JD/MHSA (Health Services Administration)


The Juris Doctor/Master of Health Services Administration dual degree program combines into four years of full-time study the Juris Doctor (J.D.) program offered by the School of Law and the Master of Health Services Administration (MHSA) program offered by the Department of Population Health in the School of Medicine. The JD/MHSA is designed to provide students with a thorough academic grounding in health law and health services management.

The complexity of current national debates on health care suggests that an important relationship exists between health administration and the law. It is therefore not surprising to find individuals with law degrees holding managerial and executive positions in health care organizations or an increasing number of attorneys specializing in health care law. Lawyers who counsel health care executives must have a broad knowledge of the health care field to serve their clients well.

Career opportunities for individuals with training in the law and health administration are available in a variety of settings including law firms, health services delivery organizations, insurance and managed care organizations, and government.

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JD/MHSA Program Information

Learn more about admission requirements, degree requirements and the typical program format for the JD/MHSA joint degree program using the tabs below.

Admission Requirements

To be admitted to the dual JD/MHSA Program, an applicant must hold an earned baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university, and be admitted by both the School of Law and the MHSA Program no later than the end of the first year of study in either program. Prior academic achievement should indicate a high likelihood that an applicant has the capacity to complete the curricula in law and health services administration. Full-time study is required for the dual JD/MHSA Program.

The Law School Admission Test (LSAT) is the only standardized test required for an applicant to the joint degree program. An applicant or student who is interested in entering the dual degree program should discuss his or her plans with the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in the School of Law and the MHSA Program Student Services Manager in the Department of Health Policy and Management as early as possible. No student may enter the dual degree program after completing more than the equivalent of two semesters of full-time enrollment in either the JD or MHSA curriculum.

Degree Requirements

To receive the JD/MHSA, a student must successfully complete a minimum of 123 credit hours. Of these, at least 80 credit hours must be from courses offered by the School of Law and 43 must be from the MHSA Program.

Students in the dual degree program should note that while the School of Law requires a 2.0 grade point average in JD coursework to remain in good standing and for graduation, the MHSA Program follows the Graduate School regulation requiring a 3.0 cumulative grade point average for coursework that is counted toward the MHSA portion of the dual degree.

In planning their enrollments, students should inform themselves of course prerequisites and plan their course schedules accordingly.

Students must complete both the JD requirements and the MHSA requirements in order to earn the dual degree. Diplomas will be awarded concurrently by each school following the completion of requirements for the dual degree program. Failure to successfully complete the JD portion of the dual degree will require the student to take all MHSA coursework (13 credits) that was waived as a result of admission to the dual degree program in order for an MHSA to be granted. Similarly, failure to successfully complete the MHSA portion of the dual degree will require the student to take all JD coursework (10 additional credits) that was waived as a result of admission to the dual degree program in order for a JD to be granted.

J.D. Requirements

The following law courses are required for all J.D. candidates. 

Law courses required for all J.D. Candidates
CourseCredit hours
First-Year Courses
LAW 804 Civil Procedure4
LAW 806 Introduction to Constitutional Law4
LAW 809 Contracts4
LAW 814 Criminal Law4
LAW 820 Lawyering Skills I2
LAW 821 Lawyering Skills II3
LAW 826 Property4
LAW 831 Torts I4
Upper-Level Courses
LAW 972 Professional Responsibility must be completed by the time a student finishes 60 hours.2
3 courses from among the following:
LAW 892 Business Organizations4
LAW 881 Conflict of Laws3
LAW 837 Contracts II/UCC Sales3
LAW 878 Criminal Procedure3
LAW 908 Evidence3
LAW 909 Family Law3
LAW 845 Jurisdiction3
LAW 873 Commercial Law: Secured Transactions3
LAW 996 Trusts and Estates4
In addition to all the JD/MHSA program course requirements, students must satisfy the law school's Upper-Level Writing Intensive Course Requirements and the Experiential Course Requirements.
Students must complete all required first-year courses (29 credit hours) during their first year of law school enrollment. 

JD/MHSA Dual Degree Requirements

In addition to the 40-42 credit hours of coursework (described above) required of all law students, students in the dual JD/MHSA program must complete the following coursework:

Law courses required for all JD/MHSA dual degree candidates
CourseCredit hours
Courses required of JD/MHSA candidates
LAW 850 Administrative Law3
LAW 847 Healthcare Regulation2
OR
LAW 920 Health Law and Policy3
2 of the following 3 courses
LAW 903 Employment Discrimination Law3
LAW 925 Employment Law3
LAW 939 Labor Law4
2 of the following courses
LAW 860 Alternative Dispute Resolution3
LAW 901 Elder Law Field Placement Program3
LAW 931 Introduction to Elder Law2
LAW 955 Legislative Simulation and Study3
LAW 976 Public Policy Practicum3

All courses must be taken as Law School courses from Law School faculty, except that on a showing of extreme hardship the Law School Academic Committee may grant a waiver of this requirement. The Academic Committee shall also have the authority to make changes or substitutions to this list upon showing of changed circumstances, such as changes in the fundamental nature of a course or the discontinuance of a course.

