MCH: Dual Master of Science in Public Health and Master of Social Work (MSPH-MSW Residential) Details

UNC Gillings Program Details
MCH: Dual Master of Science in Public Health and Master of Social Work (MSPH-MSW Residential)

Our maternal and child health department was founded in 1950 and is one of the world's leading academic departments for research, teaching and practice. We are dedicated to improving the health of women, children and families -- domestically and globally. Our teaching program provides students with broad exposure to maternal and child health population needs and priorities, as well as the skills to become leaders of tomorrow. Our faculty members represent a rich mix of academic backgrounds and interests, contributing expertise and leadership in a wide range of disciplines. We invite you to join us as we embark upon an exciting new year of scholarship, leadership and service.

We weigh multiple factors in admissions decisions. If you have questions about your qualifications for the program, please contact us.

Overview of MCH Dual Master of Science in Public Health and Master of Social Work (MSPH-MSW Residential)

Program Focus

A cooperative arrangement between MCH and the School of Social Work (SSW): Provides students with grounding in the major factors associated with maternal health and child health, principles and methods for improving the health of mothers and children, and principles and methods of program planning, management, consultation and policy analysis in the U.S. and in international settings. The program provides skills related to program planning, implementation and evaluation; limited scientific investigation; computer applications; interdisciplinary functioning; and consultation as they relate to maternal and child health. The program aims to develop a public health perspective consistent with population-based strategies for solving community health problems, addressing the responsibility of government and the contributions of scientific investigation and the interdisciplinary approach.

General Information

Minimum Credit Hours:
81
>37 for MSPH and >44 for MSW
Expected Duration:
1.5 yrs
Learning Environment:
Residential
Dual Degree Options Available:
No
Application Cycle:
Fall
See application details page for more info.
Application Deadline 1:
January 3, 2014
See application details page for more info.
Application Deadline 2:
January 14, 2014
Deadlines vary - see "Application Details" for more information

Applicant Information

Who Should Apply:
Persons planning a career as a clinical or translational investigator who will assume leadership roles in research projects and research teams.
Applications Received:
~15
Applicants Admitted:
~5
Enrolled Student Demographics:
All Master's:
  • 71% / 29% female to male
  • 33% minority, including 20% underrepresented minorities (defined as Black or African American, Hispanic of any race, American Indian or Alaskan Native, Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander)
  • 7% international
  • mean age of 31
Our School is committed to diversity and inclusion.
Total Students Enrolled:
MSPH: <5
Incoming Class Size:
Matriculating class size for the program: 0-10

Program Costs & Funding

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

  • 42% of students received some tuition support.
  • 67% of students received some loans.
  • 8% of students received non-service awards.
  • 8% received some teaching assistantships, research assistantships, or other temporary compensation.

Admissions Information

Prior Degree Required:
Bachelor's degree
Required Prerequisites:
Admission to the UNC School of Social Work
Standardized Test(s) Accepted:
GRE
Preferred, may be waived dependent on prior degree. Standardized test scores are one of many factors we consider in making admissions decisions.
Standardized Test(s) Scores:
Department-wide: On average, incoming students had 74th percentile verbal and 56th 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.:
Department-wide: Incoming students had a mean undergraduate GPA of 3.4
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:
  • MHCH 701 Foundations of Maternal and Child Health
/;
  • MHCH 702
  • MHCH 717 Field Training in Maternal and Child Health
  • MHCH 718 Concurrent Field Training in Maternal and Child Health
  • MHCH 992 Master's Paper
; 2 of the following: (
  • 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
); SPH core courses: or SOWO 510 & SOWO 911),
  • ENVR 600 Environmental Health | Syllabus: http://sph.unc.edu/files/2013/07/600-0011.pdf
(or
  • ENVR 430 Health Effects of Environmental Agents | Syllabus: http://sph.unc.edu/files/2013/07/430.pdf
),
  • EPID 600 Principles of Epidemiology
(or
  • EPID 710 Fundamentals of Epidemiology | Syllabus: http://sph.unc.edu/files/2013/07/704278945_sy_epid710_20099.pdf
,
  • EPID 711 Clinical Measurement/Evaluation | Syllabus: http://sph.unc.edu/files/2013/07/701504469_sy_epid711_20099.pdf
/
  • PUBH 760 Clinical Measurement/Evaluation | Syllabus: http://sph.unc.edu/files/2013/07/701504469_sy_epid711_20099.pdf
),
  • HBEH 600 Social and Behavioral Sciences in Public Health
(or
  • MHCH 701 Foundations of Maternal and Child Health
/ &
  • MHCH 723 Introduction to Monitoring and Evaluation of MCH Programs
, or SOWO 500, SOWO 505, SOWO 510, SOWO 517, SOWO 530, SOWO 570 or PHYT 824)

Learn more about MCH courses.

Comprehensive Exam Type(s):
Comprehensive written and oral exams
Capstone, Thesis or Dissertation:
Master's paper (completed as in-depth study, research application and utilization, original research, or individualized alternative)
Practicum, Internships & Fieldwork:
At least 5.5 weeks full-time field training (6 credit hours)
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:
Project Director; Program Evaluator; Research Associate; Public Health Prevention Specialist in local, state and Federal government, non-profit, local health department, etc.
Example Job Responsibilities:
Design, implement and evaluate public health programs that improve perinatal health outcomes

Program Contact:

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