HB: Master of Public Health (MPH Residential) Details

UNC Gillings Program Details
HB: Master of Public Health (MPH Residential)

Overview of HB Master of Public Health (MPH Residential)

Program Focus

Program integrates social and behavioral science theory, research, and practice through core courses, community-based fieldwork, and professional development and career support. Students use a social ecological framework to study, develop, and evaluate interventions and policies to promote health, prevent disease and injury, and reduce health disparities. The HB MPH program prepares students for leadership positions in a wide range of public health settings.

General Information

Minimum Credit Hours:
54
26 HB, 12 SPH, 16 elective credits
Expected Duration:
2 yrs
Learning Environment:
Residential
Dual Degree Options Available:
Application Cycle:
Fall
See application details page for more info.
Application Deadline 1:
January 2, 2015
See application details page for more info.
Application Deadline 2:
January 13, 2015
Deadlines vary - see "Application Details" for more information

Applicant Information

Who Should Apply:
Students who plan to seek careers as public health practitioners in a variety of settings. Ideal candidates have experience in and commitment to public health, and demonstrate these qualities in their essays and letters of recommendation.
Applications Received:
~350
Applicants Admitted:
~100
Enrolled Student Demographics:
  • 93% / 7% female to male
  • 38% minority, including 31% underrepresented minorities (defined as Black or African American, Hispanic of any race, American Indian or Alaskan Native, Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander)
  • 0% international
  • mean age of 27
Our School is committed to diversity and inclusion.
Total Students Enrolled:
~95
Incoming Class Size:
Matriculating class size for the program: 40+

Program Costs & Funding

Estimated In-State Tuition & Fees:
~$15,000 per year
Estimates for this academic year only. Does not include summer tuition and fees. Additional special School/course/course overload/program/other fees may apply. See the UNC Finance Division's website for the most current data.
Estimated Out-of-State Tuition & Fees:
~$31,000 per year
Estimates for this academic year only. Does not include summer tuition and fees. Additional special School/course/course overload/program/other fees may apply. See the UNC Finance Division's website for the most current data.
Funding:
For 2011-2012, students in this program received funding from various UNC sources, including department, School and University. Data below include only funding administered by UNC. Categories are not mutually exclusive.

  • 69% of students received some tuition support.
  • 23% of students received grants.
  • 75% of students received some loans.
  • 11% of students received non-service awards.
  • 51% received some teaching assistantships, research assistantships, or other temporary compensation.

Admissions Information

Prior Degree Required:
Bachelor's degree
Required Prerequisites:
None
Standardized Test(s) Accepted:
GRE, MCAT
Standardized test scores are one of many factors we consider in making admissions decisions.
Standardized Test(s) Scores:
On average, incoming students had 81st percentile verbal and 62nd percentile quantitative. Standardized test scores are one of many factors we consider in making admissions decisions. If you have concerns about your scores, please talk with us.
Undergrad G.P.A.:
Incoming students had a mean undergraduate GPA of 3.5
Letters of Recommendation Required:
3 (academic and/or professional)
Faculty-Student Match Required:
Not required
Interviews Required:
Not required
Work Experience Required:
Preferred
Preference is given to applicants with the equivalent of 1-2 years full-time work or sustained volunteer experience in public health/health behavior.
Visit Opportunities:

There is at least one open-house event in the spring for both admitted applicants and applicants awaiting an admissions decision.

During the Program

Required Courses:
  • HBEH 700 Introduction to Public Health and Public Health Education | Syllabus: http://sph.unc.edu/files/2014/09/HB_sy_hbeh700_fall2014.pdf
  • HBEH 703 Program Management Part I | Syllabus: http://sph.unc.edu/files/2014/09/HB_sy_hbeh703_fall2014.pdf
  • HBEH 704 Program Management Part II
  • HBEH 730 Theoretical Foundations of Behavior and Social Science | Syllabus: http://sph.unc.edu/files/2014/09/HB_sy_hbeh730_fall2014.pdf
  • HBEH 742 MPH Practicum | Syllabus: http://sph.unc.edu/files/2014/02/HB_practicum_handbook_2014.pdf
  • HBEH 746 MPH Capstone I | Syllabus: http://sph.unc.edu/files/2014/09/HB_sy_hbeh746_fall2014.pdf
  • HBEH 750 Applied Research Methods | Syllabus: http://sph.unc.edu/files/2014/09/HB_sy_hbeh750_fall2014.pdf
  • HBEH 752 Public Health Intervention and Evaluation | Syllabus: http://sph.unc.edu/files/2014/09/HB_sy_hbeh752_fall2014.pdf
  • HBEH 753 Qualitative Research Methods | Syllabus: http://sph.unc.edu/files/2014/05/HB_sy_hbeh753_spring2014.pdf
  • HBEH 772 Planning Public Health Interventions | Syllabus: http://sph.unc.edu/?attachment_id=193460
  • HBEH 992 MPH Capstone Project | Syllabus: http://sph.unc.edu/files/2014/05/HB_sy_hbeh992_spring2014.pdf
Comprehensive Exam Type(s):
Comprehensive written exam in August before year 2 of program
Capstone, Thesis or Dissertation:
Capstone
Practicum, Internships & Fieldwork:
200- to 400-hour summer practicum (HBEH 742 MPH Practicum | Syllabus: http://sph.unc.edu/files/2014/02/HB_practicum_handbook_2014.pdf)
Global Options Available:

The UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health strives to integrate global content and approaches across the School’s courses, programs and degrees. We believe that every student should emerge from our School with an understanding of global health issues. Some courses are focused largely on global issues, others are designed so that global and local issues are intertwined and some still are evolving. Learn more about these options.

Many enrolled students will have the opportunity to pursue our graduate global health certificate, while others may choose global health courses, internships or independent study with global focus.

After the Program

Employment Opportunities:
Evaluation Specialist, Project Manager, Prevention Associate, Community Health Educator, Community Liaison Coordinator, Policy Analyst
Example Job Responsibilities:
Conduct community assessments; design, implement and evaluate public health interventions
The Gillings Program Search is a tool for exploring academic programs at the School. It is a prospectus for the current year to be used in consultation with an academic adviser and does not constitute the complete degree or program requirements for graduation or program completion.

Program Contact:

HB Admissions