Thank you for your interest in the Public Health Leadership Program's (PHLP) application process.

PHLP is dedicated to preparing public health practitioners for leadership positions. We participate in SOPHAS, the Schools of Public Health Application Service. Applicants for all MPH programs–except the Online Master of Public Health (MPH@UNC)–must submit a SOPHAS application and a UNC Supplemental application. International applicants can find additional information here.

The SOPHAS application will open around Sept. 1. The UNC Supplemental application opens approximately two weeks later.

For prospective students interested in the online Master of Public Health (MPH@UNC), you can view more details on our program website.

Request information for MPH@UNC.

Access Application Portal for MPH@UNC.

For certificate applications, see individual pages for resources.

View the requirements and procedures below that apply to you.


Check out our Gillings Program Search (GPS) for prospective students. The GPS provides a search option for our Gililngs’s degree and non-degree programs, as well as the ability to drill down to an overview of each program’s quick facts and related information about how to apply. Begin the application process: click link(s) below to view the requirements and procedures that apply to you. See our tuition and fees page for related information.


Master of Public Health (MPH) Programs Show Details

Master of Public Health in Global Health (MPH Residential)

At the Gillings School of Global Public Health, our signature philosophy is that there is no difference between global health and public health. Designed to train current and aspiring professionals to solve public health problems locally and globally, the Global Health concentration provides students with the knowledge and skills to advance the health and well-being of populations in diverse global settings. Through this concentration, students will partner with governmental and non-governmental organizations, research institutions and the private sector to develop, and analyze public health programs and projects that are aligned with local cultures, contexts and resources.

Master of Public Health in Leadership in Practice (MPH Online)

MPH@UNC is the online Master of Public Health (MPH) program from the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health.  MPH@UNC offers you the flexibility to attend live, online classes, network with UNC faculty and peers, and access engaging coursework and resources without having to relocate. You can complete your MPH degree on a full-time or part-time basis, and can work with our dedicated student support specialists to tailor your degree program to suit your personal and professional career goals.

With MPH@UNC’s Leadership in Practice concentration, you will build the skills and access the resources needed to lead teams, curate health policy and enact meaningful change on a local, national and global scale. Upon graduation, you will join the UNC alumni network, giving you access to working professionals with extensive experience in the field.

Master of Public Health in Population Health for Clinicians (MPH Residential)

Critical health challenges facing communities around the world cannot be solved in clinical settings alone. The Gillings School’s Population Health for Clinicians concentration empowers graduates to provide excellent care to individuals and also to improve systems of care for the benefit of all.

Building on a decades-long collaboration between the UNC schools of medicine and public health, the program is widely regarded as one of the oldest and best opportunities for clinicians to gain mastery in public health and population science. It also offers a unique interdisciplinary focus on clinical, prevention, population and social sciences.

Master of Public Health with Leadership in Practice Concentration (MPH Residential)

This program is designed for new and experienced professionals interested in public health practice and in strengthening their leadership capabilities in a public health context. Applicants come from a variety of disciplines and experiences. We have designed a curriculum that builds on previous work experiences and that also allows some flexibility within the program of study. After viewing the GPS overview, see our Residential MPH in Leadership partner page for additional information.

Certificate Programs Show Details

Certificate in Field Epidemiology (FEPI Online)

This is a 12-credit hour program of graduate study that addresses: core functions of outbreak investigation; surveillance systems and methods; infectious disease epidemiology; and field epidemiology methods. All courses are taught completely online. No travel to the UNC-Chapel Hill campus is required. Online certificates are available to any interested student NOT currently enrolled at UNC-Chapel Hill. After viewing the GPS overview, see our Certificate in Field Epidemiology partner page for additional information.

Certificate in Core Public Health Concepts (PHCP Online)

This is an interdepartmental 15-credit hour program of graduate study covering the required core content taught within UNC’s MPH programs: epidemiology, biostatistics, health policy and management, environmental health, and health behavior. All courses are taught completely online. No travel to the UNC-Chapel Hill campus is required. Online certificates are available to any interested student NOT currently enrolled at UNC-Chapel Hill. After viewing the GPS overview, see our Certificate in Core Public Health Concepts partner page for additional information.

