Public Health Leadership Program MPH - Health Care and Prevention Track

HC&P students enjoy lunch at fall orientation. Photo © Lisa Marie Albert.

HC&P students enjoy lunch at fall orientation. Photo © Lisa Marie Albert.

The Health Care and Prevention (HC&P) track of the Public Health Leadership Program is designed specifically for physicians and physicians in training who desire training in population health and health care, in addition to their clinical training.

HC&P students and graduates highly value their MPH education. Read and view comments from recent students.

GPS-logo-smallCheck out more program details and information about how to apply to the Health Care and Prevention MPH program via our Gillings Program Search (GPS) for prospective students.

The HC&P MPH curriculum can be completed in 12 months if students enroll in a full-time program of study. It may also be spread out over a longer period of time and completed on a part-time basis; however, it must be done on campus in Chapel Hill. Many medical students elect to pursue the HC&P MPH degree after the clinical year, usually between the third and fourth years of medical school. Other students complete the degree as a part of a fellowship program or after beginning their professional careers. The flexible nature of the HC&P curriculum allows each student to tailor the program to best fit his or her needs.

To earn the MPH degree, students are required to meet School of Public Health core course requirements and to develop general competency in the concepts of population health. The following core courses have been designed specifically for this program: Clinical Epidemiology, Quantitative Methods for Health Care Professionals, Health Care in the United States, Strategies of Prevention for Clinicians, and Environmental Health. Students may choose elective courses in population sciences (health assessment, policy development, health care assurance), critical appraisal of the health literature, and other areas suited to their interests and career goals. Students also complete a Master’s Paper, a Practicum Experience, an oral presentation, and a written comprehensive examination. The MPH course of study requires a minimum of 42 credit hours. See the PHLP Student Handbook for more information on program guidelines and requirements.

Applications to the Health Care and Prevention track are accepted for Summer Session II or fall semester. The 2018 application deadline for both summer and fall admission is February 2. Medical students must have completed at least one clinical year prior to beginning the program.  For step-by-step instructions to the application process, see How to Apply.

For further information contact Program Director Cindy Feltner ( or Associate Director Sue Tolleson-Rinehart (