Law and Public Health, JD/MPH

Northeastern University’s School of Law and Bouvé College of Health Sciences offer a dual-degree JD/MPH in urban health. Given the worldwide trend toward urbanization, the Master of Public Health (MPH) recognizes the growing need for professionals trained to respond to unique public health challenges and opportunities facing urban populations. The MPH program brings together interdisciplinary faculty (from the School of Law, DʼAmore-McKim School of Business, College of Social Sciences and Humanities, Khoury College of Computer Sciences, and the Bouvé College of Health Sciences) with expertise in collaborating with diverse urban populations to offer students an opportunity to obtain practice-based knowledge, skills, and experience needed to address urban public health problems.

See JD/MPH program page for more information.  

Complete all courses and requirements listed below unless otherwise indicated.

Core Requirements

A grade of B– or higher is required in each required course.

Required Core
PHTH 5120Race, Ethnicity, and Health in the United States3
PHTH 5202Introduction to Epidemiology3
PHTH 5210Biostatistics in Public Health3
PHTH 5212Public Health Administration and Policy3
PHTH 5214Environmental Health3
PHTH 5540Health Education and Program Planning3
PHTH 6200Principles and History of Urban Health3
PHTH 6204Society, Behavior, and Health3
PHTH 6208Urban Community Health Assessment3
PHTH 6966Practicum3
PHTH 6910Public Health Capstone3


Complete 9 semester hours from the following. In consultation with your faculty advisor, you may complete electives from another discipline:9
Administrative Law
Environmental Law
Health Law
Prisoners' Rights Clinic
Poverty Law and Practice Clinic
Domestic Violence Clinic
State Local Government
Non-Profit Organizations
Disability Law
International Human Rights and the Global Economy
Bioethics and the Law
Problems in Public Health Law
Natural Resources Law
Law and Economic Development
Public Health Legal Clinic
Juvenile Courts: Delinquency, Abuse, Neglect
Refugee and Asylum Law
Private Litigation in the Public Interest
Elder Law
Reproductive and Sexual Rights and Health
Current Issues in Health Law and Policy
Drug Law and Policy
Economic Perspectives on Health Policy

Program Credit/GPA Requirements

42 total semester hours required for MPH. Please contact the School of Law for JD requirements.
Minimum 3.000 GPA required

Year 1
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer Full SemesterHours
First-year law coursesFirst-year law coursesLaw co-op
 0 0 0
Year 2
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer Full SemesterHours
PHTH 52023PHTH 51203PHTH 55403
PHTH 52103PHTH 52123LAW 74433
PHTH 62003PHTH 52143 
PHTH 62043PHTH 62083 
 12 12 6
Year 3
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer Full SemesterHours
PHTH 69663Law school coursesLaw school courses
Law co-opLaw co-op 
 3 0 0
Year 4
PHTH 69103February bar exam 
 3 0 
Total Hours: 36