Master of Science in Public Health (MSPH)

Health Policy and Management

The MSPH degree is particularly appropriate for individuals interested in pursuing careers at consulting firms, contract research organizations, federal and state government entities, think tanks, non-governmental organizations, health insurers, and international health organizations. Students obtain a comprehensive understanding of the healthcare system, research and analytic methods.

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

January 14, 2020 See application details page for more info.

Applicant Information

Who Should Apply

Individuals interested in pursuing careers in public policy, public advocacy organizations, consulting research organizations, federal and state government, public health departments, non-governmental organizations, global health.

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

Bachelor's degree

Required Prerequisites

None, however we recommend basic knowledge in statistics and microeconomics.

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 See Graduate School website for international student exceptions. Standardized test scores are one of many factors we consider in making admissions decisions.

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

Department will contact selected applicants for in-person interviews. For students living outside North America: Skype or telephone interview required.

Work Experience Required

Relevant work experience. Some relevant work experience is 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

Required Courses

For a detailed description of all the requirements for this degree program please click here for the Student Handbook.

Comprehensive Exam Type(s)

Master's Paper Proposal Defense ([courseid="HPM 789"]

Capstone, Thesis or Dissertation

Master's paper (HPM 992 Master's Paper

Practicum, Internships & Fieldwork

12-week internship and 3 semesters professional training

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

Policy-related firms, health systems, global health agencies, academic settings

Example Job Responsibilities

  • Work on a multidisciplinary teams doing policy development and evaluation work.
  • Provide expert guidance to health systems on issues of quality and effectiveness
  • Manage healthcare evaluation projects, including research grants, global interventions, and government initiatives.

  1. Complete online application
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    • Application Deadline: January 14, 2020
    • Fee: 95.00
    • Step Link

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

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

    4. Area(s) of interest

      • Select no more than two areas of interest.
    5. 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.
      • We advise that you order two copies of your transcript(s) to be sent to you.
        • If you are admitted and choose to enroll, UNC will require official transcript(s) showing degree(s) awarded.
    6. Community standards

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

    7. Upload your personal statement.

      • Please upload a two page (500 words) statement addressing the following:
        • Why are you applying to this degree?
        • How will this program at UNC-Chapel Hill contribute to your projected career?
        • What is your experience working in teams and what can you contribute to a team?
        • Please provide any additional information that you think will help us to evaluate your application.
    8. Upload your resume or CV.

    9. Enter names of recommenders. UNC will then send them an email with instructions for submitting a letter on your behalf. We encourage references from professors or teachers (or teaching assistants) or work/research supervisors who have worked directly and closely with you and who can speak about you with specificity.

        • 3 (recommend a mix of academic and/or professional)
    10. Report test scores to UNC via the Graduate School Application

      • GRE code 5816. TOEFL/IELTS information above. GRE test scores must be official, no more than 5 years old and reported directly by the Educational Testing Service (ETS). See our program details page for information regarding test scores.
    11. Document submission (check legibility of uploads)

    12. Pay the Graduate School application fee.

    13. 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.
  2. 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 (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.
  3. FYI: application review process
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    1. SPH application review:

      • Interview
        • Department will contact selected applicants for in-person interviews. For students living outside North America: Skype or telephone 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.
    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