Master of Public Health in Health Policy (MPH)

Health Policy and Management

Hosted by the Gillings School’s nationally top-ranked Department of Health Policy and Management, the Health Policy concentration trains the next generation of leaders in policymaking and practice so they can address the complex challenges of health care delivery and produce cutting-edge analyses. We prepare our students to improve population health. We’re known for our dedication to, and excellence in, teaching, together with our individualized approaches to student learning.

The Health Policy concentration prepares students with the skills required to design, implement and evaluate health care and public health policies in a variety of settings, and to advocate for and lead changes in a policy setting. Students gain an intricate understanding of the current U.S. health care system and the politics and environment that shape policy decisions. Students also learn policy analysis and advocacy skills, as well as foundational management skills necessary to plan for and effectively manage financial and human resources. Graduates of the Health Policy concentration are recognized as strategic thinkers and problem solvers.

General Information

Minimum Credit Hours


Expected Duration

2 yrs

Learning Environment


Dual Degree Options Available


Application Cycle

Fall See application details page for more info.

Application Deadline 1

February 1, 2019 See application details page for more info.

Application Deadline 2

February 12, 2019 Deadlines vary - see "Application Details" for more information

Applicant Information

Who Should Apply

Applicants with an interest in health policy or health management.

Enrolled Student Demographics

  • Total Enrollment 1620
  • Female 72%, Male 28%
  • Underrepresented Minority Students 16.3%
  • International 11%

Program Costs & Funding

Admissions Information

Prior Degree Required

Not required

Required Prerequisites

Not required

Standardized Test(s) Accepted

GRE, GMAT(TOEFL/IELTS for int'l students only.) test score requirement waived for applicants awarded doctoral degree in North America or completed USMLE Step 1

Standardized Test(s) Scores


Unofficial transcripts from all post-secondary education (including community colleges, summer sessions and extension programs) are required to be uploaded in the application.

Letters of Recommendation Required

3 (recommend mix of academic and professional)

Faculty-Student Match Required

Not required

Interviews Required

Not required

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 the Program

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.

After the Program

Employment Opportunities

A broad range of healthcare and related human service organizations, healthcare consulting firms, and health policy organizations.

Example Job Responsibilities

  • Work on a multidisciplinary teams to improve the quality of healthcare services.
  • Manage healthcare organizations, from the middle management to senior management levels.
  • Participate in health series research or policy-related projects.

This is a two-step process.
(You will need to complete two applications (and pay related fees) to both SOPHAS and UNC ApplyYourself.)
  1. Complete online SOPHAS application
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    • Application Deadline: February 1, 2019
    • Fee: 135.00+
    • Step Link


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

      • Application to UNC is a two-step process. Please apply separately to (1) SOPHAS and (2) UNC-Chapel Hill (via the Graduate School application). See SOPHAS website for complete checklist of SOPHAS steps as not all are listed here.
        Once your application is submitted, it will be verified by SOPHAS. You will receive an email from UNC soon thereafter prompting you to complete the Graduate School application. Components of the SOPHAS application will be exported to the Graduate School application system, but you will still be asked to answer residency and honor code questions, and upload an unofficial copy of your transcript(s). UNC will have access to your SOPHAS application at the time you submit. However your application will not be reviewed until you've completed both SOPHAS and Graduate School applications.
    2. Applicants will need to enter all coursework information into SOPHAS and submit an official transcript to SOPHAS.

      • If you are admitted and choose to enroll at UNC Gillings, you will be asked for an official transcript showing degree awarded. International applicants need to have a WES-evaluated transcript for upload via SOPHAS, but a WES-evaluated transcript is not an acceptable substitute for an official transcript according to UNC.
    3. Enter names of recommenders. SOPHAS will then send them an email with instructions for submitting a letter on your behalf.

        • 3 (recommend a mix of academic and/or professional)
        • 3 (academic and/or professional)
    4. Report test scores to SOPHAS.

