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Admissions Requirements

All applicants to the dual degree programs must apply and be accepted into each program separately.  Applicants are evaluated by each degree program in separate admissions processes.  The College of Public Health application requirements include the following:

  • Completion of the SOPHAS Express Public Health application and submission of the application fee.
  • Official transcripts reflecting an earned bachelor’s degree, with a 3.0 or higher grade point average for the last 60 undergraduate or the last 18 graduate/post-baccalaureate credit hours completed.
  • Official LSAT scores taken within the last five years.
  • Three letters of recommendation from academic or professional references (letters must be on professional/institutional letterhead and signed).
  • A one page personal statement describing the applicant’s:
    • Interest in and potential for contributing to the field of public health
    • Career objectives
    • Self-assessment of computer, quantitative analysis, and personal skills and general preparation for succeeding in a public health graduate program
  • A resume reflecting one or more years of work/volunteer history related to health and/or human services.
  • A one-page personal statement.


*All MPH concentrations are eligible for this dual degree program.

A student in the dual degree program must successfully complete the first-year curriculum at the College of Law (COL) beginning in the fall semester of the academic year for which the student is admitted before taking any public health courses.  The student may then take both law and public health courses in a sequence that meets the approval of the COL and the COPH.

The degree programs as they stand alone total 138 credit hours (JD=93, MPH=45).  The JD/MPH is a 123 credit hour program that allows students to share 15 credit hours between the two programs to meet the academic requirements of each individual program.