HPM: Master of Science in Public Health (MSPH Residential) Details

UNC Gillings Program Details
HPM: Master of Science in Public Health (MSPH Residential)

Overview of HPM Master of Science in Public Health (MSPH Residential)

Program Focus

Prepares students for careers in health policy analysis, planning, development, evaluation, and advocacy at local, state, federal, and international levels as well as in the private sector. Students obtain a comprehensive understanding of the healthcare system, health policy analysis, and program evaluation.

General Information

Minimum Credit Hours:
60
Expected Duration:
2 yrs
Learning Environment:
Residential
Dual Degree Options Available:
Application Cycle:
Fall
See application details page for more info.
Application Deadline 1:
February 10, 2015
See application details page for more info.

Applicant Information

Who Should Apply:
Individuals interested in pursuing careers in public policy, public advocacy organizations, consulting research organizations, federal and state government entities, public health departments, non-government
Applications Received:
~75
Applicants Admitted:
~45
Enrolled Student Demographics:
  • 88% / 13% female to male
  • 40% minority, including 28% underrepresented minorities (defined as Black or African American, Hispanic of any race, American Indian or Alaskan Native, Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander)
  • 13% international
  • mean age of 27
Our School is committed to diversity and inclusion.
Total Students Enrolled:
~40
Incoming Class Size:
Matriculating class size for the MSPH program: 20-25

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.

  • 66% of students received some tuition support.
  • 50% of students received grants.
  • 56% of students received some loans.
  • 20% of students received non-service awards.
  • 30% received some teaching assistantships, research assistantships, or other temporary compensation.

Admissions Information

Prior Degree Required:
Bachelor's degree
Required Prerequisites:
None, however we recommend a working knowledge of financial accounting, statistics and microeconomics.
Standardized Test(s) Accepted:
GRE, GMAT(TOEFL/IELTS for int'l students only.)
See Graduate School website for international student exceptions. 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 (recommend mix of academic and professional)
Faculty-Student Match Required:
Not required
Interviews Required:
Department will contact selected applicants for in-person interviews. For students living outside North America: Skype or telephone interview required.
Work Experience Required:
Yes
Some relevant work experience is required.
Visit Opportunities:

Please contact Ms. Jackie Siler to schedule a department visit.

During the Program

Required Courses:
Fall 1:
  • BIOS 600
  • HPM 601 Issues in Health Care | Syllabus: http://sph.unc.edu/files/2013/07/601.pdf
  • HPM 730 Leadership and Management of Health Care Organizations | Syllabus: http://sph.unc.edu/files/2013/07/730.pdf
  • HPM 743
  • HPM 754 Health Care in the United States Structure and Policy | Syllabus: http://sph.unc.edu/files/2013/07/754.pdf
  • HPM 762 Quality of Care | Syllabus: http://sph.unc.edu/files/2013/07/762.pdf
  • HPM 880
  • HPM 701 Professional Training I
Spring 1:
  • HPM 472
  • HPM 770
  • One of the following:
    • HPM 771
    • HPM 881
  • EPID 600 Principles of Epidemiology | Syllabus: http://sph.unc.edu/files/2013/07/sample_schedule_epid600_classroom.pdf
Fall 2:
  • HPM 710 Health Law | Syllabus: http://sph.unc.edu/files/2013/07/710.pdf
  • HPM 793 Health Policy and Management Internship
  • HPM 715 Health Economics for Policy and Management | Syllabus: http://sph.unc.edu/files/2013/07/715.pdf
  • HPM 772 Techniques for the Economic Evaluation of Health Care | Syllabus: http://sph.unc.edu/files/2013/07/772.pdf
  • HPM 789 Master's Paper Development | Syllabus: http://sph.unc.edu/files/2013/11/789.pdf
  • One of the following:
    • ENVR 600 Environmental Health | Syllabus: http://sph.unc.edu/files/2013/07/600-0011.pdf
    • HBEH 600 Social and Behavioral Sciences in Public Health | Syllabus: http://sph.unc.edu/files/2014/05/HB_sy_hbeh600_spring2014.pdf
  • HPM 702 Professional Training II
Spring 2:
  • HPM 992 Master's Paper
  • One of the following:
    • ENVR 600 Environmental Health | Syllabus: http://sph.unc.edu/files/2013/07/600-0011.pdf
    • HBEH 600 Social and Behavioral Sciences in Public Health | Syllabus: http://sph.unc.edu/files/2014/05/HB_sy_hbeh600_spring2014.pdf
  • HPM 703
Comprehensive Exam Type(s):
No comprehensive exams
Capstone, Thesis or Dissertation:
Master's paper (HPM 992 Master's Paper
Practicum, Internships & Fieldwork:
12-week internship and 3 semesters professional training
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:
Policy-related firms, health systems, global health agencies, academic settings
Example Job Responsibilities:
  • Work on a multidisciplinary teams doing policy development and evaluation work.
  • Provide expert guidance to health systems on issues of quality and effectiveness
  • Manage healthcare evaluation projects, including research grants, global interventions, and government initiatives.
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:

Lynnette Jones
Department Registrar
(919) 966-7391
119B Rosenau Hall
CB 7411
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7411
USA
Jacqueline M. Siler
Assistant Registrar
(919) 966-4609
120 Rosenau
CB 7411
Chapel Hill, NC 27599
USA
Bruce Fried
Associate Professor, and Director
(919) 966-7355
1104E McGavran-Greenberg Hall
CB 7411
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7411
USA