10.7.14 — Northeastern University’s School of Law and Bouvé College of Health Sciences have launched an innovative dual-degree JD/MPH in Urban Health to meet the growing need for professionals trained to respond to unique public health challenges and opportunities facing urban populations. These include racial and ethnic health disparities, illnesses associated with the built environment, substance abuse and community violence.  

The School of Law, which partnered with Tufts University School of Medicine to offer one of the nation’s first JD/MPH programs, is now adding the more focused JD/MPH in Urban Health to respond to student interest in acquiring specific expertise in navigating the unique public health challenges and opportunities of urban environments.

“The complexity of solving urban health challenges calls for a new breed of lawyer/public health expert, and we are thrilled to be at the forefront of training those who are committed to this critical field,” said Professor Wendy Parmet, director of the new program and a member of the law school’s faculty.

The MPH Program in Urban Health 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 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. All law students must complete four co-ops in different legal settings to graduate; students in the JD/MPH in Urban Health program will 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.

“Our faculty and students in the MPH Program in Urban Health are committed to working collaboratively to achieve greater health equity locally, nationally and internationally,” said Shan Mohammed MD, MPH, director of the MPH Program in Urban Health in the Bouvé College of Health Sciences. “This dual-degree program is an exciting opportunity for law students to develop additional skills to help reduce health disparities among at-risk urban families and communities.” 

The School of Law will continue to offer the JD/MPH with Tufts University and is also expanding its research and hands-on initiatives through the Program on Health Policy and Law.