MPH Concentrations

At the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, we believe we can make a world of difference, and we strive to make that belief a reality every day.

In the face of pressing public health challenges — from epidemics and pandemics to water quality to opioid abuse — public health leaders must be able to develop solutions tailored to specific environments and populations.

MPH@UNC offers four concentrations that will enable you to cultivate expertise in a specific area and apply your knowledge in local or global settings: Leadership, Nutrition, Applied Epidemiology and Master of Public Health/Registered Dietitian (MPH/RD).

You will be required to select a first- and second-choice concentration when you apply to the program. Our admissions counselors can help you select the concentrations that fit your needs. Learn more about the four options below.

MPH Leadership

This concentration is ideal for students who have some professional or volunteer experience in public health and want to build versatile leadership skills that can be applied to all areas of public health. You can also choose from a variety of elective courses.

In the MPH Leadership concentration, you will prepare to:

  • Lead teams, projects, organizations and systems.
  • Forge strong relationships with other leaders across sectors, political parties and fields.
  • Use your skills to eliminate inequities, improve conditions and foster positive change in local and global communities.

Learn more about the Leadership concentration.

MPH Nutrition

This concentration is designed for students at any experience level who are passionate about providing nutritional and dietary guidance to improve health outcomes for individuals and populations.

In the MPH Nutrition concentration, you will prepare to:

  • Meet the growing demand for nutritionists in arenas that range from private companies to community health organizations to media.
  • Assess the scientific evidence for dietary guidelines and effectively communicate nutritional information to multiple audiences.
  • Develop evidence-based, nutrition-related professional and consumer communications.

Learn more about the Nutrition concentration.

Applied Epidemiology

This concentration in Applied Epidemiology equips data-driven students with the epidemiologic tools and approaches to describe patterns of disease and help drive solutions to public health problems.

In the Applied Epidemiology concentration, you will prepare to:

  • Examine the health of populations to identify public health threats and inform strategies for specific interventions or general health improvement.
  • Analyze patterns of disease and other public health issues using epidemiologic frameworks.
  • Communicate epidemiologic concepts and findings to various audiences.

Learn more about the Applied Epidemiology concentration.

MPH/RD

The Master of Public Health/Registered Dietitian program is designed for students who want to practice on a patient-provider level and prescribe individual treatments. This concentration includes 1,000 hours of supervised practice experience and provides students with the course and internship requirements to take the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) exam.

In the MPH/RD program, you will prepare to:

  • Tackle real-world nutrition problems in your community and around the world.
  • Design specialized meal plans for patients with chronic and acute illnesses and oversee meal program development in food service environments.
  • Advocate for affordable, healthy food options on behalf of communities and populations.

Learn more about the MPH/RD program.

All concentrations are designed to meet Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) competency requirements and will prepare you for a career in today’s public health landscape.

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1 Best Public Health Schools (ranked in 2019), U.S. News and World Report.