Students choose other Law School courses to complete the remaining hours necessary to reach the 80 hours of law school credit needed for the dual degree.

MHSA Requirements

Students entering the MHSA program must have completed a 3-credit hour course in statistics, with a grade of B or better prior to matriculation. This coursework must be completed in an accredited college or university. Applicants should consult the Student Services Manager to determine if the coursework they have taken or plan to take fulfills these requirements.

The MHSA portion of the dual degree totals 43 credit hours of coursework.

The following table outlines MHSA courses required for this dual degree program.

MHSA course requirements
CourseCredit hours
All of these courses are required
HP&M 810 The Healthcare System3
HP&M 819 Research for Health Care Leaders3
HP&M 822 Healthcare Economics3
HP&M 825 Financial Concepts in Health Management3
HP&M 830 Health Care Management3
HP&M 846 Health Information Technology Management3
HP&M 850 Introduction to Operations3
HP&M 858 Organizational Behavior in Healthcare3
HP&M 860 Internship1
HP&M 861 Capstone Seminar2
Total credits: 27
Group Two Options (16 credit hours)
HP&M 827 Financial Applications in Health Management3
HP&M 832 Governance and Health Law2
HP&M 833 Ethics2
HP&M 837 Health Policy3
HP&M 840 Organizational Foundations for Leading Change3
HP&M 848 Designing Healthcare Organizations2
HP&M 852 Strategic Marketing2
HP&M 853 Strategic Management2
HP&M 854 Human Resources & Workforce Development3
BIOS 704 Principles of Statistics in Public Health3
HP&M Elective3

Waivers, substitutions, and all other degree requirements are governed by department and Graduate School policies. Students should consult the Student Services Manager if they have questions about MHSA degree requirements.

Typical Program Format

The following scheduling of MHSA courses is recommended for years two, three, and four in the JD/MHSA Program, with year one devoted to law school coursework.

MHSA course format
CourseCredit hours
Year Two
Fall Two
HP&M 810 The Healthcare System3
HP&M 858 Health & Social Behavior3
Group II Coursevaries
Spring Two
HP&M 822 Healthcare Economics3
HP&M 850 Introduction to Operations3
Group II Coursevaries
Year Three (13 MHSA credits)
Fall Three
HP&M 825 Financial Concepts in Health Management3
Group II Coursevaries
Spring Three
HP&M 846 Managing Information Systems & Technology3
Group II Coursevaries
Summer Three
HP&M 860 Internship1
Optional: Group II Course (HP&M 852) 
Year Four (13 MHSA credits)
Fall Four
HP&M 819 Research for Health Care Leaders3
HP&M Health Care Management3
Spring Four
HP&M 861 Capstone Seminar2
Group II Coursevaries

Students must conclude their dual degree program enrolled in courses offered in the law school. In all cases, students must receive their dual degrees concurrently. The following table outlines the typical program format.

Typical program format
 Law SchoolHP&MTotal
First Year29029
Second Year171734
Third Year171330
Fourth Year171330
Total Credit Earned8043123

Admission Requirements

To be admitted to the dual JD/MHSA Program, an applicant must hold an earned baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university, and be admitted by both the School of Law and the MHSA Program no later than the end of the first year of study in either program. Prior academic achievement should indicate a high likelihood that an applicant has the capacity to complete the curricula in law and health services administration. Full-time study is required for the dual JD/MHSA Program.

The Law School Admission Test (LSAT) is the only standardized test required for an applicant to the joint degree program. An applicant or student who is interested in entering the dual degree program should discuss his or her plans with the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in the School of Law and the MHSA Program Student Services Manager in the Department of Health Policy and Management as early as possible. No student may enter the dual degree program after completing more than the equivalent of two semesters of full-time enrollment in either the JD or MHSA curriculum.

Degree Requirements

To receive the JD/MHSA, a student must successfully complete a minimum of 123 credit hours. Of these, at least 80 credit hours must be from courses offered by the School of Law and 43 must be from the MHSA Program.

Students in the dual degree program should note that while the School of Law requires a 2.0 grade point average in JD coursework to remain in good standing and for graduation, the MHSA Program follows the Graduate School regulation requiring a 3.0 cumulative grade point average for coursework that is counted toward the MHSA portion of the dual degree.

In planning their enrollments, students should inform themselves of course prerequisites and plan their course schedules accordingly.

Students must complete both the JD requirements and the MHSA requirements in order to earn the dual degree. Diplomas will be awarded concurrently by each school following the completion of requirements for the dual degree program. Failure to successfully complete the JD portion of the dual degree will require the student to take all MHSA coursework (13 credits) that was waived as a result of admission to the dual degree program in order for an MHSA to be granted. Similarly, failure to successfully complete the MHSA portion of the dual degree will require the student to take all JD coursework (10 additional credits) that was waived as a result of admission to the dual degree program in order for a JD to be granted.

J.D. Requirements

The following law courses are required for all J.D. candidates. 

