Program Details

Minimum Credit Hours

Application Cycle
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Application Deadline
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Expected Duration
1-2 Years
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The Foundational Core Course HBEH 748: Design Thinking for the Public Good (Spring). Priority will be given to students enrolled in the certificate.

Learning Environment

Dual Degree Options Available

How To Apply

Fee: $45

Application Deadline: N/a
(The Graduate School Application is a common application system for UNC-Chapel Hill programs.)
Application Steps

Start UNC Application

1. Important Note(s):

See program details for requirements such as perquisites, prior degree, work experience, any test score waivers, as well as a tuition estimate and program overview.

2.Applicant information, including North Carolina residency information.

3. Educational history
Please upload a copy of your most recent transcript(s), including your current term grades, if applicable. (If grades are not yet available, send them to the UNC Gillings program contact as soon as they become available.) Be sure the transcript reflects the name of the institution and any degrees you received.

6. Community Standards
You will be asked about honor code, crime, academic sanction, military discharge, etc.

7. Upload your personal statement

Upload a document that answers the following questions (no more than 2 pages).

    • State your purpose in applying for this program.
    • Explain how the certificate will be of value to you.
    • Describe any experience you have had with distance education.
    • Ten-twelve hours of student work per course, per week are required for successful course completion. Describe how you will schedule that time.
    • If you will be working full-time, explain what mechanisms you have or can put in place to ensure that you will be able to handle the demands of both work and school. Specifically, detail the support your supervisor has offered and whether release from work/school is available.
    • Describe what contributions you could make to this certificate program.
    • Please list all college level math courses you have taken–(honors courses taken in high school can be included).


8. Upload your resume or CV.

9. Enter names of recommenders. UNC will then send them an email with instructions for submitting a letter on your behalf. We encourage references from professors or teachers (or teaching assistants) or work/research supervisors who have worked directly and closely with you and who can speak about you with specificity.

  • 3 (academic and/or professional; at least one academic)

10. Document submission (check legibility of uploads)

11. Pay the Graduate School application fee.

12.Track your progress.

You will be able to track status through the Graduate School application. Once a decision is made, you will receive an email instructing login to the Graduate School application portal to see the decision letter.

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1. SPH application review:

  • No interview required.

Department recommendation will be sent to the Graduate School for final approval.

2. UNC Graduate School application review and final decision:
The UNC Graduate School reviews all admissions recommendations made by programs. Once final decisions have been made, the Graduate School will send you an email instructing login to the Graduate School application portal to see the decision letter.

Applicant Information

Who Should Apply
Current, residential School of Public Health graduate student who has an interest in informatics or is working on an informatics related concentration.

Admissions Information

Prior Degree Required
Baccalaureate degree from an accredited undergraduate institution.

Required Prerequisites
Currently enrolled in a masters or doctoral student at UNC-Chapel Hill.

Standardized Tests Accepted

Standardized Test Scores
None required.

Letters of Recommendation Required
Not Required.

Faculty-Student Match Required
Not required.

Interviews Required
Not Required.

Work Experience Required
Not Required.

Visit Opportunities
Learn about opportunities to come to UNC Gillings to meet faculty, staff, and current students. If you are unable to come to campus – don’t worry – our representatives attend a variety of recruitment events around the United States as well as host virtual fairs and webinars.

During and After The Program

Required Courses

    • HBEH 748: Design Thinking for the Public Good (Spring). Priority will be given to students enrolled in the certificate.
    • EDUC 818: Intervention Research and Social Entrepreneurship (Spring). Up to 10 seats will be available.
    • HPM 890.002/966: Systems Thinking and Collective Impact (Fall) 
    • PLCY 690/790: Methods and Tools for Social Entrepreneurship (Spring). Priority will be given to   students enrolled in the certificate.
    • If needed, students may substitute the following courses for this requirement:• EDUC 767: Educational Innovation and Technology, Integrative Seminar I (Fall)
      • MBA 833A: Systems Thinking for Sustainablen Enterprise (Spring). Taught in seminar (weekend) format.
      • MBA 833D: Sustainability Reporting & Certification  (Fall). Taught in seminar (weekend) format.
      • MEJO 463: News Lab (Fall, Spring)
      • MEJO 530: Green Design Lab (Fall, Spring)
      • PLCY 435: Designing for Impact: Social Enterprise Lab (Fall)
      • SOWO 875: Community Theory and Practice (Fall)3 Credits: Social Innovation in Practice. Choose from the following list of courses:
      • EDUC 790: Special Topics Design of Emerging Technologies for Education (Fall)
      • GLBL: 401: Paradigms of Development and Social Change (Spring)
      • GLBL: 450: Social Change in Times of Crisis: Re-imagining How We Know, Think and Do Change (Spring)
      • GLBL: 487H Social Movements Rethinking Globalization: From the Zapatistas to Occupy Wall Street to # Black Lives Matter (Fall)
      • INLS 584: Information Ethics (Spring)
      • MBA 803C: Corporate Communication: Social Advocacy & Activism (Fall, Spring)
      • MBA 824: Management of Workplace Diversity (Fall, Spring)
      • MEJO 671: Social Marketing Campaigns (Fall, Spring)
      • PLCY 485: Poverty, Health, and Human Development in Low Income Countries (Fall)
      • PLCY 530: Educational Problems and Policy Solutions (Fall, Spring)
      • PLCY 565: Global Health Policy (Fall, Spring)
      • PLCY 575: Innovation, Science and Public Policy (Spring)
      • PUBA 756: Nonprofit Management (Fall)
      • PUBA 757/SOWO 885: Financial Management for Nonprofits (Spring)
      • PUBA 758: Navigating Nonprofit-Local Government Relationships in Organizations (Spring)
      • PUBA 763: Grant Writing (1.5 credits) (Fall, Spring)
      • PUBH 718: Designing Public Health Systems (Fall)
      • SOWO 793: Asset Development Policy and Practice (Spring)
      • SOWO 831: Substance Abuse (1.5 credits, Spring)
      • SOWO 832: Child Welfare Policy, Practice and Advocacy (1.5 credits, Spring)
      • SOWO 835: Poverty Policy (1.5 credits, Spring)
      • SOWO 836: Health Access and Health Disparities (1.5 credits, Spring)
      • SOWO 837: Disabilities Policy (1.5 credits, Spring)
      • SPHG 428H: Public Health Entrepreneurship (Spring)

      All courses are 3 credits except where noted.

Employment Opportunities

Example Job Responsibilities

Additional Career Information
Career paths, job titles, employers, and destinations of our graduates.

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.

Jason West
Graduate Admissions Director

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Assistant to Chair: Wendi Seiler
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