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Undergraduate Program Show Details

HPM Bachelor of Science in Public Health (BSPH Residential)

Program mission: To develop responsible graduates who have the necessary knowledge, skills, and values to pursue successful careers in service to others in health systems in the U.S. and abroad. The program aims to prepare students for both entry-level positions and for advanced degree programs (e.g. graduate school, medical school, law school). What are the strengths of our program?

What are our students interested in? The following questions reflect just a few of the diverse interest areas our students explore while in the program:

  • Health disparities:What can we do to address the causes of health disparities both in the U.S. and internationally?
  • Health reform: In what ways will health reform change the future of U.S. healthcare?
  • Access to care: What can be done to improve access to healthcare for underserved populations?
  • Healthcare quality and costs: How can we improve quality of care while also managing rising healthcare expenditures?
  • Health promotion & disease prevention: What can we do to address preventable illnesses caused by tobacco use, obesity, and physical inactivity?
  • Global Health: How do other countries deliver healthcare and what can the U.S. learn from their successes and failures? How can we improve health systems and services in low resource countries?
  • Management and Leadership: How can we best lead organizations and partnerships toward providing high quality services and achieving great outcomes?

For a thorough introduction to the HPM BSPH Program and ways to meet current students, please visit our BSPH Program website.

Master of Public Health (MPH) Program Show Details

HPM Master of Public Health in Health Policy (MPH Residential)

Hosted by the Gillings School’s nationally top-ranked Department of Health Policy and Management, the Health Policy concentration trains the next generation of leaders in policymaking and practice so they can address the complex challenges of health care delivery and produce cutting-edge analyses. We prepare our students to improve population health. We’re known for our dedication to, and excellence in, teaching, together with our individualized approaches to student learning.

The Health Policy concentration prepares students with the skills required to design, implement and evaluate health care and public health policies in a variety of settings, and to advocate for and lead changes in a policy setting. Students gain an intricate understanding of the current U.S. health care system and the politics and environment that shape policy decisions. Students also learn policy analysis and advocacy skills, as well as foundational management skills necessary to plan for and effectively manage financial and human resources. Graduates of the Health Policy concentration are recognized as strategic thinkers and problem solvers.

Other Master’s (MHA, MS, MSCR, MSEE, MSPH) Programs Show Details

HPM Master of Healthcare Administration (MHA Online + campus visit(s))

Students gain a comprehensive understanding of public health/healthcare, management methods, finance and values and are provided with an insight to 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). The MHA program is CAHME accredited.

HPM Master of Healthcare Administration (MHA Residential)

Focuses on developing competencies for students interested in pursuing careers in healthcare management and consulting. A broad range of management competencies are addressed including finance, leadership, human resources management, information technology and healthcare strategy. Provides strong preparation in excel and finance.

HPM Master of Science in Public Health (MSPH Residential)

The MSPH degree is particularly appropriate for individuals interested in pursuing careers at consulting firms, contract research organizations, federal and state government entities, think tanks, non-governmental organizations, health insurers, and international health organizations. Students obtain a comprehensive understanding of the healthcare system, research and analytic methods.

HPM Dual Master of Healthcare Administration and Master of Business Administration (MHA-MBA Residential)

Provides strong preparation in the management disciplines, a comprehensive understanding of the healthcare sector, and experiential elements, shaping leaders who have mastered functional knowledge and analytical skills

HPM Dual Master of Healthcare Administration and Master of City and Regional Planning (MHA-MCRP Residential)

Provides strong preparation in the management disciplines, a comprehensive understanding of the healthcare sector, and experiential elements, along with a sound base in planning theory and methods and a broad perspective on planning as a public activity under the overarching concept of sustainable development.

HPM Dual Master of Healthcare Administration and Master of Science in Information Science (MHA-MSIS Residential)

Provides strong preparation in the management disciplines, a comprehensive understanding of the healthcare sector, and experiential elements, along with the ability to design, develop, and maintain information systems and networks, and provide leadership in the development of new technologies and new applications relating to the delivery of information to users.

HPM Dual Master of Healthcare Administration and Master of Science in Library Science (MHA-MSLS Residential)

Provides strong preparation in the management disciplines, a comprehensive understanding of the healthcare sector, and experiential elements, along with application of tools and technologies to information problems and collection, organization, storage, and retrieval of recorded knowledge.

HPM Dual Master of Science in Public Health and Master of Business Administration (MSPH-MBA Residential)

The MSPH degree is particularly appropriate for individuals interested in pursuing careers at consulting firms, contract research organizations, federal and state government entities, think tanks, non-governmental organizations, health insurers, and international health organizations. Students obtain a comprehensive understanding of the healthcare system, research and analytic methods.

Provides a comprehensive understanding of healthcare system, policy analysis, and analytic methods, to shape leaders who have functional knowledge and analytical skills.

HPM Dual Master of Science in Public Health and Master of City and Regional Planning (MSPH-MCRP Residential)

The MSPH degree is particularly appropriate for individuals interested in pursuing careers at consulting firms, contract research organizations, federal and state government entities, think tanks, non-governmental organizations, health insurers, and international health organizations. Students obtain a comprehensive understanding of the healthcare system, research and analytic methods.

Provides a comprehensive understanding of the healthcare system, policy analysis, and analytic methods, along with a combination of planning theory and methods, and substantive knowledge of planning, spatial development, and public policy.

HPM Dual Master of Science in Public Health and Master of Science in Information Science (MSPH-MSIS Residential)

The MSPH degree is particularly appropriate for individuals interested in pursuing careers at consulting firms, contract research organizations, federal and state government entities, think tanks, non-governmental organizations, health insurers, and international health organizations. Students obtain a comprehensive understanding of the healthcare system, research and analytic methods.

Provides a comprehensive understanding of the healthcare system, policy analysis, and analytic methods, along with ability to design, develop, and maintain information systems and networks and provide leadership in the development of new technologies and applications relating to the delivery of information to users.

HPM Dual Master of Science in Public Health and Master of Science in Library Science (MSPH-MSLS Residential)

The MSPH degree is particularly appropriate for individuals interested in pursuing careers at consulting firms, contract research organizations, federal and state government entities, think tanks, non-governmental organizations, health insurers, and international health organizations. Students obtain a comprehensive understanding of the healthcare system, research and analytic methods.

Provides a comprehensive understanding of the healthcare system, policy analysis, and analytic methods. Application of tools and technologies to information problems, and collection, organization, storage, and retrieval of recorded knowledge.

Doctoral Programs Show Details

HPM Doctor of Philosophy (PhD Residential)

Combines rigorous training in research methodology with substantive knowledge to provide the academic foundation and research experience to become creative and independent researchers.

HPM Executive Doctoral Program in Health Leadership (DrPH Online + campus visit(s))

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 two years (for 3-4 days each visit).

Certificate Programs Show Details

HPM Certificate in Community Preparedness and Disaster Management (PHDM Online + campus visit(s))

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.

HPM, SPH 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.