MCH: Master's-to-Doctoral Program (MPH-PhD Residential) Details

UNC Gillings Program Details
MCH: Master's-to-Doctoral Program (MPH-PhD Residential)

Overview of MCH Master's-to-Doctoral Program (MPH-PhD Residential)

Program Focus

Students earn the Master of Public Health (MPH) degree before enrolling in the PhD program. Students in the MtD program complete all requirements for the MPH, and, if approved to proceed to doctoral study, all requirements for the PhD.

General Information

Minimum Credit Hours:
95
42 for the MPH and 53 for the PhD.
Expected Duration:
5-6 yrs
Learning Environment:
Residential
Dual Degree Options Available:
No
Application Cycle:
Fall
See application details page for more info.
Application Deadline 1:
December 1, 2014
See application details page for more info.
Application Deadline 2:
December 16, 2014
Deadlines vary - see "Application Details" for more information

Applicant Information

Who Should Apply:
Applicants with a bachelor's degree who want to pursue a doctoral degree and who plan a research career, whether in basic or applied research, that focuses on the MCH population.
Applications Received:
~15
Applicants Admitted:
~5
Enrolled Student Demographics:
PhD:
  • 90% / 10% female to male
  • 29% minority, including 24% underrepresented minorities (defined as Black or African American, Hispanic of any race, American Indian or Alaskan Native, Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander)
  • 5% international
  • mean age of 31
Our School is committed to diversity and inclusion.
Total Students Enrolled:
PhD: ~20
Incoming Class Size:
Matriculating class size for the program: 0-10

Program Costs & Funding

Estimated In-State Tuition & Fees:
PhD: ~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:
PhD: ~$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:
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.
PhD:

  • 78% of students received some tuition support.
  • 33% of students received some loans.
  • 30% of students received non-service awards.
  • 67% received some teaching assistantships, research assistantships, or other temporary compensation.

Admissions Information

Prior Degree Required:
Bachelor's degree
Standardized Test(s) Accepted:
GRE
Standardized test scores are one of many factors we consider in making admissions decisions.
Standardized Test(s) Scores:
PhD: On average, incoming students had 76th percentile verbal and 75th 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.:
PhD: Incoming students had a mean undergraduate GPA of 3.3
Letters of Recommendation Required:
3 (academic and/or professional; academic preferred)
Faculty-Student Match Required:
Not required
Interviews Required:
Yes
Work Experience Required:
Yes
At least 1 year of relevant, post-undergraduate work experience is required.
Visit Opportunities:

The department hosts a recruiting visit in the spring (by invitation only) for promising prospective students. There are also School-wide conference calls and orientation opportunities.

During the Program

Required Courses:
  • BIOS 600
  • ENVR 600 Environmental Health | Syllabus: http://sph.unc.edu/files/2013/07/600-0011.pdf
  • EPID 600 Principles of Epidemiology | Syllabus: http://sph.unc.edu/files/2013/07/sample_schedule_epid600_classroom.pdf
); 3 of the following skills courses: (
  • MHCH 712
  • MHCH 713 Research Methods in Maternal and Child Health
  • MHCH 700 MHCH Planning and Evaluation
  • MHCH 715
  • MHCH 723 Introduction to Monitoring and Evaluation of MCH Programs
); ; MHCH 992 Master's Paper; and electives. After approval to proceed to PhD:MHCH 701 Foundations of Maternal and Child Health/MHCH 702 (if no MPH in MCH);
  • MHCH 801 Doctoral Seminar in Maternal and Child Health
  • MHCH 859 THEORETICAL PERSPECTIVES ON MATERNAL AND CHILD HEALTH
  • MHCH 862
  • MHCH 994 Doctoral Dissertation
;EPID 600 Principles of Epidemiology | Syllabus: http://sph.unc.edu/files/2013/07/sample_schedule_epid600_classroom.pdf or EPID 710 Fundamentals of Epidemiology | Syllabus: http://sph.unc.edu/files/2013/07/704278945_sy_epid710_20099.pdf or approved substitute if not completed in master's; 2 courses research methods; 2 multivariate statistics courses; Teaching seminar; 15 credit hours in a minor
Comprehensive Exam Type(s):
Comprehensive written and oral exams
Capstone, Thesis or Dissertation:
Master's paper; Dissertation
Practicum, Internships & Fieldwork:
Field training (8wks for MPH, 6wks for MSPH students); Teaching and research internships
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:
Professor in colleges and universities; Senior Research Scientist at research organizations; intervention development
Example Job Responsibilities:
Lead research focused on protecting/improving maternal/child health in domestic and global settings; Develop and/or evaluate programs and policy.
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:

Carrie Aldrich
Student Services Manager
(919) 966-2018
Rosenau Hall, Room 424
CB 7445
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7445
USA