JD/MPH with Northeastern School of Law

"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 Northeastern University School of Law can be completed in three and one-half years.  Usually, after finishing their first year of law school and summer legal co-op, students begin their MPH work.  (With permission, some students may opt to start at the end of their second year.)  In the fall of their second year students take an official leave from Northeastern and enroll in the Tufts MPH program, paying tuition to Tufts.  Of the 13 credits required for the MPH, nine and one half are taken at Tufts and three and one half are taken as approved courses at Northeastern. (One Tufts credit equals four Northeastern quarter credits).  During the summer following their year-in-residence, students complete their Applied Learning Experience (ALE) and usually return to Northeastern for six quarters of course work and remaining co-op requirements.  At the conclusion of the fall quarter of the fourth year, students are eligible to receive both degrees.

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.  Tufts and Northeastern have arranged a carefully sequenced curriculum for this program to allow selected courses to count for credit in both programs. The MPH in the program is a generalist degree. 

What are the MPH tuition costs 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 the current tuition and fee rates.

How do I apply?
  • Simultaneous application to Tufts and Northeastern:  Complete an online application to Tufts and a separate online application to Northeastern.  Upon acceptance at Northeastern, the law school will forward the necessary materials to Tufts to complete the MPH application.
  • Students applying while in law school:  After receiving approval from Northeastern, complete an online application to Tufts by March 15th.
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.