purpose/personal statement, resume/CV, and letters of recommendations, must be submitted directly through SOPHAS.  Students who apply for the joint JD/MPH program must apply both to the School of Law and to the Graduate Programs in Public Health Sciences separately.

·       Transcripts – Applicants must submit official transcripts from all previously attended colleges and universities. All foreign transcripts must be official and submitted in the original language. If the original language is not English, an official translation must be submitted along with the transcript. We do not accept evaluations from foreign credentialing service organizations. All non-U.S. transcripts must be evaluated by the World Education Service (WES) using ICAP course-by-course evaluation service.

·       Standardized Test Scores - Applicants are required to submit GRE general exam scores taken within the last five years. Alternatively, MCAT and LSAT scores are acceptable for the MPH degree programs only. Applicants to the MPH program who hold advanced degrees (MD, JD, PhD, MBBS, and other doctoral degrees) are encouraged, but not required to submit test scores. Standardized test waivers are available on a case-by-case basis.

·       English Proficiency Exam - International students whose native language is not English and/or did not graduate from an English-teaching institution are required to submit TOEFL or IELTS scores.

·       Resume/Curriculum Vitae – Applicants must include a detailed resume including employment, public health experiences, community service, research, and academic or professional honors.

·       Statement of Purpose/Personal Statement – Applicants are required to submit a statement of purpose that details their academic interest in the program. The statement should discuss any experiences in public health including field experience, research, training, education or other related qualifications. Applicants should discuss how earning the degree will contribute to their future professional and career goals, as well as to the future of public health. Applicants should also address any academic deficiencies, if applicable.

·       Letters of Recommendation– Applicants must provide three letters of recommendation from individuals who are best able to assess their ability to be successful in a graduate degree program. Ideally, recommenders are recent professors, researchers or employers in a related field. Letters must be signed and on letterhead. Applicants will be asked to include the contact information of their recommenders on the SOPHAS application and recommenders will be sent an online form to complete via email.

For more information about our application process, please click here. To obtain detailed curricula on all our program offerings, please visit our website.

For further information, please contact:

Andria L. Williams, MBA
Director of Admissions
Department of Public Health Sciences

University of Miami Miller School of Medicine
1120 N.W. 14 Street, Room 905 (R-669)
Miami, Florida 33136
Tel: 305-243-0291
Email: publichealthadmissions@miami.edu

JD/MPH Dual Degree Curriculum

PUBLIC HEALTH CURRICULUM (33 credits)
Core Courses
EPH 600Introduction to the Science Practice of Public Health3
EPH 601Medical Biostatistics I4
EPH 617Disease Prevention and Health Promotion3
or EPH 620 Health Education and Behavior
EPH 621Fundamentals of Epidemiology3
EPH 631Public Health Administration3
or EPH 632 U.S. Health Systems
EPH 641Environmental Health3
Generalist Concentration
EPH 607Interdisciplinary Health Communication3
EPH 602Biostatistics II3
or BST 625 Survey of Statistical Computing
EPH 644Fundamentals of Program Evaluation3
or EPH 656 Qualitative Research Methods
or EPH 647 Community Based Participatory Research
Capstone
EPH 680Practical Field Experience3
EPH 682Generalist Capstone Project2
CORE LAW CURRICULUM 82
General Law Courses
Health Law Courses 1
Law Subject Area Courses 2
Total Credit Hours115

Plan of Study

The average length of the joint JD/MPH program is 3.5 years (seven semesters plus 2 summer sessions).  Law students begin MPH classes after completing the first year of law school.

Students who apply for the joint JD/MPH program must apply both to the School of Law and to the Graduate Programs in Public Health Sciences.