Online Programs

The UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health offers online degree options, from master's and doctoral degrees to certificates and continuing education. Our new Global Online Master of Public Health (GO MPH™) provides working professionals from around the world with the essential skills to address current and emerging public health issues.

Master’s Programs

Master of Public Health with Global Online Track (MPH)
42 Credit Hours
Public Health Leadership Program
Focus of Degree:
The Online Global Public Health track is intended to provide working professionals from around the world with interdisciplinary knowledge and analytical skills needed to design, implement and evaluate policies and programs to address complex global public health issues as leaders in the field. Potential students will have a bachelor’s degree (e.g. in nursing, pharmacy, science, social science, engineering or public health), or a professional degree (e.g. in medicine, dentistry, and law), and preferably 3 years or more of work experience. After viewing the GPS overview, see our Global Online MPH partner page for additional information.

Master of Healthcare Administration (MHA)
49 Credit Hours
Health Policy and Management
Focus of Degree:
Students gain a comprehensive understanding of public health philosophy, methods, and values and are provided with an orientation to management and policy-related careers in health services management. The MHA program is designed to help students improve decision-making capabilities and leadership skills, especially for the delivery of healthcare services. Students must come to campus once in the fall (6 days), spring (4 days) and summer (4 days).

Master of Public Health (MPH)
49 Credit Hours
Health Policy and Management
Focus of Degree:
Students gain a comprehensive understanding of public health philosophy, methods, and values and are provided with an orientation to management and policy-related careers in the public health field. The MPH program is designed to help students improve decision-making capabilities and leadership skills, especially for the delivery of public health services. Students must come to campus once in the fall (6 days), spring (4 days) and summer (4 days).

Master of Public Health with Leadership Track (MPH)
42 Credit Hours
Public Health Leadership Program
Focus of Degree:
This program is designed for new and experienced professionals interested in public health practice and in strengthening their leadership capabilities in a public health context. Applicants come from a variety of disciplines and have a range of experiences. To meet their needs, we have designed a curriculum that builds on previous work experiences and that also allows some flexibility within the program of study. Students will be able to complete this program while only traveling to campus twice. After viewing the GPS overview, see our Online MPH in Leadership partner page for additional information.

Master of Public Health with Occupational Health Nursing Track (MPH)
42 Credit Hours
Public Health Leadership Program
Focus of Degree:
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 Online MPH in Occupational Health Nursing partner page for additional information.

Doctoral Programs

Executive Doctoral Program in Health Leadership (DrPH)
45+ Credit Hours
Health Policy and Management
Focus of Degree:
Designed for working healthcare professionals in the U.S. or abroad with the potential and ambition to become senior leaders and who are committed to improving the public’s health. Students must come to campus once in the fall, spring and summer (for 3-4 days each visit).

Certificate Programs

Certificate in Field Epidemiology (FEPI)
12 Credit Hours
Epidemiology, Public Health Leadership Program
Focus of Degree:
This is a 12-credit hour program of graduate study that addresses: core functions of outbreak investigation; surveillance systems and methods; infectious disease epidemiology; and field epidemiology methods. 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 Field Epidemiology partner page for additional information.

Certificate in Community Preparedness and Disaster Management (PHDM)
9 Credit Hours
Health Policy and Management
Focus of Degree:
Provides community leaders in public health, health services, emergency management, local and state government, the military and volunteers with the opportunity to enhance their knowledge of management systems used to mitigate and prepare for, respond to, and recover from natural and man-made disasters, including terrorism. Three courses are offered to each cohort, covering the administrative structures of disaster management at the local, state and federal levels; the science of disasters; methods to plan for and to analyze disasters; and planning and implementation of disaster management programs. This online certificate is available to anyone. Students must come to campus twice (for 2 days each visit) during the program.

Certificate in Core Public Health Concepts (PHCP)
15 Credit Hours
Public Health Leadership Program
Focus of Degree:
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.

Certificate in Global Health (PGHC)
9 Credit Hours
Public Health Leadership Program
Focus of Degree:
This is an interdisciplinary 9-credit hour program of graduate study that examines the complexities inherent in improving health on a global scale. Prepares students to work in changing environments and with diverse populations and to respond competently to health challenges presented by permeable geographic and cultural boundaries. All courses are taught completely online and 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 Online Global Health Certificate partner page for additional information.

Certificate in Occupational Health Nursing (POHN)
12 Credit Hours
Public Health Leadership Program
Focus of Degree:
This is an academic program of graduate study entailing 11-12 credits in coursework specially developed for distance education. All credits earned are completely transferable as part of the requirements for the completion of the OHN Concentration MPH degree. Students will be able to register, receive materials, interact with faculty and successfully complete this program while only traveling to campus once for eight days. Online certificates are available to any interested student NOT currently enrolled at UNC-Chapel Hill. After viewing the GPS overview, see our Occupational Health Nursing Certificate partner page for additional information.

Certificate in Public Health Leadership (PUBL)
11 Credit Hours
Public Health Leadership Program
Focus of Degree:
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.

Continuing Education

E is for Epi (CE-EEPI)
@4.5 Hours to Complete
North Carolina Institute for Public Health
Focus of Degree:
Provides an overview of epidemiology. Students complete this program online. No visits to campus are required.

Introduction to Public Health (CE-INTR)
@1.5 Hours to Complete
North Carolina Institute for Public Health
Focus of Degree:
Introduces health department employees to their roles and responsibilities in providing public health services in their communities. Also covered are the sources of law that pertain to public health, the organization and scope of the public health infrastructure, and the challenges facing public health in NC and beyond. Students complete this program online. No visits to campus are required.

Public Health Ethics (CE-PHE)
@4 Hours to Complete
North Carolina Institute for Public Health
Focus of Degree:
Promotes the ethical practice of public health. Focuses on the ethical principles of public health and by providing resources for creating an ethical climate in public health agencies and schools of public health. Students complete this program online. No visits to campus are required.