Joint Programs in Law & Public Health
Thomas Jefferson University and Widener School of Law offer two joint degree programs – Juris Doctor/Master of Public Health (JD/MPH) and Master of Jurisprudence/Master of Public Health (MJ/MPH) – designed to provide the knowledge and skills required to thrive in health law practice, advocacy, and policy. Both degree programs benefit a wide range of population health, healthcare and legal professionals, including nurses, policy makers, nursing home administrators, paralegals, government employees and private-practice lawyers and litigators.
- Jefferson’s Master of Public Health (MPH) is a competency-based degree program accredited through the Council of Education for Public Health (CEPH).
- The Widener University School of Law is accredited by the American Bar Association and is a member of the Association of American Law Schools.
- Nine (9) credits earned as part of Widener’s JD or MJ may be applied to Jefferson’s MPH; and credits earned as part of Jefferson’s MPH may be applied to Widener’s JD program (up to nine (9) credits) or MJ program (up to five (5) credits).
- The Capstone project required for both degrees can be done as a joint project.
- The public health Clerkship is a 120-hour community experience with a public health-related organization. It may focus on a health law or health policy issue and can be completed locally, elsewhere in the United States, or abroad.
Jefferson MPH Competencies
- Behavioral and social sciences
- Environmental health sciences
- Health policy, management and advocacy
Widener Health Law Core Courses
- Introduction to Health Law
- Health Law I
- Health Law II
- Seminar in Public Health Law
- Seminar in Bioethics
Application & Admissions Considerations for the JD-MPH & MJ-MPH
- It is recommended that students apply first to Widener University School of Law and, upon acceptance, then apply to Thomas Jefferson University.
- Typically, students complete one or two years of their legal education at Widener prior to beginning their MPH program.
- Admission to the joint program is determined independently, and students must meet the admissions criteria that pertain to each school. Application considerations include:
- Earned baccalaureate degree
- LSAT (JD/MPH) or GRE (MJ/MPH)
- Competency in basic statistics (recommended)
- Previous professional or volunteer experience in a community health setting
- Eligible candidates will be invited for an interview at Jefferson.
For more information, contact the Widener Law Admissions Office at (302) 477-2162
(email@example.com), or contact the JSPH office at (215) 503-0174.