Best Grad Schools - U.S. News & World Report, Public Health 2020

Online MPH Program

MPH@UNC is the online Master of Public Health (MPH) program from the University of North Carolina’s Gillings School of Global Public Health, ranked the No. 1 public school of public health in the nation and No. 2 overall on U.S. News & World Report's list (most recently published in 2019).1

Our online MPH program is designed for professionals and recent graduates who are passionate about solving urgent public health and global health challenges. With an emphasis on the integration of practice in public health education and a legacy of pioneering research and outstanding leadership, UNC's Gillings School is creating the next generation of public health leaders through an inclusive, student-centered community.

With MPH@UNC, you will engage with a range of populations and communities, and you will graduate prepared to help solve urgent public health problems on a local, national and global scale — from increasing health equity to improving water quality to preventing childhood obesity and beyond.

A Progressive Approach to Online MPH Education

MPH@UNC’s integrated core curriculum, also known as the Gillings MPH Core, was specifically designed by a diverse group of Gillings students, faculty and staff in response to updated Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) standards for all accredited MPH programs.

The Gillings integrated MPH Core educates you in the detection, understanding and ability to provide solutions to complex public health problems leveraging interprofessional teams. These core courses provide the foundational knowledge necessary to begin concentration-specific training.

The core MPH curriculum includes the following five courses:

  • Understanding Public Health Issues
  • Methods and Measures
  • Data Analysis for Public Health
  • Conceptualizing Public Health Solutions
  • Developing, Implementing & Evaluating Public Health Solutions

As a student, you will complete a total of 42 credits. Each semester, you will complete case studies and work with practitioners and alumni to complete integrative, individual and team projects. Each project prepares you to enhance your real-world experience as you deliver evidence-based practices that work to eliminate real public health issues.

COMPASS Orientation Program

Before you begin the online MPH program, you will complete the Core Online Modules to Promote and Accelerate Student Success (COMPASS) orientation program. COMPASS features nine modules that give you the opportunity to assess your writing and quantitative skills before your first term. You will also get your first taste of the UNC Gillings School's unique, supportive culture and our community’s passion for improving public health worldwide.


Designed for professionals who are passionate about solving public health and global health problems, our online MPH program supports aspiring public health leaders across the country through an inclusive, student-centered community.

MPH@UNC currently offers four concentrations: Leadership in Practice, Health Policy, Nutrition, and Master of Public Health/Registered Dietitian (MPH/RD).

Leadership in Practice

Lead teams that are working to improve public health conditions and eliminate health inequities. Upon graduation, you will be able to foster meaningful change in local and global communities.

Learn more about the Leadership in Practice concentration.

Health Policy

Shape policy that improves public health across populations and communities. Upon graduation, you will be prepared to design, implement and advocate for effective, evidence-based health policy solutions at local, state and federal levels.

Learn more about the Health Policy concentration.


Communicate nutritional guidelines to the public and improve the health of people worldwide. Upon graduation, you will be able to help promote health and prevent disease in a range of professional settings.

Learn more about the Nutrition concentration.


Provide personalized nutritional care and dietetics expertise in clinical settings, strengthened by an understanding of each client’s socioeconomic context. Upon graduation, you will be prepared to pursue RD certification.

Learn more about the MPH/RD concentration.

The Online MPH Academic Experience

Offered on a full-time or part-time basis, the UNC Gillings School's online MPH program matches the quality and rigor of its on-campus equivalent, adhering to the same admissions, curriculum, competencies, clinical and public health standards.

As an MPH@UNC student, you will:

  • Collaborate with your peers and renowned Gillings faculty during live, weekly classes, and in study groups and one-on-one office hours held on our interactive online campus.
  • Access engaging coursework and resources 24/7 and experience dedicated technical, academic and personal support from our team of specialists.
  • Join the extensive UNC alumni network and access lifelong support, career services and professional connections around the globe. 


The University of North Carolina's Gillings School of Global Public Health is an Accredited School of Public Health under the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH).

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

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