Law courses required for all J.D. Candidates
CourseCredit hours
First-Year Courses
LAW 804 Civil Procedure4
LAW 806 Introduction to Constitutional Law4
LAW 809 Contracts4
LAW 814 Criminal Law4
LAW 820 Lawyering Skills I2
LAW 821 Lawyering Skills II3
LAW 826 Property4
LAW 831 Torts I4
Upper-Level Courses
LAW 972 Professional Responsibility must be completed by the time a student finishes 60 hours.2
3 courses from among the following:
LAW 892 Business Organizations4
LAW 881 Conflict of Laws3
LAW 837 Contracts II/UCC Sales3
LAW 878 Criminal Procedure3
LAW 908 Evidence3
LAW 909 Family Law3
LAW 845 Jurisdiction3
LAW 873 Commercial Law: Secured Transactions3
LAW 996 Trusts and Estates4
In addition to all the JD/MHSA program course requirements, students must satisfy the law school's Upper-Level Writing Intensive Course Requirements and the Experiential Course Requirements.
Students must complete all required first-year courses (29 credit hours) during their first year of law school enrollment. 

JD/MHSA Dual Degree Requirements

In addition to the 40-42 credit hours of coursework (described above) required of all law students, students in the dual JD/MHSA program must complete the following coursework:

Law courses required for all JD/MHSA dual degree candidates
CourseCredit hours
Courses required of JD/MHSA candidates
LAW 850 Administrative Law3
LAW 847 Healthcare Regulation2
OR
LAW 920 Health Law and Policy3
2 of the following 3 courses
LAW 903 Employment Discrimination Law3
LAW 925 Employment Law3
LAW 939 Labor Law4
2 of the following courses
LAW 860 Alternative Dispute Resolution3
LAW 901 Elder Law Field Placement Program3
LAW 931 Introduction to Elder Law2
LAW 955 Legislative Simulation and Study3
LAW 976 Public Policy Practicum3

All courses must be taken as Law School courses from Law School faculty, except that on a showing of extreme hardship the Law School Academic Committee may grant a waiver of this requirement. The Academic Committee shall also have the authority to make changes or substitutions to this list upon showing of changed circumstances, such as changes in the fundamental nature of a course or the discontinuance of a course.

Students choose other Law School courses to complete the remaining hours necessary to reach the 80 hours of law school credit needed for the dual degree.

MHSA Requirements

Students entering the MHSA program must have completed a 3-credit hour course in statistics, with a grade of B or better prior to matriculation. This coursework must be completed in an accredited college or university. Applicants should consult the Student Services Manager to determine if the coursework they have taken or plan to take fulfills these requirements.

The MHSA portion of the dual degree totals 43 credit hours of coursework.

The following table outlines MHSA courses required for this dual degree program.

MHSA course requirements
CourseCredit hours
All of these courses are required
HP&M 810 The Healthcare System3
HP&M 819 Research for Health Care Leaders3
HP&M 822 Healthcare Economics3
HP&M 825 Financial Concepts in Health Management3
HP&M 830 Health Care Management3
HP&M 846 Health Information Technology Management3
HP&M 850 Introduction to Operations3
HP&M 858 Organizational Behavior in Healthcare3
HP&M 860 Internship1
HP&M 861 Capstone Seminar2
Total credits: 27
Group Two Options (16 credit hours)
HP&M 827 Financial Applications in Health Management3
HP&M 832 Governance and Health Law2
HP&M 833 Ethics2
HP&M 837 Health Policy3
HP&M 840 Organizational Foundations for Leading Change3
HP&M 848 Designing Healthcare Organizations2
HP&M 852 Strategic Marketing2
HP&M 853 Strategic Management2
HP&M 854 Human Resources & Workforce Development3
BIOS 704 Principles of Statistics in Public Health3
HP&M Elective3

Waivers, substitutions, and all other degree requirements are governed by department and Graduate School policies. Students should consult the Student Services Manager if they have questions about MHSA degree requirements.

Typical Program Format

The following scheduling of MHSA courses is recommended for years two, three, and four in the JD/MHSA Program, with year one devoted to law school coursework.

MHSA course format
CourseCredit hours
Year Two
Fall Two
HP&M 810 The Healthcare System3
HP&M 858 Health & Social Behavior3
Group II Coursevaries
Spring Two
HP&M 822 Healthcare Economics3
HP&M 850 Introduction to Operations3
Group II Coursevaries
Year Three (13 MHSA credits)
Fall Three
HP&M 825 Financial Concepts in Health Management3
Group II Coursevaries
Spring Three
HP&M 846 Managing Information Systems & Technology3
Group II Coursevaries
Summer Three
HP&M 860 Internship1
Optional: Group II Course (HP&M 852) 
Year Four (13 MHSA credits)
Fall Four
HP&M 819 Research for Health Care Leaders3
HP&M Health Care Management3
Spring Four
HP&M 861 Capstone Seminar2
Group II Coursevaries

Students must conclude their dual degree program enrolled in courses offered in the law school. In all cases, students must receive their dual degrees concurrently. The following table outlines the typical program format.

Typical program format
 Law SchoolHP&MTotal
First Year29029
Second Year171734
Third Year171330
Fourth Year171330
Total Credit Earned8043123