Department of Health Policy and Management



For whom is the Doctoral Program in Health Leadership program designed?
The program is 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.

How many students are accepted each year?
We accept up to 15 students per year. We receive close to 100 applications each year and regret that we cannot admit all qualified applicants.

Must I have a degree in public health to apply?
No. A degree in public health is not required. However, students must have a masters or other doctorate to apply.

Must I have some experience in healthcare to apply?
Yes. You must have a minimum of at least five years of post-graduate experience in the health field, in a substantial management or leadership position.

Is the DrPH program accredited?
There is no accreditation process for DrPH programs, or for most individual degree programs. The School of Public Health is accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) and the university is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).

Where are the classes taught?
All of the classes are taught via Internet video one evening a week.

Are any visits to Chapel Hill required?
Yes. Students visit in August, January and May for 3-4 days each. We may opt to replace an on-campus visit with a visit outside NC or overseas one time during the two years of required coursework.

What kind of Internet connection must I have in order to participate?
You must have a high-speed DSL or cable connection. Dial-up connections do not work with our technology.

Is a dissertation required in the DrPH program?
Yes. Students begin planning their dissertation in the first year of their studies and spend most of the third year completing it. While most students complete their dissertations in three years, some take up to five years to complete their dissertations.

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Mailing Address
Department of Health Policy and Management
School of Public Health
CB# 7411, 120 Rosenau Hall
University of North Carolina
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7411