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.
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.
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.