HPM: Doctor of Philosophy (PhD Residential) Details

UNC Gillings Program Details
HPM: Doctor of Philosophy (PhD Residential)

Overview of HPM Doctor of Philosophy (PhD Residential)

Program Focus

Combines rigorous training in research methodology with substantive knowledge to provide the academic foundation and research experience to become creative and independent researchers.

General Information

Minimum Credit Hours:
43+
Required prerequisite courses credit hours do not count toward the 43 credit hours to complete the PhD program.
Expected Duration:
4-5 yrs
Learning Environment:
Residential
Dual Degree Options Available:
No
Application Cycle:
Fall
See application details page for more info.
Application Deadline 1:
January 13, 2015
See application details page for more info.

Applicant Information

Who Should Apply:
Applicants with master's and/or experience who seek careers conducting health services/health policy research
Applications Received:
~115
Applicants Admitted:
~20
Enrolled Student Demographics:
  • 75% / 25% female to male
  • 29% minority, including 13% 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 31
Our School is committed to diversity and inclusion.
Total Students Enrolled:
~55
Incoming Class Size:
Matriculating class size for the program: 11-15

Program Costs & Funding

Estimated In-State Tuition & Fees:
~11,000 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:
~$27,500 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:
All PhD students are funded for their first two years, and virtually all students are funded for their entire time in the program. 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.

  • 77% of students received some tuition support.
  • 27% of students received some loans.
  • 4% of students received non-service awards.
  • 77% received some teaching assistantships, research assistantships, or other temporary compensation.

Admissions Information

Prior Degree Required:
Master's degree or relevant experience
Required Prerequisites:
  • HPM 754 Health Care in the United States Structure and Policy | Syllabus: http://sph.unc.edu/files/2013/07/754.pdf
  • BIOS 600
  • EPID 600 Principles of Epidemiology | Syllabus: http://sph.unc.edu/files/2013/07/sample_schedule_epid600_classroom.pdf
  • HPM 880
  • SPHG 600 Introduction to Public Health
Standardized Test(s) Accepted:
GRE (TOEFL/IELTS for int'l students only.)
Or acceptable doctoral degree. GMAT accepted for Finance minors 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 83rd percentile verbal and 72nd 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:
Students must have a faculty advisor prior to admittance. Interested students should reference our faculty interests page and contact faculty directly.
Interviews Required:
Department will contact selected applicants for interviews.
Work Experience Required:
Preferred
Visit Opportunities:
Please contact Ms. Lynnette Jones to schedule a department visit.

During the Program

Required Courses:
Fall 1:
  • BIOS 600
  • HPM 754 Health Care in the United States Structure and Policy | Syllabus: http://sph.unc.edu/files/2013/07/754.pdf
  • HPM 880
  • HPM 884 Health Services/Health Policy Research Methods I | Syllabus: http://sph.unc.edu/files/2013/07/884.pdf
  • HPM 873 Policy Seminar in Health Policy and Management | Syllabus: http://sph.unc.edu/files/2013/11/873.pdf
  • HPM 874 Advanced Research Seminar in HPM | Syllabus: http://sph.unc.edu/files/2013/11/874.pdf
  • BIOS 600 or approved substitutes SPGH 600 or HPM 611
Spring 1:
  • HPM 881
  • HPM 885
  • HPM 873 Policy Seminar in Health Policy and Management | Syllabus: http://sph.unc.edu/files/2013/11/873.pdf
  • HPM 874 Advanced Research Seminar in HPM | Syllabus: http://sph.unc.edu/files/2013/11/874.pdf
Fall 2:
  • HPM 882 Advanced Methodology in Health Policy and Management | Syllabus: http://sph.unc.edu/files/2013/07/882.pdf
  • HPM 886 Advanced Applications in Research Methods | Syllabus: http://sph.unc.edu/files/2013/07/886.pdf
  • HPM 874 Advanced Research Seminar in HPM | Syllabus: http://sph.unc.edu/files/2013/11/874.pdf
Spring 2:
  • HPM 883
  • HPM 874 Advanced Research Seminar in HPM | Syllabus: http://sph.unc.edu/files/2013/11/874.pdf
Fall 3: HPM 994
Comprehensive Exam Type(s):
Written comprehensive exam; oral proposal and dissertation defense
Capstone, Thesis or Dissertation:
Dissertation (HPM 994 Doctoral Dissertation
Practicum, Internships & Fieldwork:
Not required
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:
Academia; government; research organizations; policy organizations; private sector
Example Job Responsibilities:
Participating in and leading innovative health services/health policy research
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
Morris Weinberger
Adjunct Professor Distinguished Professor Research Professor
(919) 966-7385
1105B McGavran-Greenberg Hall
CB 7411
Chapel Hill, NC 27599
USA