Given the worldwide trend toward urbanization the Master of Public Health Program in Urban Health recognizes the growing need for professionals trained to respond to unique public health challenges and opportunities facing urban populations. The MPH program brings together interdisciplinary faculty (from the School of Law, School of Business, College of Social Sciences and the Humanities, College of Computer and Information Science and the Bouvé College of Health Sciences) with expertise in collaborating with diverse urban populations to provide students with practice-based knowledge, skills and experience needed to address urban public health problems. 

Northeastern offers the nation’s premier Cooperative Legal Education Program. Students in the JD/MPH in Urban Health program are required to satisfy the law school's co-op requirements and must complete at least one co-op related to urban public health. Students in the dual-degree program also have an opportunity to earn a concentration in Health Policy and Law.

Examples of JD Courses in the Program

  • Administrative Law  
  • Bioethics and Law
  • Disability Law
  • Law and Development
  • Employment Law: Safety and Health
  • Domestic Violence Clinic
  • Health Law
  • Health Care Fraud and Abuse
  • Human Rights in the Global Economy
  • International Health Law
  • Juvenile Courts: Delinquency, Abuse and Neglect
  • Nonprofit Organizations
  • Poverty Law & Practice Clinic
  • Problems in Public Health Law
  • Public Health Law Clinic
  • Private Litigation for Social Justice
  • Refugee and Asylum Law
  • Reproductive and Sexual Rights and Health
  • State and Local Government
  • Social Welfare Law

Examples of MPH in Urban Health Courses in the Program

  • Public Health Core Courses: Society, Behavior and Health; Public Health Administration and Policy; Environmental Health; Epidemiology; Biostatistics
  • Urban Health Core Courses: Principles and History of Urban Health; Urban Community Health Assessment; Race, Ethnicity and Health; Health Education and Program Planning
  • Evaluating Health Care Quality
  • Economic Perspectives on Health Policy
  • Health Advocacy
  • Strategic Management and Leadership in Health
  • Program Evaluation
  • Food, Food Policy and Health
  • Public Health Nutrition
  • Global Health
  • Advances in Measuring Health Behavior
  • Critical Appraisal of Research Literature
  • Community Based Participatory Research
  • Qualitative Methods in Health and Disease
  • Social Epidemiology

JD/MPH Capstone

In addition to satisfying all other degree requirements, all students in the JD/MPH program must complete an Urban Health Capstone Project. This project provides students with the opportunity to work on-site in a range of diverse public health practice settings reflective of their dual interests in law and urban public health. Students integrate their knowledge and skills in a major research, program planning, or policy development project. Students are supported in the design and implementation of the Capstone Project by a committee of public health faculty and content specific experts.


To be admitted to the dual-degree program, students must be admitted to both Northeastern University School of Law and Bouvé College of Health Sciences. Students should apply online to the School of Law through LSAC. The application for the MPH Program in Urban Health is available at: Apply Yourself (AY). The AY application fee and GRE requirements are waived for JD/MPH students. 

The JD/MPH in Urban Health program also accepts applications during a student’s first or second year of law school at Northeastern or from students transferring to Northeastern. Admission to the School of Law does not guarantee admission to the MPH Program in Urban Health. Both applications must be submitted by March 1 for those applying to the dual-degree program.

Additional information is available on the MPH Program in Urban Health website.