      (GRE code 0311 routes to both SOPHAS and UNC. You will need to make two requests for TOEFL/IELTS scores to be sent to SOPHAS and UNC. Code 5688 routes to SOPHAS only,  and code 5816 routes to UNC.)

      GRE test scores must be official and reported directly by the Educational Testing Service (ETS). By selecting the UNC-Chapel Hill SOPHAS code, your GRE scores will be transmitted to SOPHAS and UNC. They must be no more than five years old (to the month) at time of request, or ETS will not send. TOEFL/IELTS scores must be no more than two years old.

    5. Mail official transcripts (from each institution you have attended) directly to SOPHAS. Do not mail these to UNC. If admitted, you will be asked by UNC for an official transcript.

    6. Check SOPHAS portal to track progress.

      Applicants should check the SOPHAS portal to ensure that all required documents have been received by SOPHAS.

    7. Do NOT apply to UNC Gillings via the Graduate School application until you've received an email with instructions.

    8. Note: Time-to-decision varies from program to program at UNC Gillings. UNC will not render a decision unless you have completed both a SOPHAS and a UNC Gillings Graduate School application.

  2. Complete online application
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    • Application Deadline: February 12, 2019
    • Fee: 90.00
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    (The Graduate School Application is a common application system for UNC-Chapel Hill programs.)


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

      • All UNC Gillings applications for graduate-level programs fall under the purview of the UNC Graduate School. Accordingly, you will apply to UNC Gillings via the Graduate School Application, and UNC Gillings programs will make admissions recommendations to the UNC Graduate School for final approval.
        Once a recommendation is finalized, you will receive notice via email from the UNC Graduate School. Throughout the process, most of your questions can be answered by your program contact.
    2. Once your SOPHAS application has been received by UNC, you will receive an email with instructions for completing the Graduate School application.

      Although the Graduate School application will import some information from SOPHAS, you will be asked to answer residency and honor code questions, upload a copy of your transcript(s) and pay the application fee. Please only enter required information, and do not change the program/degree information. We estimate that this application should take you less than 30 minutes to complete.

    3. Faculty interest(s)/mentor(s)

      • Not required. Skip this part of the application.
    4. Applicant information,  including North Carolina residency information.

    5. Area(s) of interest

      • Select no more than two areas of interest.
    6. Educational history

    7. Because you already applied via SOPHAS, you do NOT need to enter recommender information, upload a resume or add a personal statement.

  3. FYI: costs and funding (separate from the admissions process)
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    1. Check out our Costs and Funding page.

    2. Note priority deadline to be eligible for UNC Graduate School scholarships and fellowships. Departments will decide which applicants to nominate. No additional application required.

    3. Apply for FEDERAL financial aid by March 1, 2018 (please verify this date via FAFSA) via FAFSA. If you've been admitted and completed the FAFSA form by their deadline, the UNC Office of Scholarships and Student Aid will create a financial aid package for you.

    4. Department funding

      • Our department contacts incoming students regarding funding opportunities.
      • We consider all applicants for funding.
  4. FYI: application review process
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    1. SPH application review:

      • Interview
        • Interviews are not required. However, they can be helpful to the admissions committee if you're in the area. Contact us to schedule a visit.
      • Department recommendation will be sent to the Graduate School for final approval.
        UNC Gillings will not render a decision unless you have completed BOTH the SOPHAS and UNC Graduate School applications.
    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.
    3. NOTE: Financial aid is separate from the admissions process. For more information, please refer to our School's Costs and Funding page and/or UNC-Chapel Hill's Office of Scholarships and Student Aid (OSSA) website.

The Gillings Program Search is a tool for exploring academic programs at the School. It is a prospectus for the current year to be used in consultation with an academic adviser and does not constitute the complete degree or program requirements for graduation or program completion.

Health Policy and Management
Credit Hours:
  • Lynnette Jones
  • Department Registrar
  • (919) 966-7391
  • 119B Rosenau Hall
    CB 7411
    Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7411
  • Jacqueline M. Siler
  • Assistant Registrar
  • (919) 966-4609
  • 120 Rosenau
    CB 7411
    Chapel Hill, NC 27599