Online MPH in Public Health Leadership - Occupational Health Nursing Track

Check out more program details and information about how to apply to the Online MPH in Public Health Leadership – Occupational Health Nursing Track via the Gillings Program Search (GPS) for prospective students.

Public health nurses who enroll in the Public Health Leadership Program (PHLP) have the unique opportunity to concentrate on issues of importance to public health nursing through coursework, the master’s paper and field practicum.

The curriculum of study includes:

  • School of Public Health core courses: Epidemiology, Biostatistics, Health Policy and Management, Health Behavior, and  Environmental Science
  • Occupational Health Sciences: Industrial Hygiene, Toxicology, Occupational Safety/Ergonomics, and Interdisciplinary Approaches to Occupational Health
  • Occupational Health Nursing courses
  • Practicum
  • Master’s Paper

The structure of the program is as follows:

  • The program of study will be divided between internet-based learning, independent study, and on-campus study for 2 summer sessions, 1 week each;
  • Graduation requires a minimum of 42 credits;
  • Students who are enrolled in or who have graduated from any of the PHLP Certificate programs are allowed to transfer up to 15 credit hours, pending approval of the program, obtained in the Certificate Program towards a Master’s degree in Public Health. See the Graduate School Handbook (pdf).
  • The program can be completed in approximately 2-2½ years, but you will have five years from admission to complete the program of study.

Criteria for Admission

  • Registered Nurse
  • Baccalaureate degree in Nursing
  • Two years or more experience in occupational health nursing or in the field of occupational health and safety; experience in public health nursing or related field or emergency nursing may be considered
  • Minimum GPA: 3.0
  • Three letters of recommendation, two of which are academic and one from a professional colleague
  • Transcripts for all completed coursework and each degree received
  • GRE or equivalent entrance exam scores taken within five years of application (may not be required for applicants with a doctoral degree)
  • Personal statement describing professional goals related to occupational health/safety

Please contact Susan Randolph ( or Bonnie Rogers ( with any questions, or consult the PHLP Student Handbook.

Application for admission is a two-step process. Go the the Gillings Program Search (GPS) for a breakdown of tasks.

Supplemental Application

Application deadlines:

Fall 2017- January 2, 2017

Spring 2018 – October 1, 2017

Go to the Graduate School site for further information regarding applications. The Graduate School also has information regarding North Carolina Residency. If you have specific questions regarding residency, you can email Megan Totten (

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