(JD/MPH) Coordinated Juris Doctor / Master of Public Health Program 2016-17

Catalog 2016-2017

Program Description

The department offers a coordinated Master of Public Health and Juris doctor degree program in cooperation with the Cumberland School of Law at Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama. The purpose of the program is to offer future attorneys exposure to the broad areas of public health.


Learning Objectives

  • Describe the economic, legal, organizational, and political underpinnings of the U.S. health system
  • Acquire a health care field concentration for individuals seeking a JD degree


Program Requirements

Students in this track must complete 45 credit hours. This includes the MPH Core, SOPH requirements, track requirements, electives and internship. A total of 90 credit hours of coursework are required for the coordinated JD/MPH. The coordinated JD/MPH degree can be completed in 2 academic years (including 2 summers) of full-time study. Normally, 42 credit hours are required for the MPH degree, however, because of the coordinated nature of the degree, 13 credit hours from the JD curriculum are credited to the MPH and 12 hours from the MPH curriculum are credited to the JD. Students may complete the MPH totally online, in class, or through a mix of online and in class experiences. Out-of-state online students pay the same tuition rate as Alabama residents.  Click on the link below for Curriculum Planning Sheet.


Program Admission Requirements

Students enrolled in this program must also be enrolled at the Cumberland School of Law. In order to be admitted to the coordinated programs, a student must have a GPA of 2.5 at the end of the first year of law school. Click here for additional UAB School of Public Health admissions information. Admission into the Cumberland School of Law does not automatically ensure acceptance into the UAB School of Public Health. A minimum law school GPA of 2.5 each semester and a minimum 3.0 GPA each semester in public health are required for students to continue in the coordinated program. This is a coordinated dual degree program and, as such, graduation from one program is contingent upon completion of all requirements for graduation from the other program.