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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 (JD) Program offered by the School of Law and the Master of Health Services Administration (MHSA) Program offered by the Department of Health Policy and Management in the School of Medicine. The JD/MHSA is designed to offer students who plan to practice health law or health services management a thorough academic grounding in both disciplines.

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.

If you are a prospective law student, contact the KU Law Office of Admissions, 785-864-4378, admitlaw@ku.edu; or Deborah Lewis, health services administration, 913-588-3763, dlewis4@kumc.edu.

If you are a current KU student, contact Assistant Dean Leah Terranova, law school, 785-864-4357, leaht@ku.edu; or Deborah Lewis, health services administration, 913-588-3763, dlewis4@kumc.edu.

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.

J.D. Requirements

All candidates for the J.D. must complete the following required courses:

First Year
Course Credit hours
Law 804 Civil Procedure 4
Law 806 Intro. to Constitutional Law 4
Law 809 Contracts 4
Law 814 Criminal Law 4
Law 820 Lawyering Skills I 2
Law 821 Lawyering Skills II 3
Law 826 Property 4
Law 831 Torts I 4
Upper Class
3 courses from among the following:
Law 865 Business Associations I 3
Law 892 Business Organizations 4
Law 881 Conflict of Laws 3
Law 878 Criminal Procedure 3
Law 909 Family Law 3
Law 845 Jurisdiction 3
Law 837 Contracts II/ UCC Sales 3
Law 873 Commercial Law: Secured Transactions 3
Law 996 Trusts and Estates 4
Law 908 Evidence 3
Law 972 Professional Responsibility 2

Students must complete all required first-year courses (29 credit hours) during their first year of law school enrollment. In addition to these course requirements, the School of Law has upper-level writing-intensive course requirements, an experiential requirement, a residence requirement, a minimum grade point average requirement, and a time limit for completion of the degree. Please refer to the current School of Law Catalog for details.

In addition to the 43 credit hours of coursework (described above) required of all law students, students in the dual JD/MHSA program must complete the following coursework:

Courses required of JD/MHSA candidates
Course Credit hours
LAW 850 Administrative Law 3
LAW 920 Health Law and Policy 3
Law 919 Healthcare Financing and Regulation 3
2 of the following 3 courses
LAW 903 Employment Discrimination Law 3
LAW 925 Employment Law 3
LAW 939 Labor Law 4
2 of the following courses
LAW 860 Alternative Dispute Resolution 3
LAW 921 Food and Drug Law 3
LAW 901 Elder Law Field Placement Program 3
LAW 931 Introduction to Elder Law 2
LAW 926 Insurance 3
LAW 955 Legislative Simulation and Study 3
LAW 976 Public Policy Practicum 3

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.

All of these courses
Course Credit hours
HP&M 810 The Healthcare System 3
HP&M 819 Research for Health Care Leaders 3
HP&M 822 Healthcare Economics 3
HP&M 825 Financial Concepts in Health Management 3
HP&M 830 Health Care Management 3
HP&M 846 Health Information Technology Management 3
HP&M 850 Introduction to Operations 3
HP&M 858 Health and Social Behavior 3
HP&M 860 Internship 1
HP&M 861 Capstone Seminar 2
27 credit hours
Group Two Options (16 credit hours):  
HP&M 827 Financial Applications in Health Management 3
HP&M 832 Governance and Health Law 2
HP&M 833 Ethics 2
HP&M 837 Health Policy 3
HP&M 840 Organizational Foundations for Leading Change or HP&M 830 3
HP&M 848 Designing Healthcare Organizations 2
HP&M 852 Strategic Marketing 2
HP&M 853 Strategic Management 2
HP&M 854 Human Resources & Workforce Development 3
BIOS 704 Principles of Statistics in Public Health 3
HP&M Elective 3

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.

Fall Two
Course Credit hours
HP&M 810 The Healthcare System 3
HP&M 858 Health & Social Behavior 3
Group II Course  
Spring Two
HP&M 822 Healthcare Economics 3
HP&M 850 Introduction to Operations 3
Group II Course  
Fall Three
HP&M 825 Financial Concepts in Health Management 3
Group II Course  
Spring Three
HP&M 846 Managing Information Systems & Technology 3
Group II Course
Summer Three
HP&M 860 Internship 1
Optional: Group II Course (HP&M 852)  
Fall Four
HP&M 819 Research for Health Care Leaders 3
Group II Course 2
Spring Four
HP&M Health Care Management 3
HP&M 861 Capstone Seminar 2
Group II Course  
Typical Program Format Law School HP&M Total
First Year 29 0 29
Second Year 17 17 34
Third Year 17 13 30
Fourth Year 17 13 30
Total Credit Earned 80 43 123

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.

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Bryanna Hanschu, Director of Recruiting
Mallory Baker, Admissions Coordinator

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