Certificate in Global Health (PGHC Online)

This is an interdisciplinary 9-credit hour program of graduate study that examines the complexities inherent in improving health on a global scale. Prepares students to work in changing environments and with diverse populations and to respond competently to health challenges presented by permeable geographic and cultural boundaries. All courses are taught completely online; no travel to the UNC-Chapel Hill campus is required. Online certificates are available to any interested student NOT currently enrolled at UNC-Chapel Hill. After viewing the GPS overview, see our Online Global Health Certificate partner page for additional information.

Certificate in Occupational Health Nursing (POHN Online + campus visit(s))

This is an academic program of graduate study entailing 11-12 credits in coursework specially developed for online education. All credits earned are completely transferable as part of the requirements for the completion of the OHN Concentration MPH degree. Students will be able to register, receive materials, interact with faculty and successfully complete this program while only traveling to campus once for eight days. Online certificates are available to any interested student NOT currently enrolled at UNC-Chapel Hill. After viewing the GPS overview, see our Occupational Health Nursing Certificate partner page for additional information.

Certificate in Public Health Leadership (PUBL Online + campus visit(s))

An 11-credit hour program of graduate study covering the core content taught in PHLP’s Leadership MPH concentration. Beneficial to public health professionals aiming to develop and broaden their leadership skills and potential. The curriculum is designed to provide leadership development directed at the individual, team, organizational and community levels within the context of public health and healthcare. Students will master competencies that will enable them to have a greater influence and effectiveness within their organizations. Students will be able successfully complete this program while only traveling to the UNC-Chapel Hill campus once.Online certificates are available to any interested student NOT currently enrolled at UNC-Chapel Hill. After viewing the GPS overview, see our Public Health Leadership Certificate partner page for additional information.

Certificate Programs Show Details

Graduate Certificate in Global Health (CGH Residential)

The purpose of the Graduate Certificate in Global Health is to provide current graduate students with a comprehensive understanding of global health conditions, needs, and solutions that cross borders in both developing and industrialized countries and regions. The Certificate complements students’ departmental requirements by offering courses and seminars that will prepare them to work in changing environments and with diverse populations, enabling them to respond competently to the challenges inherent to a career in global health.  Students will learn to identify and analyze the factors that generate disparities in health status, health resources, and access to health information and services, particularly for ethnic minorities and other marginalized and vulnerable population groups. In conferring a Global Health Certificate, the School of Public Health acknowledges students’ capability and capacity to perform as public health professionals with a global perspective, with collaborative and cross-cultural sensitivity and skills. Residential certificate programs are available to students currently enrolled in a residential graduate degree program at UNC-Chapel Hill.

Graduate Certificate in Interdisciplinary Health Communication (CIHC Residential)

Provides current degree-seeking residential UNC graduate students with specialized training in health communication. Courses are designed to build expertise for applied practice, academic, and research settings. IHC faculty represent 6 disciplines and conduct research on e-health, message tailoring, risk communication, health decision-making, dissemination, media effects, usability of electronic medical information, and health marketing. Residential certificate programs are available to students currently enrolled in a residential graduate degree program at UNC Gillings.

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.

Graduate Certificate in Interdisciplinary Health Disparities (CIHD Residential)

Provides training that supports a long-term and sustained public health effort toward addressing and ultimately eliminating public health disparities experienced by African-Americans, Hispanics, American Indians, Alaska Natives, Asian-Americans, and Pacific Islanders, compared to the U.S. as a whole. Students enrolled in the Interdisciplinary Health Disparities Certificate Program will gain a synthesis of knowledge across a variety of disciplines and an expanded depth of the nature and causality of health disparities and then translate knowledge into effective action within the U.S. and across the globe. This residential certificate program is available to current degree-seeking residential UNC system affiliate graduate students and professional learners enrolled in the Part-Time Classroom Studies program through the William and Ida Friday Center for Continuing Education.


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