Public Health and Law

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Master of Public Health, Juris Doctor

About the Program

Understanding the law is key to protecting public health. With a dual Master of Public Health (MPH) and Juris Doctor (JD) from Case Western Reserve University, one of the top research universities in the U.S., you’ll be ready to make an impact in the healthcare field.

Offered jointly by the university’s School of Medicine and School of Law, our program can enhance your career prospects in health, medicine and law—preparing you to pursue positions as a lawyer specializing in healthcare delivery, insurance, biotechnology, human rights, general counsel in a public or private hospital, and more.

What to Expect

You can complete both your MPH and JD degrees in four years, beginning in the law school. You’ll work with clients as early as your first semester and learn transactional drafting, financial literacy, and statutory and regulatory analysis during the first year.

In addition to requirements for your JD, you’ll complete 27 credit hours of core MPH courses.

Concerned how you’ll navigate both degree programs? Don’t worry—you’ll have academic advisors from both schools who will ensure your success in the programs.


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A Place for Success

Cleveland is known for its wide array of job opportunities in addition to its culture, food, and low cost of living. And Case Western Reserve is situated in the heart of University Circle, one of the city’s most energetic and culturally robust communities. From our campus, you’re just a short walk to some of Cleveland and University Circle’s most outstanding destinations—Severance Hall, home of the world-renowned Cleveland Orchestra; Cleveland Museum of Art; Cleveland Botanical Garden; Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland; and Cleveland Museum of Natural History.

Plus, you're in the heart of Cleveland's healthcare hub, with top hospitals such as Cleveland Clinic, Louis Stokes VA Medical Center and University Hospitals within walking distance, and MetroHealth Medical Center just a short drive away.

By the Numbers


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Admission Requirements

You must apply separately to—and be admitted by—each program. Most students begin at the law school and apply for the MPH program in the spring of their first year. 

Each degree program will review applications separately and will make admission decisions separately. Timelines and due dates are different for each program. Please review each program's website for the correct date.

Admissions are rolling, and you may apply early or regular decision. You can choose to start in the spring or fall.

Typical applications include:


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