JD/MPH - U of H Law School

Students interested in health law and policy may study concurrently for a Master of Public Health degree from the UTHealth School of Public Health and a Doctor of Jurisprudence from The University of Houston Law Center.

When possible and appropriate, the student's coursework at the two institutions is coordinated to provide a curriculum that integrates law with public health sciences. Students admitted to both institutions may transfer credits between institutions for appropriate coursework. However, prior approval is required, and the procedures of the institution receiving the academic credits must be followed. Typically, a student in the dual degree program develops a culminating experience (CE) dealing with a legal issue affecting the public’s health. The CE should demonstrate the student’s mastery of the analytical methods used in public health and how these methods assist with the development of public health policy.

The MPH Program – 45 Credits Total

  • Core Courses (18 credits)
  • Shared Credits from the University of Houston Law Center (Up to 12 credits)
  • Advanced Public Health Coursework (9 credits)
  • Integrative Learning Experience (3 credits)
  • Practicum (3 credits)

Students pursuing a dual degree opportunity are entered into the Customized MPH program at UTHealth School of Public Health. For more information on the Customized MPH program and to view a program planner, click here


Amanda Smithson, MA