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 2015).
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 address real public health issues.
Leadership in Practice Concentration
MPH@UNC offers a Leadership in Practice concentration, which enables you to hone and apply your leadership skills in a public health context. You will be prepared to lead teams, projects, organizations and systems to address public health issues and foster necessary change in local and global communities.
Foundational courses for this concentration are Principles of Public Health Leadership; Leadership for System Transformation; Leadership for Health Policy and Equity; Leaders Role in Implementation, Monitoring and Evaluation; and Leadership in Public Health Quality Improvement.
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.
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, as well as 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). The MPH@UNC program is currently approved to offer a Master of Public Health in Public Health Leadership: Leadership Track.
To learn more about MPH@UNC, request information and an admissions counselor will contact you.