Degrees and Certificates


Check out the beta version of our new Gillings Program Search (GPS) for prospective students. The GPS provides a search option for our School’s degree and non-degree programs, as well as the ability to drill down to an overview of each program’s quick facts and related information about how to apply. Find out more: click link(s) below to view more details about your program(s) of interest. See our School’s tuition and fees page for related information.


Doctor of Philosophy (PhD Residential)

Students develop research and teaching skills in epidemiology through coursework, doctoral research, practice opportunities, and preliminary doctoral examinations.

Master's-to-Doctoral Program (MSPH-PhD Residential)

Students develop research and teaching skills in epidemiology through coursework, master’s and doctoral research, practice opportunities, and preliminary doctoral examinations.

Master of Public Health (MPH Residential)

Terminal degree program for physicians, veterinarians, dentists and other doctoral-level professionals. Typically, this degree is sought by applicants planning for clinical or administrative careers.

Master of Public Health with Veterinary Epidemiology Concentration (MPH Residential)

Provides graduate training for veterinarians interested in pursuing public health service-oriented careers with local, state, federal and international public health and animal health agencies. This program is offered in collaboration with the College of Veterinary Medicine at North Carolina State University.

Master of Science in Clinical Research (MSCR Residential)

Develops the skills necessary for a successful career as a principal investigator and collaborator in clinical/translational research. The program emphasizes study design, fundamentals of data analysis and collaboration with methodologists (including biostatisticians); proposal development/grant writing, interdisciplinary collaboration, project oversight (including patient safety and IRB compliance), presentation of study results, and professional development. The MSCR program is jointly sponsored by the TraCS (North Carolina Translational and Clinical Sciences) Institute.

Certificate in Field Epidemiology (FEPI Online)

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.

Graduate Certificate in Interdisciplinary Health Disparities (CIHD Residential)

Provides training that supports a long-term and sustained public health effort toward addressing and ultimately eliminating public health disparities experienced by African-Americans, Hispanics, American Indians, Alaska Natives, Asian-Americans, and Pacific Islanders, compared to the U.S. as a whole. Students enrolled in the Interdisciplinary Health Disparities Certificate Program will gain a synthesis of knowledge across a variety of disciplines and an expanded depth of the nature and causality of health disparities and be able to translate knowledge into effective action within the U.S. and across the globe. This residential certificate program is available to current degree-seeking residential UNC system affiliate graduate students and professional learners enrolled in the Part-Time Classroom Studies program through the William and Ida Friday Center for Continuing Education.

Graduate Certificate in Global Health (CGH Residential)

This residential, interdisciplinary program of study 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. Students will gain competence with satisfying and analyzing factors that generate disparities in health status, health resources , and access to health information and health services, particularly for ethnic minorities and other marginalized and vulnerable populations groups. In conferring a Global Health Certificate, UNC Gillings acknowledges students’ capability and capacity to perform as public health professionals with a global perspective and with collaborative and cross-cultural sensitivity and skills. Residential certificate programs are available to students currently enrolled in a residential graduate degree program at UNC-Chapel Hill.

Graduate Certificate in Interdisciplinary Health Communication (CIHC Residential)

Provides current degree-seeking residential UNC graduate students with specialized training in health communication. Courses are designed to build expertise for applied practice, academic, and research settings. IHC faculty represent 6 disciplines and conduct research on e-health, message tailoring, risk communication, health decision-making, dissemination, media effects, usability of electronic medical information, and health marketing. Residential certificate programs are available to students currently enrolled in a residential graduate degree program at UNC Gillings.

Graduate Certificate in Public Health Informatics (CPHI Residential)

This 12-credit hour specialized educational option prepares graduates for a variety of public health informatician roles. Combining the existing strength of the SPH curriculum and the informatics curriculum at the School of Information and Library Science (SILS), it will offer focused education with emphasis on public health information systems, information management and manipulation as well as evidence-based public health policy. The PHI certificate is envisioned as complementary to a graduate degree from SPH. Residential certificate programs are available to students currently enrolled in a residential graduate degree program at UNC Gillings.


Degrees and Certificates
The Department of Epidemiology offers a master’s and a doctoral degree and cosponsors a certificate. The Master’s and Doctoral programs offer a body of research skills, together with the opportunity to work closely with faculty on key research questions, and to share the challenge and rewards that epidemiology provides.

Master of Public Health (MPH)
The Master of Public Health (MPH) is a terminal degree program for physicians and other doctoral-level professionals. The MPH degree requires a minimum of 42 semester hours of credit, and is designed as a two-year program. MPH students with limited time on campus may compress the course and examination requirements into eighteen months.

MPH degree requirements

Master of Public Health Program (MPH) with a Veterinary Epidemiology Concentration
The Department of Epidemiology, in collaboration with the North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine, is jointly sponsoring a targeted curriculum opportunity for veterinarians interested in careers in public health. This 2 year program requires a minimum of 56 total credit hours. This unique program is designed to provide graduate training for veterinarians interested in pursuing public health service oriented careers with local, state, federal and international public health and animal health agencies.

Masters of Science in Clinical Research (MSCR)
The MSCR program is an interdisciplinary research degree program housed within the Department of Epidemiology in the Gillings School of Global Public Health but jointly sponsored by the TraCS (North Carolina Translational and Clinical Sciences) Institute (tracs.unc.edu). The program is designed to develop the skills necessary for a successful career as a principal investigator and collaborator in clinical/translational research. The MSCR requires a minimum of 36 semester hours of credit and is designed as a two-year program with at least two full semesters in residence. The program may be completed on either a part-time or full-time basis.

MSCR degree requirements

For additional information regarding the MSCR program, contact Susan Pusek, Director, Education Programs, TraCS Institute (919-966-0128, suspusek@med.unc.edu). If you have questions related to the application process, please contact Carmen Woody, Student Services Manager (919-966-7458; carmen_woody@unc.edu).

Which degree program? Differences between the MSCR and MPH

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in epidemiology prepares students for careers in research and teaching, often at a university, federal or state agency, or private research institution. Students develop research and teaching skills in epidemiology through coursework and practice opportunities. The doctoral program includes coursework, preliminary doctoral examinations, and doctoral research. Students who have already earned a relevant master’s or professional degree (MD, DDS, DVM, etc.) typically complete the doctorate in three to five years after admission.

Students who have not earned a relevant master’s or professional degree may still be admitted to the doctoral program; however, these students are required to complete the Master of Science in Public Health (MSPH) in the Department of Epidemiology before they begin their doctoral coursework. This may add one to two years to the program. These applicants should still apply directly to the PhD program.

PhD requirements

Questions? Please contact: Carmen A. Woody, Student Services Specialist. Phone: (919) 966-7458 Email: carmen_woody@unc.edu

Certificate in Field Epidemiology
The Certificate in Field Epidemiology is cosponsored by the Department of Epidemiology and the Public Health Leadership Program.

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 Differences between the MSCR and MPH

The Master of Public Health (MPH) in the Department of Epidemiology is a terminal degree program for physicians and other doctoral-level professionals. The MPH requires core courses in health policy, health behavior, environmental sciences, epidemiology and biostatistics. The MPH is intended to be a professional degree, preparing persons for a career in public health that may or may not include research.

 

The MSCR is an interdisciplinary research degree. Students will focus on clinical and translational research methods that can be applied to their field of research. Thus, the strongest applicants are those who have substantive training in a specific content area (“a professional identity”), who identify a research mentor and who wish to embark on a career in research in that field. Applicants are encouraged to include a letter of recommendation from this mentor in their application.