Health Policy and Management Residential MPH
The residential Master of Public Health (MPH) degree curriculum emphasizes a balance between systematic learning about health services and public health issues on the one hand and management and policy analysis, concepts, and techniques on the other. Emphasis is placed on both classroom and experience-based learning.
The residential master’s program emphasizes a team approach to learning. In many of the courses, students are grouped in teams of three to six students to complete course-related projects, assignments, and team-based exams. In addition to assigned teams, most students form ongoing, informal study groups to enhance individual learning.
PLEASE NOTE: The residential MPH is a professional degree intended for those students who hold a doctoral-level professional degree (e.g., JD, MD, DDS, PhD), or are in the process of completing a doctoral-level degree.
Students gain a comprehensive understanding of public health philosophy, methods, and values and are provided with an orientation to management and policy-related careers in the health field. The degree is suitable for individuals who have an interest in either healthcare management or health policy. MPH graduates successfully pursue careers in health systems, hospitals, consulting firms, managed care organizations, medical group practices, government agencies, public policy organizations, public health departments, and international health organizations. Those interested in board certification in preventive medicine or public health dentistry should pay special attention to this degree.
Additionally, there is the opportunity for students currently pursuing a professional doctoral degree (or a PhD in another field) to simultaneously earn an MPH degree. Such students are awarded the MPH degree after, or concurrently with, the doctoral degree. For these students, eligibility for award of the MPH degree requires completion of the doctoral degree. Students who do not complete the doctoral degree may subsequently apply to either the MSPH or MHA program, but must meet the admissions requirement for the two-year programs, including submitting current GRE scores. Course credits previously earned through the MPH program can be applied toward the MSPH or MHA degree requirements if the student is admitted.
The following curriculum and graduation requirements apply to the Residential Master’s Program:
- At least two full semesters of residence credit, either by full-time registration or by part-time registration over several semesters.
- All requirements for the degree must be met within five years from the date of matriculation.
- Successful completion of 42 credit hours comprising School of Public Health, department, and degree core courses, and elective courses
- Successful completion of 6-week internship (HPM 793)
- Enrollment in one semester of Professional Training (HPM 701)
- Successful completion of a master’s paper HPM 992.
NOTE: Your application must be complete and include all required materials. Applications typically become available for the coming academic year in September.
Master’s Programs Admission Requirements
Please also review our Competency Logic Model. A competency model defines what graduates should be able to do to succeed in their professional careers.
PLEASE NOTE: In-person interviews for residential MPH candidates are at the discretion of the Admissions Committee. Phone/Skype interviews may be arranged for applicants who are currently located out of the country.
Minimum requirements necessary for application to Residential Master’s Programs:
- An undergraduate degree with a Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher (4.0 grading scale)
- Students applying to the MPH program who have obtained a doctoral degree from a U.S. or Canadian university are exempted from the GRE/GMAT requirement.
- Relevant work experience.
- Applicants are advised to prepare in microeconomics, accounting, and statistics.
Required Application Materials
The UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health is now participating in SOPHAS (Schools of Public Health Application Service). All MPH applicants must submit a SOPHAS application and a Graduate School application. Please see detailed instructions here. If you’re admitted and enroll, we’ll refund your Graduate School application fee. See more information here.
In addition to the materials listed above, international applicants must submit the following:
- TOEFL or IELTS score (no more than 2 years old). UNC is institution #5816. See http://gradschool.unc.edu/admissions/instructions.html#toefl
- Financial Certificate (US Immigration requirement for entry into the United States).
- 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. http://www.usmle.org/
Dual and Concurrent Degree Applicants
Students must apply separately and be accepted by each program of interest.
You may monitor the status of your application by logging into your account and following the instructions.
Department of Health Policy and Management
Student Services Office
University of North Carolina
120 Rosenau Hall
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7411
UNC Graduate School
200 Bynum Hall
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-4010
Additional Helpful Links
Prospective Student Information: http://gradschool.unc.edu/students_prospective.html
Residency Requirements and Information: http://registrar.unc.edu/academic-services/residency/
Tuition and Fees
The latest information on costs for the Master’s programs can be found by visiting the most current Tuition and Fee Rates document, found under the
Charges for Attendance heading on the University Finance Division web site. Scroll down to the Health Affairs/School of Public Health section of the document.
Please note that tuition and fees are subject to change.
HPM Fees – in addition to university fees
Internship Fee – $450.00
Professional Training I Fee – $550.00
Professional Training II and III Fees – $500.00 each
Please note that tuition and fees are subject to change.
Need financial assistance? See our Financial Aid Information.
Admission and Residency Questions
Lynnette Jones, Registrar
Student Services Manager
Jackie Siler, Assistant Registrar
Residential Master’s and BSPH Programs
Paula Song, PhD
Master’s Program Director
Also see our Frequently Asked Questions about the Master’s Program.
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