MPH in Leadership

Check out more program details and information about how to apply to the Residential Leadership MPH program via the Gillings Program Search (GPS) for prospective students.


The mission of the Public Health Leadership Program is to develop leaders in health and medical care and to train our students to meet the public health and medical care challenges of the community and society at large. To accomplish this mission, students are provided an integrated, practice-based curriculum with flexibility in selecting courses both within the Leadership Program and other departments to meet PHLP core requirements.

The Leadership MPH is designed for individuals who already have a professional identity and who have three to five years of health-related experience but who desire to broaden their knowledge and skills in public health philosophy and sciences. The School of Public Health recognizes that these individuals represent a variety of disciplines, have a wide range of experiences and often have a limited amount of time in which to complete an MPH curriculum. Therefore, the hallmarks of the program are its flexibility and the opportunity it affords students to custom-design their programs of study.

The curriculum of study includes:

  • School of Public Health core courses: Epidemiology, Biostatistics, Health Policy and Management, Health Behavior, and Environmental Science
  • Leadership core courses in the areas of assurance, assessment and policy development
  • Electives drawn from School of Public Health courses
  • Practicum
  • Master’s paper

The structure of the program is as follows:

  • The residential program is designed to be completed over a period of 1.5-2 years.
  • Students are assigned advisers with whom they create a plan of study.
  • Students take courses–in residential, online and hybrid formats–in spring and fall semesters, and may elect to take courses during the summer as well.
  • Graduation requires a minimum of 42 credits.
  • Up to 8 previously earned credits may be counted toward the 42 hours necessary for your degree.  Students who are enrolled in or who have graduated from any of the PHLP Certificate programs are allowed to transfer up to 15 credit hours, pending approval of the program, obtained in the Certificate Program towards a Master’s degree in Public Health. See the Graduate School Handbook (pdf).

Application for admission is a two-step process. Go the the Gillings Program Search (GPS) for a breakdown of tasks, and for further information on process or other related issues, please contact:

Paul Frellick (paul.frellick@unc.edu)
(919) 843-7629
Public Health Leadership Program
School of Public Health
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
CB# 7469, 4113 McGavran-Greenberg Hall
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7469

Application deadline:
The Leadership MPH admits for fall and requires submission of all application materials by the preceding March 1. However, applicants who wish to apply for scholarships, awards and financial assistance should apply no later than December 11.

Go to the Graduate School site for further information regarding applications. The Graduate School also has information regarding North Carolina Residency. If you have specific questions regarding residency, you can email Megan Totten (mtotten@email.unc.edu).