PHLP: Master of Public Health with Occupational Health Nursing Concentration (MPH Residential) Details

UNC Gillings Program Details
PHLP: Master of Public Health with Occupational Health Nursing Concentration (MPH Residential)

The Public Health Leadership Program (PHLP) works to prepare public health practitioners for leadership positions by developing population-level knowledge and skills with an interdisciplinary emphasis. Building upon varied professional experience, students learn collaboratively to assess community health needs, develop innovative policies and programs and assure that new systems are maintained and improved.

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

Overview of PHLP Master of Public Health with Occupational Health Nursing Concentration (MPH Residential)

Program Focus

Provides education and training to professional nurses in occupational health nursing to promote worker health and safety. Interdisciplinary curriculum supports the scientific and disciplinary development of occupational health nursing and provides opportunities to apply knowledge through a mentored practicum experience. Students are prepared for leadership/ management positions in industry, government, and other occupational health settings, to act as consultants to business, industry, and government, and to provide program planning and evaluation expertise. After viewing the GPS overview, see our Residential MPH in Occupational Health Nursing partner page for additional information.

General Information

Minimum Credit Hours:
42
Expected Duration:
1.5-3 yrs
Learning Environment:
Residential
Dual Degree Options Available:
No
Application Cycle:
Fall; Spring
You may apply for spring 2014 admission between 9/1/2013 - 10/1/2013, and fall 2014 admission between 9/1/2013 - 3/1/2014. See application details page for more info.
Application Deadline 1:
March 1, 2014
You may apply for spring 2014 admission between 9/1/2013 - 10/1/2013, and fall 2014 admission between 9/1/2013 - 3/1/2014. See application details page for more info.
Application Deadline 2:
March 8, 2014
Deadlines vary - see "Application Details" for more information

Applicant Information

Who Should Apply:
RN seeking to expand expertise in occupational health nursing, and worker health and safety
Applications Received:
~10
Applicants Admitted:
~5
Enrolled Student Demographics:
All Residential MPH:
  • 57% / 43% 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)
  • 2% international
  • mean age of 31
Our School is committed to diversity and inclusion.
Total Students Enrolled:
All Residential MPH: ~80
Incoming Class Size:
Matriculating class size for the program: 0-10

Program Costs & Funding

Estimated In-State Tuition & Fees:
All Residential MPH: ~$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:
All Residential MPH: ~$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.
All Residential MPH:

  • 49% of students received some tuition support.
  • 21% of students received grants.
  • 52% of students received some loans.
  • 40% of students received non-service awards.
  • 6% received some teaching assistantships, research assistantships, or other temporary compensation.

Admissions Information

Prior Degree Required:
Bachelor's in nursing (BSN); RN licensure
Standardized Test(s) Accepted:
GRE
Standardized test scores are one of many factors we consider in making admissions decisions.
Standardized Test(s) Scores:
All Residential MPH: On average, incoming students had 60th percentile verbal and 58th 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.:
All Residential MPH: Incoming students had a mean undergraduate GPA of 3.6
Letters of Recommendation Required:
3 (academic and/or professional; at least one academic)
Faculty-Student Match Required:
Not required
Interviews Required:
Not required
Work Experience Required:
Yes
At least 2 years nursing experience is required. Experience in occupational health nursing or in occupational health and safety is preferred, but public health nursing, emergency nursing, or a related field may also be considered.
Visit Opportunities:
The department hosts a recruiting visit in the fall for promising prospective students. There are also School-wide conference calls and orientation opportunities.

During the Program

Required Courses:
  • PHNU 781 Occupational Health Nursing I: Occupational Health Assessment | Syllabus: http://sph.unc.edu/files/2014/01/phnu781_syllabus_2013_fall.pdf
  • PHNU 782 Occupational Health Nursing II: Occupational Health Programming | Syllabus: http://sph.unc.edu/files/2014/01/phnu782_syllabus_2013_fall.pdf
  • PHNU 785 Interdisciplinary Approaches to Occupational Health | Syllabus: http://sph.unc.edu/files/2014/01/pubh785_syllabus_2013_spring.pdf
  • PHNU 786 Occupational Safety and Ergonomics | Syllabus: http://sph.unc.edu/files/2014/01/phnu786_syllabus_2013_fall.pdf
  • PHNU 787 Fundamentals of Industrial Hygiene | Syllabus: http://sph.unc.edu/files/2014/01/phnu787_syllabus_2013_fall.pdf
  • PHNU 746 Public Health Program Planning and Evaluation | Syllabus: http://sph.unc.edu/files/2014/01/pubh746_syllabus_2013-fall.pdf
  • PHNU 748
  • PHNU 423 Industrial Toxicology | Syllabus: http://sph.unc.edu/files/2013/07/4231.doc
  • PUBH 866
  • PUBH 992 Master's Paper

Learn more about PHLP courses.

Comprehensive Exam Type(s):
Comprehensive written exam
Capstone, Thesis or Dissertation:
Master's paper
Practicum, Internships & Fieldwork:
Practicum
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:
Occupational Health Nursing Manager, Director; OHN Consultant; Director of the Office of Occupational Health Nursing at US Dept of Labor; Director, Health and Wellness, McHenry County College; Deputy Chief of Preventive Medicine, US Army; Leadership positions in industry, government, and other occupational health settings
Example Job Responsibilities:
Implement and manage occupational health surveillance programs; develop occupational health services; develop health promotion and protection programs; evaluate occupational health services

Program Contact:

Susan Randolph
Clinical Assistant Professor
(919) 966-0979
Rm 337 1700 Airport Rd
CB 7502
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7502
USA