The School of Public Health at the University of Memphis offers a unique opportunity for attorneys to obtain a Master of Public Health degree in 12-months. Termed the "Fast Track MPH," the MPH is earned in an intensive full-time format in which attorneys attend classes during the evening and online for 3 consecutive semesters (fall, spring, summer). As part of their coursework, students also complete a 240-hour community-based practicum.

The 42-credit program is designed to allow attorneys to extend their advocacy skills to a population health perspective and gain substantive knowledge in applying law and policy to public health problems. Special expertise will be gained in urban public health issues, health systems, public health policy, and environmental health advocacy. The program prepares attorneys for leadership in addressing public health policy issues related to access to healthcare, health reform, environmental justice, and social concerns that affect health equity.

Eligible candidates must be graduates of the Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law at the University of Memphis or another American Bar Association-accredited U.S. law school.

For further information on the program, contact:

  • Dr. Marian Levy, MPH Director in the School of Public Health - mlevy@memphis.edu or (901) 678-4514
  • Dr. Sue Ann McClellan, Dean of Law Admissions, Recruiting, & Scholarships - smcclell@memphis.edu or (901) 678-5403

Admissions Procedure
Individuals applying to the MPH Program should complete and submit the application by April 1 (for Fall) and November 1 (for Spring). Please click here to apply and here for more information. The MPH admission requirement of GRE scores is waived in lieu of the LSAT.

This training represents an unparalleled opportunity for attorneys to gain insight in applying legal policy to public health problems.

Suggested Course Sequence
"FAST TRACK" for Lawyers
12-month format

Fall (5 courses)      

Spring (5 courses)

  • PUBH 7150 Biostatistical Methods 1
  • PUBH 7180 Foundations of Public Health
  • PUBH 7170 Epidemiology in Public Health
  • PUBH 7985 Practicum in Public Health
  • Guided Elective *       
  • PUBH 7120 Environmental Health
  • PUBH 7160 Social and Behavioral Sciences Principles
  • HADM 7105 Health Policy
  • PUBH 7992 Master’s Project Seminar
  • Guided Elective *

Summer (4 online courses)

  • Pre-Summer intersession course (HPRO Health Promotion)
  • Guided Elective (First Summer Term)
  • Guided Elective (Second Summer Term)
  • Guided Elective (Entire Summer Term)


Each course is worth 3 credits hours.14 courses X 3 = 42 hrs.

* Consider shared credit for 6 hrs in Law School; will reduce by two electives. E.G., Administrative Law; Civil Rights; Disability Law and Practice; Education/Civil Rights; Elder Law; Environmental Law; Family Law; Gun Control/ Gun Rights Seminar; Health Law; Immigration Law; Labor Relations; Mental Health Law; or National Security Law.