Dual Master of Science in Health Outcomes Research / Juris Doctor (MS/JD)
Given the changing healthcare environment and the complexities of the healthcare system in the United States, Saint Louis University has recognized the need to train lawyers fluent in the methods of health outcomes research. Clinical policies and procedures, health insurance plans, and health policy at the state and federal levels are becoming increasingly driven by analyses of outcomes data.
By jointly training students in law and outcomes research, the MS/JD program develops healthcare lawyers who are able to account for health outcomes data in preparation for litigation, in assessing a client's compliance with various regulations, and in counseling clients related to liability risk management and institutional policy.
Application and Admission
Students apply and are admitted separately to the JD and MS programs based on admissions criteria for each program. Students may apply simultaneously to both programs or may apply to the MS program during the first year of study in the School of Law.
Students in the program begin their studies in the School of Law, completing their first-year law curriculum before taking courses toward the MS. In the third semester, students begin their MS coursework in conjunction with their law courses. Nine credits of coursework from the MS program are counted towards the student's JD and 9 credits of JD coursework are counted toward the MS enabling students to complete both degrees simultaneously at the end of seven semesters.