University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

University of North Carolina School of Global Public Health
4111 McGavran-Greenberg Hall
CB #7469
Chapel Hill, NC 27599
(919) 966-5285

MPH Program Overview

The UNC School of Global Public Health MPH program develops leaders in the field of public health by training students to meet the challenges of public health in today’s communities and society in general. This MPH is designed for individuals who are already working in a public health profession and have a desire to expand on their knowledge, skills, and experience. Because those already in the field of public health have different schedules and varying types and levels of experience, the UNC School of Public Health offers a flexible curriculum as well as a distance learning option. The department considers this flexibility the hallmark of the MPH program at UNC.

MPH Curriculum and Courses

The Master of Public Health program at the UNC School of Global Public Health requires a minimum of 42 credits, beginning with a concentration in the program’s key core content areas:

  • Epidemiology
  • Biostatistics
  • Health Policy and Management
  • Health Behavior and Health Education
  • Environmental Science

The MPH in Leadership also includes core courses in assurance, assessment, and policy development.

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The remainder of the degree requirements includes elective coursework as well as a capstone project and a master’s paper. The electives must be derived from the School of Public Health’s courses, but the program’s flexibility and the interdisciplinary nature of the degree practically allow students to create their own individual program of study.

MPH Admissions

To apply for this MPH program, you need:

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Relevant work experience
  • Statement of professional goals
  • Letters of recommendation (3)
  • Official transcripts
  • GRE or equivalent entrance exam scores taken within five years of application

MPH Tuition and Financial Aid

Tuition for the MPH program is approximately $12,000 per year.

Graduate students in the Public Health Program will be eligible for a variety of funding opportunities including awards and funding sponsored by the Gillings School of Global Public Health, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and various other resources.

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The UNC Graduate School also supports a small number of competitive merit-based assistantships. Students who meet strict academic criteria may be nominated for these assistantships by their departments.

The Gillings School of Global Public Health offers a number of other awards and scholarships to incoming students, but applicants must indicate their desire to be considered for these in their application. A full list of awards and funding options can be found on the school’s website.

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