College of Public Health students graduating

JD / MHA Degree


The University of Kentucky Master of Health Administration (MHA) degree is a two-year, 54-hour program that is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME) and offered through the College of Public Health. The Juris Doctor (JD) Degree is a three-year, 90-hour degree program of the College of Law that is accredited by the American Bar Association. Under the dual degree program, each college would accept 9 credit hours earned in the other college, allowing the student to complete both JD and MHA degrees with a total of 126 credit hours

Program Structure

A. Admissions

Admission to the JD/MHA program requires separate applications to both programs that meet the admission standards of each. Application to the MHA program is through the Schools of Public Health Application System (SOPHAS).  Admission standards for the joint degree are the same as for applications to each of the programs; applicants should note on all application forms that admission is being sought for the JD/MHA dual degree program.

Note on part-time status: The joint degree program is not suitable for part-time MHA students. There is no part-time program at the College of Law.

Students who are currently enrolled in either the JD or the MHA program can be considered for admission to the JD/MHA joint degree program after the end of the first full-time year. Application for admission must be accepted by the program in which the student is not yet enrolled. The JD/MHA program is not applicable to students who have already earned one of the degrees.

B. Advantages

Students can complete this dual program of study in four years, one year less than the combined five years of study required for the separate JD and MHA degrees. From the perspective of the MHA program, the JD program includes coursework that satisfies up to nine hours of the required MHA coursework. From the College of Law perspective, the MHA course work satisfies nine hours of electives toward the JD degree.

C. Programs of Study

To earn the JD/MHA, a student must satisfy the requirements of both the College of Public Health and the College of Law. If there is a scheduling problem, the MHA and Law program representatives will resolve any conflicts on an ad hoc basis.

The following track applies to all students who enter the program at the beginning of their coursework; individual tracks will be determined for students who enter after completing the first year of either program.


Course Number Course Name Credit Hours
  Year 1 or 2: 30 credit hours of required first-year Law courses  
LAW 805 Torts 4
LAW 807 Property 4
LAW 801-802 Contracts I and II 6
LAW 815-817 Civil Procedure I and II 6
LAW 811 Criminal Law 3
LAW 820 Constitutional Law 3
LAW 804 Legal Research and Writing 4
Course Number Course Name Credit Hours
  Year 1 or 2: 36 credit hours of required MHA core courses  
CPH 682 Quantitative Methods 3
CPH 600 Overview of US Healthcare 3
CPH 655 Management Accounting 3
CPH 687 Organization Theory and Behavior 3
CPH 658 Health Economics 3
CPH 652 Health Finance 3
CPH 681 Health Law 3
CPH 785 Health Policy 3
CPH 663 Core Concepts in Public Health 3
CPH 781 Healthcare Ethics and Governance 2
CPH 605 Epidemiology 3
CPH 683 Healthcare Operations Analysis/Mgt 3
CPH 688 Internship 1
Course Number Course Name Credit Hours
  a) 48 credit hours in the College of Law including the following courses required for graduation:  
LAW 835 Professional Responsibility 3
  Fulfillment of the Substantial Writing Requirement  
  A Professional Skills course as designated by the College of Law  
  (b) 10 credit hours of remaining required MHA courses:  
CPH 782 Information Systems in Healthcare 3
CPH 780 Strategic Planning and Marketing 3
CPH 784 Case Studies in Healthcare Management 3
CPH 757 MHA final exam prep course 1
  (c) In addition, a shared elective course (2-3 hours) from the following list:  
LAW 830 Health Care Organizations & Finance 3
LAW 831 Bioethical Issues and the Law 2-3
LAW 832 Medical Liability 3
LAW 946 Healthcare Law and Policy Seminar 2
LAW 975 UK Healthcare Risk Management Office Externship 2
CPH 653 Public Health Law 3
CPH 755 Leading Healthcare Teams 3
CPH 551 Comparative Health Systems 3

D. Grade Point Average

Grade point average for each program is calculated independently by each college.  Joint degree students are required to remain in compliance with the academic standards of each degree-granting unit.  For example, a student must satisfy the College of Law GPA requirements solely on the basis of graded law school coursework.

E. Student Status

During the period of MHA studies, the student will have the status of graduate student and will be required to comply with the rules and regulations of the Graduate School.

During the period of JD studies, the student will have the status of law student and will be required to comply with the rules and regulations of the College of Law. If a student is enrolled in courses in both Colleges, the student may be subject to the rules and regulations of both the College of Law and the Graduate School.

F. Granting of MHA/JD Degree

Upon satisfactory completion of all degree requirements of both programs, the student is granted both degrees and is eligible to participate in graduation or recognition ceremonies for either or both colleges.

G. Fee Payments

In semesters when students are enrolled concurrently in JD and MHA courses, tuition will be assessed in a manner consistent with the policy of each college.

H. Failure to Complete MHA or JD Requirement

The JD/MHA dual degrees will be granted only upon successful completion of all coursework and examinations. If a student is unable to complete the requirements of either degree, the student may complete the requirements for the remaining degree program, including up to six credit hours of coursework completed in the other program with a grade of B or better.

For additional information, please contact Dr. Julia F. Costich at