Professor Dolgin, Program Co-Director, 516-463-5873
Adjunct Associate Professor Chaudhry, Program Co-Director, 516-463-7001
The JD/MPH program is a joint degree program offered jointly by the Maurice A. Deane School of Law and the School of Health Professions and Human Services . As legal and policy changes increasingly become important tools to improve the health of the public, students in the JD/MPH program will become familiar with the links between law and the delivery of health care, and will focus on issues related to population health.
Public health is an interdisciplinary field that seeks to prevent injuries, illness and premature death, promote health and wellness, and prolong life, at the group, community, and population levels. The MPH degree enables students to understand and apply public health theory and research methods for the purposes of improving community and population health. For Hofstra Law students interested in such career choices, the MPH will give them the training they need to understand why — as well as how — to use the law to improve the health status of populations. The mission of Hofstra University’s Master of Public Health program is to educate engaged, committed, socially aware, culturally competent, ethical public health researchers, practitioners, and policy makers to meet society’s needs to prevent and ameliorate public health problems locally, nationally and globally. Upon completion of the MPH portion of the dual degree program, students will have attained:
- Expertise in biostatistics, environmental health, health policy and epidemiology (and other areas of public health knowledge).
- Skills in administration, research methods and analysis related to public health, in addition to the training that they receive in the Law School.
- Knowledge about the spread of disease, the social determinants of health and the changing structure of health care delivery in general and in emergency settings.
Hofstra’s Master of Public Health (MPH) offers an innovative curriculum and advanced training for the next generation of public health professionals. Drawing on the expertise and resources of Hofstra’s Programs in Health Professions, Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine and the Northwell Health System, the program’s interdisciplinary approach recognizes the contributions of other disciplines, including business, economics, education, law, political science, psychology, public administration and sociology. In addition, program faculty emphasize the interconnectedness of public health and clinical medicine and provide a solid foundation in core skills, such as assessment and research, program planning, evaluation and policy development.
Lawyers trained in public health:
- Can succeed in public policy positions, working with government agencies or various advocacy organizations.
- May work in law firms (within health law practices) or as counsel for organizations involved in health care delivery.
- May serve as experts within think tanks, devising appropriate legal responses to public health challenges.
The MPH program teaches students how to conduct quality health research, participate in essential community service initiatives, and effectively communicate and disseminate public health research to change behavior and shape health policy. The MPH program at Hofstra University recognizes its important role in the local community, and in a broader national and international dialogue related to public health issues and problems.
Additionally, students in the JD/MPH program will be able to integrate both fields in their course work while participating in internships that link legal training and scholarship to public health skills.
The program is typically completed in four years.