Penn State Law and the College of Medicine offer a joint degree leading to a Juris Doctor (J.D.) and a Master of Public Health (M.P.H.).
Students must complete the following Penn State applications, along with any other requirements in the college-specific admissions requirements section above.
International applicants for the joint degree who do not qualify for the English exemption will also need to provide a satisfactory TOEFL or IELTS score. All joint degree applicants will be required to achieve a minimum TOEFL score of 575 on the paper test, 230 on the computer-based test or 88 on the internet-based test (with a minimum speaking score of 20); a minimum of 6.5 on the IELTS will also be acceptable.
The Associate Director of the College of Medicine M.P.H. program and the Penn State Law Director of Joint Degree Programs are designated program advisors and liaisons between the programs. Students will need to work with these designated program advisors and their individual faculty advisors from both programs to build an individual program.
Inter-Program Transfer of Credits
All students in the J.D./M.P.H. program will have two academic advisers, one in the M.P.H. degree program and one in the J.D. program. The M.P.H. adviser will be a faculty member from the Department of Public Health Sciences at the Penn State College of Medicine in Hershey, PA, who is a member of the Graduate Faculty. The J.D. advisor will be a faculty member from Penn State Law whose teaching and research focus on the area of health law.
Fulfillment of Degree Requirements and Graduation
A student in the program may complete the requirements for one of the degrees and be awarded that degree prior to completing all the requirements for the other degree; provided, however, that the student has successfully completed at least two semesters of work towards the other degree. All courses in one program that will count towards meeting the requirements of the other must be completed before the awarding of either degree. Students will be required to fulfill all requirements for each degree in order to be awarded that degree, subject to the inter-program transfer of credits.
Students will be charged the applicable Penn State Law tuition to cover the J.D. program and the applicable graduate tuition to cover the M.P.H. degree program. Penn State Law tuition will be paid for the semesters in which the student is registered for Penn State Law courses, and graduate tuition will be paid for the semesters in which the student is registered for graduate courses in the M.P.H. program. A student may take up to one course (3 credit hours) per semester in the program where the student is not primarily registered without any change in tuition, but must pay additional tuition to the program that the student is not primarily registered if he or she wishes to take additional course work pursuant to that program during the semester. Questions regarding tuition should be directed to the law school Bursar.
Financial Aid and Assistantships
Decisions on financial aid and assistantships will be made by each school according to that school’s procedures. Students on graduate assistantships must adhere to the course load policy listed in the Bulletin. Find Information on Graduate Assistantships online. Questions regarding financial aid should be directed to the law school Financial Aid Director.