Earn an MPH Online

Lead Sustainable Change Locally and Globally

No GRE Required

At the Gillings School of Global Public Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the No. 1 public school of public health and the No. 2 overall1, we train practical leaders who are relentless in their pursuit of a healthier, more equitable world.

Through research, education and service, we bring our expertise to the front lines of public health every day — because we believe the fight of our lives is happening right now, in local and global communities. Our online Master of Public Health (MPH) program will prepare you to anticipate and combat society’s most urgent public health challenges, from emerging crises to systemic disparities, no matter where you live.

Focused Skills for Fearless Leaders

Explore Our Concentrations

Regardless of which track you choose, you’ll graduate with an interdisciplinary understanding of the cultural, environmental and social issues that define the modern public health landscape.

MPH Leadership

Lead teams, projects and organizations in eliminating health disparities, improving individual well-being and fostering change in local and global communities. You’ll learn how to develop practical solutions to systemic challenges in any area of public health.

MPH Nutrition

Improve the health of individuals, families and communities through nutrition outreach, policy and education. In addition to core public health knowledge, you’ll focus on nutrition science, behavior change, counseling and the broad effects of dietary culture.

MPH/Registered Dietitian

Prepare to meet the requirements to sit for the Commission on Dietetic Registration exam and become a registered dietitian. In addition to completing 1,000 hours of field experience, you’ll develop a scientific understanding of nutrition and dietetics and a strong foundation in public health practice and research.

Lead in Practice, Not Just on Paper

In keeping with our legacy of engagement, we emphasize experiential learning that gives you the chance to apply public health concepts, skills and values in a real-world setting. Depending on your concentration — and with one-on-one assistance from our placement team — you’ll complete at least 200 hours of fieldwork and have the chance to:

  • Contribute to essential organizations advancing public health.
  • Explore professional interests and hone your career goals.
  • Collaborate with and learn from experienced professionals in the field.

Learn more about curriculum.

Fully accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health

Apply on Your Schedule, Learn at Your Pace

Our program accommodates the unique needs of working professionals.

Rolling Admissions

We review applications and render admissions decisions quickly.

Four Annual Start Dates

Start your program at the time that makes sense for you.

Full- and Part-Time Pacing

Complete in as few as 20-24 months or as many as five years.

Get Support at Every Stage

From the moment you start exploring UNC Gillings, you can expect unparalleled support from every corner of our community, including admissions and program staff, faculty and even the alumni network.

Admissions Guidance

We’ll pair you with an admissions counselor who can help you prepare your application with confidence, navigate financial aid questions and tour the online campus.

Academic Planning

You’ll work with a team of experts dedicated to your success, including a faculty mentor, a student success adviser, an academic coordinator and a field placement specialist.

Career Services

Our Career Center team can help you stand out in competitive job markets, prepare for transitions and translate your skills into meaningful service throughout your career.

Learn more about admissions.

The Cutting Edge of Online Learning

We’ve spent years working with leading educators, researchers and technology experts to design a truly collaborative online learning experience that is much more than just a virtual classroom. The result? An environment that engages your curiosity, strengthens your expertise and connects you with other passionate students — no matter where you call home.

Learn more about the student experience.

Community Beyond Campus

Online students are full members of the Gillings School community and are invited to attend extracurricular events, participate in on-campus commencement ceremonies and apply for schoolwide awards and honors.

We encourage you to get involved: We have more than 20 active student organizations, which focus on global issues, diversity initiatives, community advocacy and healthy lifestyles.

Bring the Power of Public Health to Your Community

Learn how our online MPH program can prepare you to make practical change when and where it matters most.

1 Best Public Health Schools (2019). U.S. News & World Report. Retrieved July 16, 2020.