PHLP: Certificate in Core Public Health Concepts (PHCP Online) Details

UNC Gillings Program Details
PHLP: Certificate in Core Public Health Concepts (PHCP Online)

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 Certificate in Core Public Health Concepts (PHCP Online)

Program Focus

This is an interdepartmental 15-credit hour program of graduate study covering the required core content taught within UNC’s MPH programs: epidemiology, biostatistics, health policy and management, environmental health, and health behavior. All courses are taught completely online. No travel to the UNC-Chapel Hill campus is required. Online certificates are available to any interested student NOT currently enrolled at UNC-Chapel Hill. After viewing the GPS overview, see our Certificate in Core Public Health Concepts partner page for additional information.

General Information

Minimum Credit Hours:
15
Expected Duration:
~2 yrs
Learning Environment:
Online
Application Cycle:
Fall; Spring
You may apply for spring 2014 admission between 9/1/2013 - 12/1/2013, and fall 2014 admission between 12/5/2013 - 5/15/2014. See application details page for more info.
Application Deadline 1:
May 15, 2014
You may apply for spring 2014 admission between 9/1/2013 - 12/1/2013, and fall 2014 admission between 12/5/2013 - 5/15/2014. See application details page for more info.

Applicant Information

Who Should Apply:
Those seeking knowledge and skills to equip them to analyze solutions to public health problems at the community, institutional and societal levels, and to broaden their knowledge and understanding of core public health
Applications Received:
~150
Applicants Admitted:
~125
Enrolled Student Demographics:
School-wide demographics:
  • 70% / 30% female to male
  • 38% 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)
  • 10% international
  • mean age of 31
Our School is committed to diversity and inclusion.
Total Students Enrolled:
~40
Incoming Class Size:
Matriculating class size for the program: 20-29

Program Costs & Funding

Estimated In-State Tuition & Fees:
~475 per credit hour
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:
~1,300 per credit hour
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:
None available.

Admissions Information

Prior Degree Required:
Bachelor's degree or international equivalent
Standardized Test(s) Accepted:
None required
Standardized Test(s) Scores:
School-wide: On average, incoming students had 77th percentile verbal and 65th 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.:
School-wide: Incoming students had a mean undergraduate GPA of 3.5
Letters of Recommendation Required:
Not required
Faculty-Student Match Required:
Not required
Interviews Required:
Not required
Work Experience Required:
Yes
Experience in a health or social science related field-includes volunteer experience (min of 3 years preferred).
Visit Opportunities:
Interested students are welcome to attend our School-wide open house.

During the Program

Required Courses:
  • ENVR 600 Environmental Health | Syllabus: http://sph.unc.edu/files/2013/07/600-0011.pdf
  • HBEH 600 Social and Behavioral Sciences in Public Health
  • EPID 600 Principles of Epidemiology
  • BIOS 600
  • HPM 600 Introduction to Health Policy and Management | Syllabus: http://sph.unc.edu/files/2013/11/600.pdf

Learn more about PHLP courses.

Comprehensive Exam Type(s):
No comprehensive exams
Capstone, Thesis or Dissertation:
None required
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.

NOTE: Certificate students don't have opportunity for global study outside courses comprising program.

After the Program

Employment Opportunities:
Local, regional and state health department staff and management positions whose duties span community assessment, assurance, and policy development
Example Job Responsibilities:
Implement community assessments and carrying out assurance and policy development activities

Program Contact:

Michele Fulton
Student Services Specialist
919-843-5758
4113 McGavran-Greenberg Hall
Campus Box 7469
Chapel Hill, NC
27599-7469