Public Health Leadership Program FAQs

Master of Public Health Programs

Leadership Track

Occupational Health Nursing Track

Health Care and Prevention Track

Global Online (GO MPH™) Track 



Master of Public Health Programs

What are the tracks within the Master of Public Health (MPH) program?

  1. Public Health Leadership (online and residential) which includes Public Health Nursing. Contact Anna Schenck (
  2. Health Care and Prevention (residential only). Contact Anthony Viera (, or Sue Tolleson-Rinehart (
  3. Occupational Health Nursing (online and residential). Contact Bonnie Rogers ( or Susan Randolph (
  4. Global Online (GO MPH) (online only).  Contact Rohit Ramaswamy (

How many credit hours are required for completion of the MPH degree?

The MPH course of study requires a minimum of 42 credit hours, which is completed over the course of three years of part-time study or in as little as twelve months of full-time study, depending on the concentration chosen. To earn the MPH degree, students are required to meet SPH core course requirements, and to take courses in the PHLP core content areas of assessment, policy development, and assurance. Elective courses, a field practicum designed to complement in-class work, a Comprehensive Exam and a Master’s paper complete the curriculum.

What is the cost of an MPH?

Tuition is assessed per credit hour and set annually in response to the legislature’s budget appropriations.  Costs also are dependent on such criteria as the student’s residential status, and whether or not the student is considered full-time.  Current figures for programs in the Gillings School of Global Public Health are at

Are GRE scores required for application?

GRE scores are required for all applicants, except those that already have a terminal degree (i.e. MD, PhD, DrPH, etc.) by the Graduate School admissions office.  While the PHLP appreciates what the GRE scores can reflect, we also realize that many of our students are well-removed from their previous academic careers, and consequently we may give less weight to the scores than to other elements of the application, such as professional experience and the statement of purpose.

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Leadership Track

What are the on-campus requirements for the Online Leadership MPH?

Requirements for the Online Leadership MPH include two on-campus sessions.  The first occurs in August and serves as an introduction to the program as well as an exploration of team dynamics.   The seconds occurs in either the spring  or summer semester prior to the student’s enrolling in the fall Leadership course (PUBH 791).

What are the concentration areas for the Leadership MPH?

Each distance student selects a concentration area that reflects his or her individual interests. Concentrations include Public Health Practice, Public Health Nursing, Field Epidemiology, and Global Health. The Public Health Nursing Concentration is accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC).

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Occupational Health Nursing Track

When are the Occupational Health Nursing Certification Review Courses offered?

Certification Review Courses are offered annually, generally in January. For more information about either offering please contact Bonnie Rogers (919-966-1765 or

Is financial assistance available for the Occupational Health Nursing Graduate Program?

Yes, tuition assistance is usually available; however, the amount of assistance available depends on the number of students enrolled and other variables.

How long does it take to complete the OHN Graduate Program?

Completion of the program depends on the number of credits you take each semester. Generally, the Distance Learning Program can be completed in 2 – 2 ½ years, assuming you take two courses a semester. For full time students the On-campus Program generally takes 1½ years to complete, and for part-time students 2 – 5 years. You may have up to five years to complete the entire program. A minimum of 42 credits is required for graduation.

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