How to apply


Check out our Gillings Program Search (GPS) for prospective students. The GPS provides a search option for our School’s degree and non-degree programs, as well as the ability to drill down to an overview of each program’s quick facts and related information about how to apply. Begin the application process: click link(s) below to view the requirements and procedures that apply to you. See our tuition and fees page for related information.


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Doctoral Programs Show Details

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD Residential)

Combines rigorous training in research methodology with substantive knowledge to provide the academic foundation and research experience to become creative and independent researchers.

Executive Doctoral Program in Health Leadership (DrPH Online + campus visit(s))

Designed for working healthcare professionals in the U.S. or abroad with the potential and ambition to become senior leaders and who are committed to improving the public’s health. Students must come to campus once in the fall, spring and summer (for 3-4 days each visit).

Master's Programs Show Details

Master of Healthcare Administration (MHA Residential)

Focuses on developing competencies for students interested in pursuing careers in healthcare management and consulting. A broad range of management competencies are addressed including finance, leadership, human resources management, information technology and healthcare marketing.

Master of Healthcare Administration (MHA Online + campus visit(s))

Students gain a comprehensive understanding of public health philosophy, methods, and values and are provided with an orientation to management and policy-related careers in health services management. The MHA program is designed to help students improve decision-making capabilities and leadership skills, especially for the delivery of healthcare services. Students must come to campus once in the fall (6 days), spring(4 days) and summer (4 days).

Master of Public Health (MPH Online + campus visit(s))

Students gain a comprehensive understanding of public health philosophy, methods, and values and are provided with an orientation to management and policy-related careers in the public health field. The MPH program is designed to help students improve decision-making capabilities and leadership skills, especially for the delivery of public health services. Students must come to campus once in the fall (6 days), spring(4 days) and summer (4 days).

Master of Public Health (MPH Residential)

Focuses on developing competencies for students interested in pursuing careers in health care management or policy. Students acquire a broad understanding of public health philosophy, methods, and values along with an orientation to management and policy. This 42-credit program was designed for students who have completed (or are in the process of completing) a doctoral degree.

Master of Science in Public Health (MSPH Residential)

Prepares students for careers in health policy analysis, planning, development, evaluation, and advocacy at local, state, federal, and international levels as well as in the private sector. Students obtain a comprehensive understanding of the healthcare system, health policy analysis, and program evaluation.

Dual Master of Healthcare Administration and Master of Business Administration (MHA-MBA Residential)

Provides strong preparation in the management disciplines, a comprehensive understanding of the healthcare sector, and experiential elements, shaping leaders who have mastered functional knowledge and analytical skills

Dual Master of Healthcare Administration and Master of City and Regional Planning (MHA-MCRP Residential)

Provides strong preparation in the management disciplines, a comprehensive understanding of the healthcare sector, and experiential elements, along with a sound base in planning theory and methods and a broad perspective on planning as a public activity under the overarching concept of sustainable development.

Dual Master of Healthcare Administration and Master of Science in Information Science (MHA-MSIS Residential)

Provides strong preparation in the management disciplines, a comprehensive understanding of the healthcare sector, and experiential elements, along with the ability to design, develop, and maintain information systems and networks, and provide leadership in the development of new technologies and new applications relating to the delivery of information to users.

Dual Master of Healthcare Administration and Master of Science in Library Science (MHA-MSLS Residential)

Provides strong preparation in the management disciplines, a comprehensive understanding of the healthcare sector, and experiential elements, along with application of tools and technologies to information problems and collection, organization, storage, and retrieval of recorded knowledge.

Dual Master of Public Health and Juris Doctor (MPH-JD Residential)

Provides intensive and supervised program of coursework for those students interested in pursuing a specialized career in health law, or research related to medicine and healthcare. This 42-credit program was designed for students who have completed (or are in the process of completing) a doctoral degree.

Dual Master of Science in Public Health and Master of Business Administration (MSPH-MBA Residential)

Provides a comprehensive understanding of healthcare system, policy analysis, and analytic methods, to shape leaders who have functional knowledge and analytical skills.

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

Provides a comprehensive understanding of the healthcare system, policy analysis, and analytic methods, along with a combination of planning theory and methods, and substantive knowledge of planning, spatial development, and public policy.

Dual Master of Science in Public Health and Master of Science in Information Science (MSPH-MSIS Residential)

Provides a comprehensive understanding of the healthcare system, policy analysis, and analytic methods, along with ability to design, develop, and maintain information systems and networks and provide leadership in the development of new technologies and applications relating to the delivery of information to users.

Dual Master of Science in Public Health and Master of Science in Library Science (MSPH-MSLS Residential)

Provides a comprehensive understanding of the healthcare system, policy analysis, and analytic methods. Application of tools and technologies to information problems, and collection, organization, storage, and retrieval of recorded knowledge.

Undergraduate Program Show Details

Bachelor of Science in Public Health (BSPH Residential)

Program mission: To develop responsible graduates who have the necessary knowledge, skills, and values to pursue successful careers in health systems in the U.S. and abroad. The program aims to prepare students for both entry-level positions and for advanced degree programs (e.g. graduate school, medical school, law school).

What are the strengths of our program?


What are our students interested in?
The following questions reflect just a few of the diverse interest areas our students explore while in the program:

  • Health disparities:What can we do to address the causes of health disparities both in the U.S. and internationally?
  • Health reform: In what ways will health reform change the future of U.S. healthcare?
  • Access to care: What can be done to improve access to healthcare for underserved populations?
  • Healthcare quality and costs: How can we improve quality of care while also managing rising healthcare expenditures?
  • Health promotion & disease prevention: What can we do to address preventable illnesses caused by tobacco use, obesity, and physical inactivity?
  • Global Health: How do other countries deliver healthcare and what can the U.S. learn from their successes and failures?

Certificate Programs Show Details

Certificate in Community Preparedness and Disaster Management (PHDM Online + campus visit(s))

Provides community leaders in public health, health services, emergency management, local and state government, the military and volunteers with the opportunity to enhance their knowledge of management systems used to mitigate and prepare for, respond to, and recover from natural and man-made disasters, including terrorism. Three courses are offered to each cohort, covering the administrative structures of disaster management at the local, state and federal levels; the science of disasters; methods to plan for and to analyze disasters; and planning and implementation of disaster management programs. This online certificate is available to anyone. Students must come to campus twice (for 2 days each visit) during the program.

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.

Certificate Programs Show Details

Graduate Certificate in Global Health (CGH Residential)

The purpose of the Graduate Certificate in Global Health is to provide 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.

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.