The Public Health Leadership Program's Occupational Health Nursing Track - Online and Residential MPH

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Public health nurses who enroll in the public health leadership program have the unique opportunity to concentrate on issues of importance to public health nursing through coursework, the master’s paper and field practicum.

The curriculum of study includes:

  • School of Public Health core courses: Epidemiology, Biostatistics, Health Policy and Management, Health Behavior and Environmental Sciences and Engineering
  • Occupational Health Sciences: Industrial Hygiene, Toxicology, Occupational Safety/Ergonomics and Interdisciplinary Approaches to Occupational Health
  • Occupational Health Nursing courses
  • Practicum
  • Master’s paper

Graduation requires a minimum of 42 credits. The structure of the program is as follows:

Online OHN Program:

  • The program of study will be divided between internet-based learning, independent study, and on-campus study for 2 summer sessions, 1 week each.
  • 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).
  • The program can be completed in approximately 2-2½ years, but you will have five years from admission to complete the program of study.

Residential Program:

  • Full-time or part-time study
  • 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).
  • May be completed in 16 months (full-time).

Criteria for Admission

  • Registered Nurse
  • Baccalaureate degree in Nursing
  • Two years or more experience in occupational health nursing or in the field of occupational health and safety; experience in public health nursing or related field or emergency nursing may be considered
  • Minimum GPA: 3.0
  • Three letters of recommendation, two of which are academic and one from a professional colleague
  • Transcripts for all completed coursework and each degree received
  • GRE or equivalent entrance exam scores taken within five years of application (may not be required for applicants with a doctoral degree)
  • Personal statement describing professional goals related to occupational health/safety

Please contact Susan Randolph (susan.randolph@unc.edu) or Bonnie Rogers (rogersb@email.unc.edu) with any questions, or consult the Student Handbook (pdf).

Register for an  Online Information Session to learn more about the PHLP Occupational Health Nursing track.


Application for admission is a two-step process. Visit the the Gillings Program Search (GPS) for a breakdown of tasks for applications to the Residential or Online programs.


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Application deadlines:

Spring 2017 – October 1, 2016
Fall 2017 – January 2, 2017

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 inquiries to grad_residency@unc.edu.

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