JD/MPH Combined Degree Program
Public health law, as a discipline, is a rapidly growing field of education, research, and practice. The JD/MPH combined degree program provides students with theoretical and practical understanding of how public health and law intersect to protect and advance the public’s health. Graduates of this program are able to use the science of public health to research and identify public health issues and use law to develop policies and regulations that secure long term, sustainable public health solutions. This program prepares students with a multidisciplinary perspective for work in government and policy, executive administrations of healthcare organizations, and practice law in private firms and public agencies.
The JD/MPH degree program exists because of a partnership between the UALR William H. Bowen School of Law (BSL) and the UAMS Fay W. Boozman College of Public Health (COPH) and offers an accelerated, coordinated course of study. Several courses at each school satisfy requirements for both degree programs; as a result, the combined degree program saves a student time and money. Students are able to earn both degrees within four years rather than the standard five years when the degrees are pursued independently.
Completion of all JD/MPH course requirements, including the two final projects (preceptorship and culminating experience), ensures that graduates have attained the MPH core competencies and the JD/MPH competencies:
MPH Core Program Competencies
JD MPH Combined Program Competencies
Application for admission to the JD/MPH program must be made separately to the JD program and the MPH program. Applicants must file a Declaration of Intent to Pursue Combined Degrees form – PDF (23 KB) with both colleges.
Biology Competency Requirement: Students are required to pass all 3 exams or successfully complete the courses prior to or within the first semester of coursework. Courses do NOT count toward the minimum 42 credit hours for the MPH degree. View more information on Public Health Biology Competency exam.
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Kristy Caldwell, MPH
Office of Student Services
4301 West Markham, Mail Slot #820
Little Rock, AR 72205