PHLP: Certificate in Public Health Leadership (PUBL Online + campus visit(s)) Details

UNC Gillings Program Details
PHLP: Certificate in Public Health Leadership (PUBL Online + campus visit(s))

Overview of PHLP Certificate in Public Health Leadership (PUBL Online + campus visit(s))

Program Focus

An 11-credit hour program of graduate study covering the core content taught in PHLP’s Leadership MPH concentration. Beneficial to public health professionals aiming to further develop their leadership skills and potential. The curriculum is designed to provide leadership development directed at the individual, team, organizational and community levels within the context of public health and healthcare. Students will master competencies that will enable them to have a greater influence and effectiveness within their organizations. Students will be able successfully complete this program while only traveling to the UNC-Chapel Hill campus once.Online certificates are available to any interested student NOT currently enrolled at UNC-Chapel Hill. After viewing the GPS overview, see our Public Health Leadership Certificate partner page for additional information.

General Information

Minimum Credit Hours:
Expected Duration:
1 yr
Learning Environment:
Online + campus visit(s)
Application Cycle:
See application details page for more info.
Application Deadline 1:
February 3, 2017
See application details page for more info.

Applicant Information

Who Should Apply:
Experienced public health practitioners who have assumed greater administrative and management responsibilities and seek additional training in leadership skills; Public health nurses and other public health specialists who want to broaden their knowledge and education to encompass leadership skills; Public health and other healthcare professionals who want to learn how to improve their team leadership skills; Health or social service related professionals who may not need a full MPH, but wish to enhance their professional knowledge of how to be an effective leader in public health organizations; Those wishing to pursue an MPH and expecting to use these credits towards that goal
Applications Received:
Applicants Admitted:
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:
Incoming Class Size:
Matriculating class size for the program: 20-29

Program Costs & Funding

Estimated In-State Tuition & Fees:
~$520 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:
~$1,320 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.
None available.

Admissions Information

Prior Degree Required:
Most students have a BA or higher. Applicants with an Associate's degree or certification in their field and equivalent, related experience may be considered.
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:
Priority is given to those with at least five years of work experience in a health or social science related field.
Visit Opportunities:

Interested students are welcome to attend our School-wide open house.

During the Program

Required Courses:
  • PUBH 790 Leadership Assessment | Syllabus:
  • PUBH 747 Project Management Principles and Practices | Syllabus:
  • PUBH 791 Core Principles of Public Health | Syllabus:
  • Electives:
    • PUBH 730 Quality Improvement and Leadership | Syllabus:
    • PUBH 731 Public Health and Social Marketing | Syllabus:
    • PUBH 735 Policy Development | Syllabus:
    • PUBH 745 Community Assessment and Health Improvement | Syllabus:
    • PUBH 785 Interdisciplinary Approaches to Occupational Health | Syllabus:
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 health department and NGO staff and management and other leadership activities; contract research and other health organizations; project and administrative management
Example Job Responsibilities:
Manage staff; continuous quality improvement and other change initiatives; other assurance and leadership activities; strategic planning
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:

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