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Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) Program in Public Health Leadership Frequently Asked Questions

For whom is the Doctoral Program in Health Leadership program designed?
The program is 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. See the biosketches of the Class of:

How many students are accepted each year?
We accept up to 15 students per year. We receive more than 130 applications each year and regret that we cannot admit all qualified applicants.

Must I have a degree in public health to apply?
No. A degree in public health is not required.

Must I have some experience in healthcare to apply?
Yes. You must have at least several years of post-graduate experience in the health field, in a substantial management or leadership position.

Is the DrPH program accredited?
There is no accreditation process for DrPH programs, or for most individual degree programs. The School of Public Health is accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) and the university is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).

Where are the classes taught?
All of the classes are taught via Internet video one evening a week.

Are any visits to Chapel Hill required?
Yes. Students visit in August, January and May for 3-4 days each. At times, we may opt to replace an on-campus visit with a visit outside NC or overseas.

What kind of Internet connection must I have in order to participate?
You must have a high-speed DSL or cable connection. Dial-up connections do not work with our technology.

Is a dissertation required in the DrPH program?
Yes. Students begin planning their dissertation in the first year of their studies and spend most of the third year completing it. See a list of recent DrPH grads with links to abstracts of their dissertations.

It’s been 10 years since I last took the GRE or GMAT. Is that okay?
No. Your GRE or GMAT scores must have been recorded within the past five years.

Don’t see an answer to your question? Contact:

Kim Sieler, Assistant Registrar
DrPH, Executive Master’s and Certificate Programs

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