Application Deadline

Applications for admission for the fall semester are due the second Tuesday of January. See our next application deadline here.

Applications for the next academic year become available in September. Please see the link for online applications under Required Application Materials.

DrPH Admission Requirements

Students applying to the Doctoral Program in Health Leadership must meet the following minimum criteria:

  • Grade Point Average (GPA) of at least 3.0 in prior graduate study
  • Combined score of 1000 or score of 50th percentile or greater in the verbal and quantitative sections of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT). PLEASE NOTE: GRE or GMAT scores must not be more than five years old and applicants with professional doctoral degrees (MD, DO, DDS, JD) from U.S. or Canadian schools are exempted.
  • At least five years of post-graduate experience in the health field, with significant management or leadership responsibilities
  • A prior master’s or doctoral degree (not necessarily in public health)
  • Demonstrated leadership abilities
  • Full-time employment in the field
  • Motivation to obtain senior-level positions and to improve the public’s health
  • Evidence of excellent writing skills

While all students are expected to be academically qualified for doctoral-level study, special emphasis is placed on demonstrated leadership capacity and a practice-oriented career commitment.

Academic Preparation

Students without a MPH or MSPH degree from an accredited school of public health must successfully complete one core course – Foundational Learning Objective (FLO) – which is offered online. This course need not be completed before matriculating, but must be completed concurrently with the three-year DrPH program for students to graduate. Students will need to pay separately for this course (based on number of credit hours). Students may be able to seek an exemption from taking the required core course based on similar courses they took in their graduate studies before entering the DrPH program (if within the last five years), or based on professional experience. Students who are interested in exploring potential exemptions should look at the core course exemption/substitution application form at: https://sph.unc.edu/students/academic-and-policies/. (It is located within the Course Exemptions/Substitutions section).

Required Application Materials

  • Completion of online Graduate School application. Start your application by creating an account and following the instructions. Applications for the next academic year are available in August. A current email address is a required field on the application since all correspondence is conducted by email. If you have problems with the online form, contact the Graduate School.
  • Non-refundable application fee.
  • GRE scores should be sent to GRE institution #5816; GMAT should be sent to University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill: Kenan-Flagler Business School – Other Graduate Programs (code D40-HL-34). Scores should be no more than 5 years old. Applicants currently enrolled in a doctoral level program or already awarded a doctoral-level degree from a US or Canadian university are exempt.
  • Transcripts (complete, not selected courses). One unofficial transcript from each university attended must be uploaded within the application. If offered admission, one paper official transcript for each university attended will be required.
  • The email address of three recommenders will be required within the application for electronic submission and delivery.
  • Resume.
  • Essay. Upload an essay (single-spaced and no more than 5 pages) that addresses the following questions:
    • Why are you applying to this DrPH program?
    • What are your career goals?
    • We expect students in each cohort to learn from each other as well as from faculty and guest speakers. What might other students learn from you?
    • Describe what you consider to be your most significant professional leadership accomplishment.
    • Describe your biggest disappointment or failure in your work or career so far.
    • Tell us about risks you’ve taken in your work or career.
    • Why do you care about the public’s health?
    • What else do you want us to know about you, your work style, your ambitions, etc?

International Applicants
In addition to all of the materials listed above, international applicants must submit the following materials:

  • TOEFL or IELTS score (no more than 2 years old). UNC is institution #5816. More information is available from the Graduate School. See http://gradschool.unc.edu/admissions/instructions.html#toefl.
  • GRE or GMAT scores – applicants practicing medicine or completing residency training in the US can request an exemption by submitting the United States Medical License Exam (USMLE) Step 1 in English scores or the FLEX scores to Health Policy and Management Student Services. Other credentialing exceptions will be reviewed for approval on an individual basis by the program director after receiving verification from the appropriate professional school.

Application Status

You may monitor the status of your application by logging into your account and following the instructions.

Mailing Addresses

Department of Health Policy and Management
Student Services Office
University of North Carolina
120 Rosenau Hall
CB #7411
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7411

Graduate School
UNC Graduate School
200 Bynum Hall
CB #4010
Chapel Hill, NC 27599

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