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MPH/JD Dual Degree Program

The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health offers a dual degree program in law and public health which prepares students in the overlapping fields of law, public health, and policy. Eligible candidates must apply and be accepted into the full-time MPH program at the Bloomberg School of Public Health. They must also separately apply and be accepted into the full-time program at Georgetown University Law Center—our original partner—or into another accredited U.S. or Canadian law school for the Juris Doctor degree. Students in the MPH/JD program will earn a Juris Doctor degree from their accredited law school and a Master of Public Health degree from Johns Hopkins.

This dual degree program is offered in a full-time format only and takes a total of four years to complete. Students will complete one or two years of the JD degree program at an accredited U.S. or Canadian law school, equivalent to a minimum of two full-time semesters. In July, students begin the 11-month MPH program. Upon completion of their MPH studies, they will return to their law school to complete the remaining year(s) of their JD program.

To be eligible for the MPH/JD dual degree program, the applicant must provide approval from the student’s law school to take a one-year leave of absence to attend Johns Hopkins. MPH/JD applicants need not have fulfilled the standard MPH requirement of either an advanced degree or two years of health-related work experience at the time of admission to Johns Hopkins. All other MPH admission prerequisites, such as college-level math and biological science coursework, must be completed. The MPH degree is awarded upon the student’s successful completion of the JD degree.

See our list of frequently asked questions regarding the MPH/JD dual degree program.

For further information about the program, please contact:
Jon Vernick, Co-Director, MPH/JD Program, 410-955-7982,
Lainie Rutkow, Co-Director, MPH/JD Program, 410-614-6404,

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