Juris Doctor/Master of Health Informatics

Using technology to improve health outcomes and people’s lives.

The Juris Doctor / Master of Health Informatics (JD/MHI) (pdf) program is an attractive alternative for individuals who wish to practice law or healthcare in an increasingly dynamic and complex environment.

Our unique program combining legal education and health science informatics will give you a powerful advantage in the competitive environment of law and technology. The JD/MHI combines practice-focused expertise in healthcare, information systems and technology, and law, which provides you the knowledge and skills to be prepared for the modern practice of healthcare law, whether in law firms, business, or government settings.

NKU offers this distinctive degree through the partnership of the College of Informatics and the Chase College of Law. You can complete the degree in as little as four years while gaining live field experience through the Chase Field Placement program. A description of the JD/MHI program requirements is available in the Academic Handbook (pdf) and the Sample Curriculum Map (pdf).

Who can benefit from this program:

  • Healthcare professionals hoping to expand their professional expertise and organizational leadership opportunities.
  • Information technology professionals who want to move into healthcare and corporate leadership.
  • Law school applicants looking to make a difference with their professional careers in one of the fastest growing and most important sectors of the economy.
  • Individuals seeking to become uniquely qualified for their current positions or to make a difference wherever they work.

A high level of IT experience is not required for the program. However, the program is still demanding and   students with limited technology backgrounds may be required to enroll in 1-2 prerequisite courses to secure the basic level of knowledge to succeed in the program.

Through the partnerships at Northern Kentucky University, the joint degree program will help you develop skills to manage vital information resources, the leadership to advise large organizations, and the legal knowledge to navigate the labyrinth of federal and state regulations governing healthcare. As healthcare providers and related businesses turn to technological innovation to improve patient care, reduce costs, and comply with regulations, there is an increased demand for professionals who can speak all languages:  medical, legal, and technological.  

Students will gain an understanding of evolving healthcare concepts and learn basic information about technical aspects of health informatics like sophisticated Electronic Medical Record systems, patient monitoring tools and clinical decision support applications. At the end of this program, they will be able to use this knowledge and skills to understand technology related interactions between patient, clinician, and health care providers and solve complex cases.

  • The program is available for both full-time and part-time students; many classes are offered in the evening and are taught with hands-on, practical classroom experience to help build your competencies with current and emerging technologies. Current and prospective students interested in graduating from the full-time program in three years are invited to explore the sample curriculum map by clicking here for a pdf file.

  • Certain JD courses serve as electives for the MHI degree, while certain MHI courses will fulfill electives for the law degree.

  • The number of hours to obtain both degrees through the combined program is 108. To obtain each degree independently would be 125.

  • Upon completion of all requirements of the combined program, the student is awarded both a JD and a MHI degree.


Prospective students need to apply to both degree programs separately, but are able to use their LSAT score in lieu of the GMAT or GRE score. Application information and instructions for each program can be found here: