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Nonprofit Leadership Program Announces Two Joint Degrees with Penn Law, Med

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Authored by: Jessica Bautista

Faculty & Research, Student Life


The School of Social Policy & Practice’s Nonprofit Leadership (NPL) degree program is today’s home for tomorrow’s leaders.

Now in its 11th year, the NPL program has added two interdisciplinary dual degree options that give its students the added edge they need to be – and lead – the change they wish to see in the world.

According to Adam Roth-Saks, associate director of the NPL program, students now have the opportunity to complement their leadership training with instruction in law and public health via the NPL / Juris Doctor (JD) and the NPL / Master of Public Health (MPH) degrees. Both have been made possible through a partnership with the University of Pennsylvania’s Law School and Perelman School of Medicine.

The NPL / JD prepares students to assume positions of leadership in law and nonprofits and provides them with the skills needed to transform nonprofits, social enterprises, and international NGOS. The program’s graduates learn new thinking and innovative approaches to address long-term challenges across the social impact sector, enabling them to be change-makers in their organizations and across the globe.

This NPL / MPH degree program combines the efforts of public health and nonprofit leadership to support students passionate about public health and social impact. Building on a practical and theoretical foundation, the NPL / MPH prepares public health workers to start and lead nonprofit organizations in the local, national, and global health spheres. Upon completion, degree holders are equipped to plan, implement, evaluate, and disseminate programs to address health needs and inform public debate and policymaking.

“We are excited to offer the joint degree program with Penn Law after the success of the Certificate in Nonprofit Leadership for Law students. This program will help prepare lawyers who will be the next generation of leaders transforming nonprofits and the social impact sector,” Roth-Saks said. “Additionally, the joint degree program in Public Health and Nonprofit Leadership with the School of Medicine is a natural fit because of the need for innovative social impact on pressing public health issues.

“It’s fantastic that we are already seeing interest from current and prospective students at Penn Law and Perelman in our NPL courses and the joint degrees. Those students will benefit from what NPL has to offer and all NPL students will benefit from their unique perspectives on law and health.”

For more information on the NPL program and its joint degrees, click here or watch this video about the top 10 reasons students pursue an NPL degree.