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Master of Public Health / Juris Doctor

Public Health / Juris Doctor Albany Law School

Program of Study

Complete your first year at Albany Law School, followed by coursework at both Albany Law and the University at Albany.

You’ll follow the MPH program of study, but up to 9 credits of Albany Law School courses from an approved list and up to 3 professional development course credits can count towards this degree (a total of 12 credits). In addition, you may transfer up to 12 UAlbany credits from an approved list to count towards your JD and cross-register for up to 6 internship credits. 

For more information about the MPH/JD program, contact Mary Gallant, the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the School of Public Health, at

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Career Paths

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
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Admission Requirements

MPH/JD Degree Application

Applicants to the MPH/JD program must apply to each respective school individually. Please contact Albany Law School to obtain information about their requirements. Admissions requirements for UAlbany:

  • Bachelor's degree from a college or university of recognized standing, with a minimum 3.0 GPA
  • One semester of social sciences
  • College level calculus I
  • One year of biology and one year of chemistry
  • Personal statement describing educational and professional goals, explaining why you wish to pursue a career in public health
  • Three letters of recommendation; at least two must be from academic faculty familiar with your academic qualifications.
  • Resume
  • Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended. International students must submit a transcript evaluation from World Education Services (WES)
  • Minimum TOEFL score of 98 or IELTS score of 7.0 for international students. The TOEFL or IELTS is not required for international students who have completed at least two semesters of full-time study in a U.S. college or English-speaking institution.
Student Learning Objectives

Learning objectives that UAlbany students are expected to attain through their course of study within their academic program.

MPH Foundational Competencies
  • 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