Solve Issues at the Intersection of Health Law and Public Health Policy
Make a significant impact on the health of communities and populations with a strong understanding of public health and the law through UAlbany's MPH/JD program. You’ll learn from experts who are at the forefront of public health research, providing you with the most up-to-date practices and developments.
At Albany Law School, you’ll focus on bioethics, lawyering skills, and policy development, ensuring a vast understanding of the issues confronting health-care lawyers today. You’ll complete the health law track at Albany Law School, and can choose from any concentration within the MPH program at the University at Albany.
This combined degree can be completed in 3.5 years, including summer coursework.
Program of Study
By completing the MPH/JD program, you’ll have extensive career opportunities in law, healthcare, and public health. You’ll be equipped to address public health problems through the lens of the law, providing valuable insight into how our legal system may help or hinder public health efforts.
Potential career paths include:
- Policy development
- Health care delivery law
- Counsel for public or private organizations (including hospitals)
- Analysis of public health programs
Learning objectives that UAlbany students are expected to attain through their course of study within their academic program.
- Apply epidemiologic methods to the breadth of settings and situations in public health practice
- Select quantitative and qualitative data collection methods appropriate for a given public health context
- Analyze quantitative and qualitative data using biostatistics, informatics, computer-based programming and software, as appropriate
- Interpret results of data analysis for public health research, policy or practice Public Health & Healthcare Systems
- Compare the organization, structure and function of health care, public health and regulatory systems across national and international settings
- Discuss the means by which structural bias, social inequities, and racism undermine health and create challenges to achieving health equity at organizational, community and societal levels Planning and Management to Promote Health
- Assess population needs, assets and capacities that affect communities’ health
- Apply awareness of cultural values and practices to the design or implementation of public health policies or programs
- Design a population-based policy, program, project or intervention
- Explain basic principles and tools of budget and resource management
- Select methods to evaluate public health programs Policy in Public Health
- Discuss multiple dimensions of the policy making process, including roles of ethics and evidence
- Propose strategies to identify stakeholder and build coalitions and partnerships for influencing public health outcomes
- Advocate for political, social or economic policies and programs that will improve health for diverse populations
- Evaluate policies for their impact on public health and health equity Leadership
- Apply principles of leadership, governance and management, which include creating a vision, empowering others, fostering collaboration and guiding decision making
- Apply negotiation and mediation skills to address organizational or community challenges Communication
- Select communication strategies for different audiences and sectors
- Communicate audience-appropriate public health content, both in writing and through oral presentation
- Describe the importance of cultural competence in communicating public health content Inter-professional Practice
- Perform effectively on inter-professional teams Systems Thinking
- Apply systems thinking tools to a public health issue