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***Note that applicants should have a terminal degree or extensive experience working in public health to apply for the MPH in our department (Environmental Sciences and Engineering).  MOST APPLICANTS SHOULD APPLY FOR ONE OF OUR OTHER DEGREES – I.E. NOT THROUGH SOPHAS.***

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Doctoral Program Show Details

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD Residential)

Terminal degree intended for students with a strong background in the sciences or engineering who are interested in careers in basic and applied research, education, advanced practice, and management in the field of environmental sciences and engineering.

Master's Programs Show Details

Master of Public Health (MPH Residential)

Terminal degree intended for students with a prior background in health-related areas. Prepares graduates for careers in practice or management in the field of public health with emphasis in environmental sciences and engineering.

Master of Science (MS Residential)

Intended for incoming students with a strong background in the sciences or engineering and who are interested in advanced education or careers in research, practice or management in the field of environmental sciences and engineering.

Master of Science in Environmental Engineering (MSEE Residential)

A non-research, public health-oriented terminal degree intended for students interested in careers in environmental engineering practice.

Master of Science in Public Health (MSPH Residential)

Intended for incoming students with a strong background in the sciences or engineering. It prepares students for careers in practice as well as for further studies and careers in advanced education, research or management in the field of public health with emphasis in environmental sciences and engineering.

Dual Bachelor's-to-Master of Science Program (BSPH-MS Residential)

Intended for current UNC-Chapel Hill students in a science or math undergraduate program (including BSPH) who are interested in a research-based master’s degree and advanced practice or doctoral study in environmental science or engineering.

Dual Bachelor's-to-Master of Science in Public Health Program (BSPH-MSPH Residential)

Intended for current UNC-Chapel Hill students in a science or math undergraduate program (including BSPH) who are interested in a research-based master’s degree with a public health focus and advanced practice or doctoral study in environmental health sciences.

Dual Master of Public Health and Master of City and Regional Planning (MPH-MCRP Residential)

Intended for incoming students with a prior background in health-related areas who are interested in combining environmental health with community, urban or regional planning.

Dual Master of Science and Master of City and Regional Planning (MS-MCRP Residential)

Intended for incoming students with a strong background in the sciences or engineering who are interested in combining environmental science with community, urban or regional planning.

Dual Master of Science in Environmental Engineering and Master of City and Regional Planning (MSEE-MCRP Residential)

Non-research, public health-oriented terminal degree intended for students interested in careers in environmental engineering practice, and who are interested in combining environmental engineering with community, urban or regional planning.

Dual Master of Science in Public Health and Master of City and Regional Planning (MSPH-MCRP Residential)

Intended for incoming students with a strong background in the sciences or engineering who are interested in combining environmental health science with community, urban or regional planning.

Undergraduate Program Show Details

Bachelor of Science in Public Health in Environmental Health Sciences (BSPH Residential)

Provides students with a fundamental grounding in the basic and applied sciences for advanced scientific education, professional schools, or careers in practice in the field of public health with emphasis in environmental health sciences. BSPH graduates will be able to demonstrate a basic level of understanding in the fundamental sciences; describe the relationship between public health and environmental sciences and engineering; identify major issues in environmental sciences and engineering; describe significant regulatory components that have shaped environmental policy; and demonstrate written and oral communication skills related to environmental sciences and engineering issues within a public health context.

Certificate Programs Show Details

Graduate Certificate in Interdisciplinary Health Disparities (CIHD Residential)

Provides training that supports a long-term and sustained public health effort toward addressing and ultimately eliminating public health disparities experienced by African-Americans, Hispanics, American Indians, Alaska Natives, Asian-Americans, and Pacific Islanders, compared to the U.S. as a whole. Students enrolled in the Interdisciplinary Health Disparities Certificate Program will gain a synthesis of knowledge across a variety of disciplines and an expanded depth of the nature and causality of health disparities and be able to translate knowledge into effective action within the U.S. and across the globe. This residential certificate program is available to current degree-seeking residential UNC system affiliate graduate students and professional learners enrolled in the Part-Time Classroom Studies program through the William and Ida Friday Center for Continuing Education.

Graduate Certificate in Global Health (CGH Residential)

The purpose of the Graduate Certificate in Global Health is to provide current graduate students with a comprehensive understanding of global health conditions, needs, and solutions that cross borders in both developing and industrialized countries and regions. The Certificate complements students’ departmental requirements by offering courses and seminars that will prepare them to work in changing environments and with diverse populations, enabling them to respond competently to the challenges inherent to a career in global health.  Students will learn to identify and analyze the factors that generate disparities in health status, health resources, and access to health information and services, particularly for ethnic minorities and other marginalized and vulnerable population groups. In conferring a Global Health Certificate, the School of Public Health acknowledges students’ capability and capacity to perform as public health professionals with a global perspective, with collaborative and cross-cultural sensitivity and skills. Residential certificate programs are available to students currently enrolled in a residential graduate degree program at UNC-Chapel Hill.

Graduate Certificate in Interdisciplinary Health Communication (CIHC Residential)

Provides current degree-seeking residential UNC graduate students with specialized training in health communication. Courses are designed to build expertise for applied practice, academic, and research settings. IHC faculty represent 6 disciplines and conduct research on e-health, message tailoring, risk communication, health decision-making, dissemination, media effects, usability of electronic medical information, and health marketing. Residential certificate programs are available to students currently enrolled in a residential graduate degree program at UNC Gillings.

Graduate Certificate in Public Health Informatics (CPHI Residential)

This 12-credit hour specialized educational option prepares graduates for a variety of public health informatician roles. Combining the existing strength of the SPH curriculum and the informatics curriculum at the School of Information and Library Science (SILS), it will offer focused education with emphasis on public health information systems, information management and manipulation as well as evidence-based public health policy. The PHI certificate is envisioned as complementary to a graduate degree from SPH. Residential certificate programs are available to students currently enrolled in a residential graduate degree program at UNC Gillings.