Online MPH With Health Policy Concentration

The University of North Carolina’s Gillings School of Global Public Health offers its online Master of Public Health (MPH) program, MPH@UNC, with a Health Policy concentration.

Designed to prepare current and aspiring public health professionals to design, implement and evaluate health care policy in a variety of settings, this concentration will provide you with the skills you need to advocate for change and shape effective policy solutions at local, state and federal levels.

As a student in the online Health Policy concentration, you will learn how to:

  • Develop evidence-based policy that improves health.
  • Advocate for and influence policy change.
  • Implement and effectively manage public programs.

Policy affects every dimension of public health and health care delivery, from access to health services to reimbursement practices to underlying social determinants. As health care systems around the world struggle to deliver high-quality, affordable care, skilled policy experts are needed to improve the health and lives of citizens across populations and communities.

As a UNC Gillings School student, understanding existing health systems and policies will be just one component of your education. The next generation of health policy leaders also must learn to be adaptive, strategic thinkers who are able to navigate emerging and constantly evolving health challenges.

Careers in Health Policy

Earning an MPH degree in Health Policy will enable you to design, implement, manage and advocate for programs and policies that improve health outcomes in a wide range of settings.

Like students in the on-campus Health Policy program, you will learn the skills necessary to succeed as a leader in public- and private-sector environments, including:

  • Local, state, and federal agencies
  • Advocacy groups
  • Nonprofit organizations
  • Professional associations
  • Health care consulting
  • Health care organizations
  • Insurance companies
  • Research organizations

As an MPH@UNC student, you also will have access to the vast UNC Gillings School alumni network. UNC’s Gillings School graduates are widely recognized as strategic, thoughtful problem solvers by organizations that are making a difference, including many well-known companies, universities, health care systems, nonprofit organizations and government agencies.

Many graduates — now leaders in governmental and nongovernmental health policy settings — can connect you with practicum, mentoring and potential employment opportunities.

The Gillings School of Global Public Health alumni and faculty have worked at places including:

  • Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
  • Department of Health and Human Services
  • Government Accountability Office
  • Food and Drug Administration
  • Kaiser Family Foundation
  • America's Health Insurance Plans
  • MassHealth
  • National Association of Community Health Centers
  • North Carolina Institute of Medicine
  • Department of Homeland Security
  • Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America

Required Health Policy Concentration Courses

After completing the Gillings School MPH Core courses, you will transition into concentration-specific courses. The following courses are required for the Health Policy concentration:

  • HPM 754: Health Care in the U.S.: Structure and Policies (3 credits)
  • HPM 790: Advanced Health Policy Analysis and Health Policy Advocacy (3 credits)
  • HPM 758: Underserved Populations and Health Reform (3 credits)
  • Financial Management and Analysis for Public and Nonprofit Entities (3 credits)
  • HPM 730: Leadership and Workforce Management Strategies (3 credits)

Health Policy Concentration Competencies

This coursework will prepare you to navigate the complex systems, processes and variables that influence health policy and empower you to achieve the following core competencies:

  • Examine past, current and emerging issues related to the organization, financing and management of health care delivery in the United States.
  • Apply policy analysis skills to make evidence-informed policy recommendations that improve the health of populations.
  • Demonstrate an ability to influence the formulation of health policies by developing a broad-based advocacy strategy for policy change at the regulatory or legislative level.
  • Analyze existing and proposed governmental policies to assess implementation challenges and the impact of those policies on different populations and stakeholders.
  • Apply knowledge of governmental and nonprofit financial management and analysis to plan for, operate, monitor and report on the financial results of nonprofit and publicly financed health programs.
  • Apply key principles of organizational behavior, leadership and workforce management.

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