Applying to MPH@UNC

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. 

Admissions Requirements

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 exam or an approved substitute exam (see below). If you have not already done so, have your official scores sent to UNC. Please request GRE scores be sent using the institution code 5816 for the Gillings School of Global Public Health.

Application Requirements

To apply to MPH@UNC, you must submit the following items: 

Online Application

You must complete the online application and pay a nonrefundable application fee of $90.00. 

Test Scores

You must submit your general GRE score (or approved substitute score from the list below), taken within the last five years. If you are pursuing or already hold a research or professional doctorate, you may be exempt from the standardized test score requirement. Contact the admissions team for more information about this waiver.

The following professional exams, taken within the last five years, may be used as a substitute for the GRE:

  • DAT (Dental)
  • GMAT (Business)
  • LSAT (Law)
  • MCAT (Medical)
  • PCAT (Pharmacy)

Resume or Curriculum Vitae

Submit your current resume or CV, and be sure to list any relevant professional and academic experience, including volunteer work.

Transcripts

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, without exceeding 1,500 words:

  1. Why are you interested in pursuing a Master of Public Health degree and how will this prepare you for your career?
  2. How have previous work and volunteer experiences led you to your choice of concentration(s)?
  3. How will you contribute to a diverse, inclusive student community at UNC’s Gillings School?

Letters of Recommendation

Three letters of recommendation are required. These letters should be sent from individuals who can attest to your ability or potential to complete graduate public health training. Approved recommenders are past and present employers, professors and approved volunteer coordinators. If you have graduated from an academic degree program within the last five years, we recommend that you have at least one letter from an academic reference. Letters of recommendation are submitted through the online application process.

Considerations for International Applicants

Transcripts

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:

  • TOEFL: 90
  • IELTS: 7

Standardized test scores must be official and are reportable for a period of two years from the date of the exam. TOEFL or IELTS 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:

  1. 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).
  2. 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.)
  3. 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: Registered Dietitian Concentration

Applicants may be considered for admission before completing one or more pre-requisites. However, all pre-requisites must be completed before entering the program. The applicant’s personal statement should include a description of the specific plan for satisfying the pre-requisites prior to the program start date.

MPH/RD Concentration Prerequisites

  • Biochemistry
  • Human Nutrition
  • Anatomy
  • Physiology
  • Anthropology OR Psychology OR Sociology
  • Microbiology with a Lab

To learn more about MPH@UNC, request information and an admissions counselor will contact you.