UNC’s Gillings School is looking for candidates whose academic background, professional experience and leadership abilities meet the demands of our online Master of Public Health (MPH) program. Below are the requirements for admission and application submission.
In order to be considered for the online MPH program, you must:
Have a bachelor’s degree, or its international equivalent, from a regionally accredited institution. Your bachelor’s degree must be earned before graduate study begins.
Have earned a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher (average grade of “B”).
Have taken the GRE, GMAT or MCAT exam. If you have not already done so, have your official scores sent to UNC. Please request the scores be sent using the institution code 5816 for the Gillings School of Global Public Health.
To apply to MPH@UNC, you must submit the following items:
You must complete the online application and pay a nonrefundable application fee of $90.00.
Resume or Curriculum Vitae
Submit your current resume or CV, and be sure to list any relevant professional and academic experience, including volunteer work.
Submit unofficial transcripts from all postsecondary institutions attended, including graduate studies. (Official transcripts will be required upon admission.)
You will need to upload unofficial copies of your transcripts from all institutions you have attended into your application. If you do not have unofficial transcripts, you will need to request copies be sent directly to you from the school(s). You can then upload them into the application and email them to your admissions counselor.
Note: Any official transcripts uploaded through the online application can be used to render an admissions decision but will be considered unofficial.
For military applicants, military transcripts are required, including JST (Joint Service Transcript) or ACE.
If your study abroad credits and grades are transcribed on the home institution transcript, then a transcript is not required. If your study abroad credits and grades are listed as transfer credit, then an official transcript from the study abroad institution is required.
Statement of Purpose
You must submit an essay that answers three key questions:
Why are you interested in pursuing an MPH?
What experiences have led to your pursuit of an MPH?
What do you hope to accomplish upon completion of your MPH?
Letters of Recommendation
Three letters of recommendation are required. Approved recommenders are past and present employers, professors and approved volunteer coordinators. Letters of recommendation are submitted through the online application process.
Considerations for International Applicants
Translated and original transcripts are required. WES is not accepted. UNC Graduate School institution code is 5816.
TOEFL or IELTS Test Scores
All international applicants must submit official TOEFL scores (reported directly from ETS.org) or IELTS scores (reported directly from IELTS.org). We accept no other English language tests. While self-reported scores are useful for informal evaluation, the official report of your scores must arrive before final application review.
The required minimum total score for each exam is:
Standardized test scores must be official and are reportable for a period of two years from the date of the exam. Exam results more than two years old will not be considered. Standardized test scores that are submitted to the institution are kept on file for one year after the term for which you are applying.
Exceptions to the English standardized exams are available for the three applicant categories listed below:
Applicants from countries where English is the sole official language of instruction (i.e., Australia; Bahamas; Barbados; Canada, excluding Québec; England; Ghana; Ireland; India; Jamaica; Kenya; New Zealand; Nigeria; Scotland; St. Vincent and the Grenadines; Trinidad; Tobago; Uganda; and Wales).
Applicants who have received or will receive a degree from an accredited university in the United States. (You must upload an unofficial transcript showing degree awarded or in progress, or a letter from the registrar or dean verifying your degree candidate status from that institution within the online admissions application. If you are offered admission, the official transcript must be received, or the English exam scores will be required to enroll.)
Applicants who have received or will receive a degree from an accredited university where English is the sole language of instruction. (If you are a degree candidate in a university where English is the sole language of instruction, along with your request, you must submit an official verification from that university that English is the sole language of instruction along with your anticipated date of graduation. If the degree or an official verification is not received, the English exam scores will be required.)
Prerequisite Information: Nutrition and Registered Dietitian Concentration
MPH@UNC does not require students to complete prerequisite courses prior to starting the Gillings MPH Core courses. However, during the application review process, the admissions committee may determine that applicants must successfully complete prerequisite courses prior to the start of their concentration coursework.
As part of the holistic review of an application, applicants who do not have the required prerequisite courses may be viewed by the admissions committee as being unprepared to succeed in the program and, as a result, be denied admission.
Applicants should be aware that the required prerequisite coursework is not currently offered through the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health and students will need to find an alternative institution to fulfill these requirements. Based on the substantial time and associated financial requirements tied to the Nutrition and Registered Dietitian concentrations, students should understand they may face challenges associated with maintaining enrollment in the MPH program while completing the necessary courses.
Nutrition Concentration Prerequisites
MPH/RD Concentration Prerequisites
Anthropology OR Psychology OR Sociology
Microbiology with a Lab
To learn more about MPH@UNC, request information and an admissions counselor will contact you.