JD-Master of Public Health


Graduates will be able to ...

  • Discuss the policy process for improving the health status of populations.
  • Apply principles of strategic planning and organizational development to public health agencies.
  • Demonstrate communication and leadership skills required for building community and organizational capacity.
  • Apply the principles of budgeting, management and performance evaluation in organizational and community initiatives.
  • Understand the overarching policy arguments that influence the provision of health care, its financing, and the regulation of health care actors.
  • Build upon an existing base of legal knowledge (e.g., contract law, torts, and administrative law) and skills (writing and analysis) to succeed in a health law career.
  • Comprehend the complex relationships among health care stakeholders and the legal, ethical, and political constraints that apply to those relationships.
  • Understand the complex interaction of federal and state (statutory, regulatory and case-based) laws that defines health law.
  • Appreciate that health law is a rapidly changing area of law and requires considerable effort to remain current and advise shifting sets of stakeholders.


Graduates can apply for positions as a:

  • Health care compliance attorney
  • Assistant chief counsel for litigation
  • Board of Health, commissioner
  • County, city, or state health official
  • Private practice attorney


Law students who are interested in pursuing the joint MPH-JD degree must apply and be admitted to the Fairbanks School of Public Health through the dual degree application supplement.

Students in the MPH-JD program may be considered for scholarships through the Health Law Center to offset some of the expenses of coursework. You are encouraged to apply to the MPH program during your first year of law school.

See the MPH-JD admissions criteria

Juris Doctor curriculum

JD/MPH students pursuing the JD program should contact Julie Davis at jd1@iu.edu for advising.