JD/MPH with Boston College Law School

"Our graduates leave with a competitive edge as they start their careers—both knowledge of the law and a thorough understanding of the science that underpins public health principles. With this combination they can make their way through a variety of complex legal and health landscapes.”  Marcia Boumil, JD, LLM, MS, MA 

What would my course of study look like if I pursue a combined JD/MPH degree?
The dual degree through Tufts and Boston College Law School can be completed in three and a half years, rather than the average five years if the degrees were to be obtained separately. A carefully sequenced curriculum allows some law school courses to count for credit in both programs.

What are the career opportunities available with a JD/MPH?
Students graduating from the dual degree program take jobs in government, health care organizations, health care advocacy centers, private law practices, state departments of public health and a whole host of organizations which value their public health skills in additional to their legal training.

What courses will I need to take?
Students must complete all MPH core course requirements: one course each in the five core knowledge areas as well as one research methods course, one course on health care budgeting and management and the Applied Learning Experience. The ALE requires students to synthesize knowledge acquired in coursework and apply it to a public health project of their own design involving at least 160 hours of practicum work. The MPH is a generalist degree. 

What is the MPH tuition for the JD/MPH degree?
Students pay tuition for nine and one half MPH credits; three and one half of the credits needed to complete the program are taken at the law school. See the tuition table for current rates.

How do I apply?
Students may apply to the JD/MPH dual degree program at the same time they apply to BC School of Law. Students should apply online to BC through LSAC. The Tufts application can be found at here. Law school recommendations may be used to apply to the Tufts MPH program but a separate Tufts personal statement is required. Students applying to the JD/MPH dual degree program do not need to take the GRE. Both applications must be submitted by March 15th.

The JD/MPH dual degree program also accepts applications during a student’s first or second year of law school and from students transferring to the law school. Admission into either school does not guarantee admission into the other program.

How can I get more information?
For program information view the flyer or contact Marcia.Boumil@tufts.edu. For admissions information visit: JD/MPH Admissions.