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JD / MHA Degree

What is it?

The JD/MHA Dual Degree Program encompasses the combination of the Master of Health Administration (MHA) degree from the College of Public Health and the Juris Doctor (JD) degree from 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.

How long is the program?

The JD/MHA Dual Degree Program is a full-time program that is completed in four years. The MHA degree alone is a two year, 54 credit hour program. The JD degree alone is a three year, 90 credit hour program. Under the dual degree program, each college would accept nine credit hours earned in the other college, having the student earn a total of 126 credit hours by the end of four years.

What are the advantages of the dual degree program?

Students can complete the dual program in four years, one year less than completing each program individually. Earning a dual degree will make you highly marketable in the job market. The Bureau of Labor Statistics indicates that health care administration is growing at a rapid pace, as the healthcare industry is one of the largest in the country. More law students graduate from school than there are jobs available and competition is strong. Having a dual degree will give graduates an advantage over other jobseekers and make them appealing to potential employers in both sectors.

JD/MHA Dual Degree Course Track

Year 1 or 2: 30 credit hours of required first-year Law courses
LAW 805 Torts (4 hrs)
LAW 807 Property (4 hrs)
LAW 801-802 Contracts I & II (6 hrs)
LAW 815-817 Civil Procedure I & II (6 hrs)
LAW 811 Criminal Law (3 hrs)
LAW 820 Constitutional Law I (3 hrs)
LAW 804 Legal Research & Writing (4 hrs)
Year 1 or 2: 33 credit hours of required MHA core courses
HA 621 Quantitative Methods (3 hrs)
HA 601 Overview of US Healthcare (3 hrs)
HA 635 Management Accounting (3 hrs)
HA 642 Organization Theory & Behavior (3 hrs)
HA 636 Health Economics (3 hrs)
HA 637 Health Finance (3 hrs)
HA 603 Health Law (3 hrs)
CPH 663 Core Concepts in Public Health (3 hrs)
HA 604 Healthcare Ethics & Governance (2 hrs)
CPH 614 Managerial Epidemiology (3 hrs)
HA 623 Healthcare Operations Analysis/Mgt (3 hrs)
HA 711 Internship (1 hr)
Years 3 & 4:
a) 48 credit hours in the College of Law (49 credit hours if a two-credit capstone is selected under subsection (c)) including the following required for graduation:
LAW 835 Professional Responsibility
Fulfillment of the Substantial Writing Requirement
A Professional Skills course as designated by the College of Law
(3 hrs)
b) 10 credit hours of remaining required MHA courses:
HA 673 Health Policy (3 hrs)
HA 602 Strategic Planning & Marketing (3 hrs)
HA 660 Decision Making in Healthcare Orgs (3 hrs)
HA 785 MHA Capstone course (1 hr)
c) In addition, a shared elective course (2-3 hrs) from the following list:
LAW 830 Health Care Organizations & Finance (3 hrs)
LAW 831 Bioethical Issues & the Law (2-3 hrs)
LAW 832 Medical Liability (3 hrs)
LAW 946 Healthcare Law & Policy Seminar (2 hrs)
LAW 975 UK Healthcare Risk Mgt Office Externship (2 hrs)
CPH 653 Public Health Law (3 hrs)
HA 647 Health Policy (3 hrs)
CPH 754 Healthcare Access & Coverage (3 hrs)
CPH 753 Global Public Health (3 hrs)

Contact Information

College of Public Health
Dr. Julia Costich

Office of Admissions: College of Public Health

Director of Admissions: College of Law
Jimmi Nicolson