GPS-logo-smallCheck out more program details for the Residential Occupational Health Nursing MPH program via the Gillings Program Search (GPS) for prospective students.  UNC Gillings has announced a new online MPH program with a Public Health Leadership Track to begin in fall 2018. Details about the curriculum and application process for the new online MPH@UNC should be available in early 2018. Please check back.


Public health nurses who enroll in the Public Health Leadership Program 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 Sciences and Engineering
  • Occupational Health Sciences: Industrial Hygiene, Toxicology, Occupational Safety/Ergonomics and Interdisciplinary Approaches to Occupational Health
  • Occupational Health Nursing courses
  • Practicum
  • Master’s paper
  • Graduation requires a minimum of 42 credits

Program Structure

  • Full-time or part-time study
  • 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).
  • May be completed in 16 months (full-time).

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.

Application for admission is a two-step process. Visit the the Gillings Program Search (GPS) for more information about the application process.

In addition  to completing the two-step application process, Occupational Health Nursing applicants must also submit a supplemental form


Application deadlines:

Spring 2018 – October 1, 2017
Fall 2018 – February 2, 2018

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 inquiries to


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