Program Details

Minimum Credit Hours

Application Cycle
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Application Deadline
March 25, 2024
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Expected Duration
1 Year

Learning Environment

Dual Degree Options Available

How To Apply

Application Deadline: March 25, 2024
Fee: $45

Application Deadline: March 25, 2024
(The Graduate School Application is a common application system for UNC-Chapel Hill programs.)
Application Steps

Start UNC Application

Important Note(s):

See program details for requirements such as perquisites, prior degree, work experience, any test score waivers, as well as a tuition estimate and program overview.

1. Applicant information, including North Carolina residency information.

2. Educational history
Please upload a copy of your most recent transcript(s), including your current term grades, if applicable. (If grades are not yet available, send them to the UNC Gillings program contact as soon as they become available.) Be sure the transcript reflects the name of the institution and any degrees you received.

3. Community Standards
You will be asked about honor code, crime, academic sanction, military discharge, etc.

4. Upload your personal statement

Upload a document that answers the following questions (no more than 2 pages).

  • Describe your leadership experience and career goals.
  • How do you believe this program will help you meet your career goals?
  • How do you anticipate applying what you learn in the Public Health Leadership Certificate program to your future

5. Upload your resume or CV.

6. Document submission (check legibility of uploads)

7. Pay the Graduate School application fee.

8.Track your progress.

You will be able to track status through the Graduate School application. Once a decision is made, you will receive an email instructing login to the Graduate School application portal to see the decision letter.

More Information

1. SPH application review:

  • No interview required.

Department recommendation will be sent to the Graduate School for final approval.

2. UNC Graduate School application review and final decision:
The UNC Graduate School reviews all admissions recommendations made by programs. Once final decisions have been made, the Graduate School will send you an email instructing login to the Graduate School application portal to see the decision letter.

Applicant Information

Who Should Apply

  • Experienced public health practitioners who have assumed greater administrative and management responsibilities and desire more formal education in leadership skills.
  • Public health nurses and other public health specialists who want to broaden their knowledge and education to encompass leadership skills.
  • Public health and other health care professionals who want to learn how to improve their team leadership skills.
  • Those in health or social service-related professions who may not need a full MPH, but wish to enhance their professional knowledge of how to be an effective leader in public health organizations.
  • Those wishing to pursue an MPH and expecting to use these credits towards that goal.
  • Experience in management and administration

Admissions Information

Prior Degree Required
Bachelor’s degree required. Priority is given to those with at least five years in a health or social science-related field.

Required Prerequisites

Standardized Tests Accepted

Standardized Test Scores

  • GRE scores are neither required nor typically recommended for applicants.
  • UNC Graduate School Institutional School Code: 5816
  • International applicants must submit official TOEFL or IELTS standardized test scores.

Letters of Recommendation Required
Not Required

Faculty-Student Match Required
Not required.

Interviews Required
Not Required.

Work Experience Required
None Required
More Information

MPH students often have experience in a health-related field.

Visit Opportunities
Learn about opportunities to come to UNC Gillings to meet faculty, staff, and current students. If you are unable to come to campus – don’t worry – our representatives attend a variety of recruitment events around the United States as well as host virtual fairs and webinars.

During and After The Program

Required Courses

  • PUBH 747: Project Management Principles & Practices (3 credits)
  • PUBH 791: Core Principles in Public Health Leadership (3 credits)

Choose from one of the following spring electives:

  • PUBH 730: Leading Quality Improvement in Public Health (3 credits)
  • PUBH 731: Public Health Marketing (3 credits)

Additional Career Information
Career paths, job titles, employers, and destinations of our graduates.

Global Options Available
The UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health strives to integrate global content and approaches across the School’s courses, programs and degrees. We believe that every student should emerge from our School with an understanding of global health issues. Some courses are focused largely on global issues, others are designed so that global and local issues are intertwined and some still are evolving. Learn more about these options.

Many enrolled students will have the opportunity to pursue our graduate global health certificate, while others may choose global health courses, internships or independent study with global focus.



Contact Public Health Leadership

135 Dauer Drive
4104 McGavran-Greenberg Hall, CB #7469
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7469
(919) 966-5285