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

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

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

Program Focus

An option only for students who have, or are expected to have, a terminal health professional or allied health professional degree.

General Information

Minimum Credit Hours:
42
Expected Duration:
1.5-2 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:
Persons who, by virtue of their prior health training, would benefit from more specialization, and who must complete their Master's degree in one year or less.
Applications Received:
~125
Applicants Admitted:
~70
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:
<5
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.

  • 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:
Terminal health-professional or allied health-professional degree (completed or in-progress) i.e. MD, MSN, MPH/MSW, MSW,DPT
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 717 Field Training in Maternal and Child Health
  • MHCH 718 Concurrent Field Training in Maternal and Child Health
  • MHCH 992 Master's Paper
; 2 skills courses, which may include (
  • 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
)
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:
Development of research protocols; data collection and analysis for research studies
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