Juris Doctor/Masters of Health Administration
Dual Degree Program

Students completing the following course of study will be eligible to receive the JD degree from the School of Law and the MHA degree from the Health Management and Informatics graduate program. This course of study may be completed in four years and an additional summer session. Normally, students require three years to complete the requirements for the JD degree and two years to complete the requirements for the MHA degree.

School of Law Required Courses

(89 hours required for graduation)

First Year

Second Year Second or Third Year

Health Administration Required Courses

(51 Hours Required Courses)

  • HMI 7485 Epidemiology & Managing Care (3)
  • HMI 7410 Design of Health & Human Services Systems (3)
  • HMI 7524 Public Health & Medical Care Organizations (3)
  • HMI 7430 Computer Applications in Health Services (3)
  • HMI 7450 Methods & Research in Health Services Management (6)
  • HMI 7460 Administration of Health Care Organizations (3)
  • HMI 8461 Human Resources Management (3)
  • HMI 8470 Strategic Planning & Marketing for Health Care Organizations (3)
  • HMI 8571 Decision Support in Health Care (3)
  • HMI 8472 Financial Management of Health Care Organizations (3)
  • HMI 8573 Decision-Making for Health Care (3)
  • HMI 8474 Health Care Law & Ethics (3)
  • HMI 8575 Contemporary Issues in Health Policy (3)
  • HMI 7689 Field Experience in Health Services Management (3)
  • HMI Professional Electives (6) *

*The School of Law has agreed that any six (6) hours from the Health Administration curriculum may be counted toward the JD degree.

Students may obtain up to three (3) hours of Law School Research (5875) credit for completing HMI 8450 (Methods & Research in Health Services Management) if the research is also approved and graded by a law school faculty member. In addition, HMI 7574 (Health Care Law & Ethics) may be taken for Law School credit if the student has not yet taken 5615 (Health Care Law & Policy.)

The Department of Health Management & Informatics will accept any 6 (six) hours of Law School credits as satisfaction of its Professional Electives requirement. In addition, 5615(Health Care Law & Policy) may be taken instead of HMI 7574 (Health Care Law & Ethics).

Sample Course of Study

The following course of study demonstrates how a student might design a program to complete the Dual Degree requirements in four years. This is not a contract. Actual course offerings and requirements are subject to change. Official course lists and requirements are available from the departments. Students are strongly advised to consult with academic advisors at both Schools before designing a personal course of study.

Application Procedure

Applicants to the Dual Degree Program must submit formal applications for admission to the School of Law and to the School of Health Administration accompanied by a statement requesting permission to pursue the Dual Degree Program. Students must meet the requirements for admission to both programs. Contact the School of Health Management and Informatics, and the School of Law for further information on admissions requirements. Both applications and the request must normally be submitted before a student has substantially completed the requirements of either program. However, petitions requesting admission to the Dual Degree Program from students at more advanced stages in either program will be considered.

Year 1:
Fall Semester

Winter Semester Summer Session:
  • HMI Foundation Courses (if necessary)

Year 2:
Fall Semester

  • HMI 7485 Epidemiology & Managing Care (3)
  • HMI 7410 Design of Health & Human Services Systems (3)
  • HMI 7460 Administration of Health Care Organizations (3)
  • HMI 8470 Strategic Planning & Marketing for Health Care Organizations (3)
  • Law Elective (3)
Winter Semester

Year 3:

Fall Semester Winter Semester
Summer Session:
  • HMI 7689 Field Experience (3)

Year 4:

Fall Semester
  • HMI 8461 Human Resources Management (3)
  • HMI 8472 Financial Management of Health Care Organizations (3)
  • Law Electives (9)
Winter Semester
  • HMI 8573 Decision-Making for Health Care (3)
  • HMI 8575 Contemp Issues in Health (3)
  • HMI 7574 Health Care Law & Ethics 3 (or 5615 Health Care Law & Policy-3) Law Electives (4)

** This course also satisfies three (3) hours of Law School Research (5875) if the paper is supervised and graded by a Law School faculty member.

Regulations

  1. The MHA course of study assumes that students have completed the required prerequisites before enrolling in the MHA program. These prerequisites are:
    1. Managerial Accounting
    2. Managerial Finance
    3. Microeconomics for Managers
    4. Statistical Analysis
    Students who have not completed these prerequisites prior to enrolling in the MHA program may not be able to complete the Dual Degree program in four years. For further information about these prerequisites, consult the MHA catalog.
  2. Students wishing to pursue the JD/MHA Dual Degree Program must meet the admission requirements and be admitted separately for both the School of Law and the Health Management and Informatics graduate program. For further information on the admission requirements of both programs, consult their school catalogs. As soon as possible, students should file a Statement of Intention to pursue the JD/MHA Dual Degree Program with the Associate Deans of both schools. The Statement of Intention may be a short letter simply stating the intention to pursue the Dual Degree. Students who have not submitted a Statement of Intention will not be considered Dual Degree candidates and may not receive the benefits of this course of study.
  3. Students who receive Law School credit for classes from the Health Management program may not receive credit for taking other classes outside the School of Law.
  4. Dual Degree candidates who subsequently decide to pursue only the MHA. or the JD degree must complete the degree program in its entirety and subject to the same rules and requirements as students not pursuing a Dual Degree.
  5. Student honors at the School of Law will be computed based on classes enrolled in as law classes. Determination of academic standards at the School of Law will be in accordance with School of Law rules and based only on classes enrolled in as law classes.

More Information

Masters of Health Administration Program
HMI
CE707 CS&E Building
Five Hospital Drive
Columbia, MO. 65212
School of Law Office of Admissions,
103 Hulston Hall
Columbia, MO 65211