Graduate Certificate in Public Health Informatics (CPHI)

Health Policy and Management, Gillings School of Global Public Health

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.

General Information

Minimum Credit Hours

12 Not a stand-alone certificate. Students may earn the certificate in the context of a dedicated degree program. 12 credit hours that (3) may be utilized as approved electives for graduate degrees.

Expected Duration

1 yr

Learning Environment


Application Cycle

Fall; Spring See application details page for more info.

Applicant Information

Who Should Apply

Current, residential School of Public Health graduate student who has an interest in informatics or is working on an informatics related concentration.

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

Undergraduate degree required.

Required Prerequisites


Standardized Test(s) Accepted

None required

Standardized Test Scores

  • GRE scores are neither required nor typically recommended for applicants to the Master of Public Health program.
  • UNC Graduate School Institutional School Code: 5816
  • International applicants must submit official TOEFL or IELTS standardized test scores.

Letters of Recommendation Required

Not required

Faculty-Student Match Required

Not required

Interviews Required

Not required

Work Experience Required

Informatics experience is preferred, but not required. Must have advisor approval to apply.

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

  • PUBH 711 Critical Issues in Global Public Health
  • PUBH 712 Global Health Ethics
  • PUBH 713 Global Infectious Disease Epidemiology | Syllabus:
  • PUBH 714 Monitoring and Evaluation of Global Health Programs
See our curriculum page.

Comprehensive Exam Type(s)

Comprehensive exams per course.

Capstone, Thesis or Dissertation

Practicum paper in capstone format is required as a 2-hour credit course.

Practicum, Internships & Fieldwork

Practicum in informatics related field or project is required. The practicum can be in conjunction with an existing graduate internship or research position.

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.

NOTE: Certificate students don’t have opportunity for global study outside courses comprising program.

After the Program

Employment Opportunities

Future clinicians for leadership roles including CMIO, CNIO, clinician champion for Health IT implementations, and Health IT directors for clinical or public health departments.

Example Job Responsibilities

Clinical/Public Health Leader role; Health Information Management and Exchange Specialist; Programmer and Software Engineer; Health-IT sub-specialist

  1. Complete an application form
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    1. Get your advisor's approval prior to application.

    2. Complete and submit a Graduate Certificate in Public Health Informatics form to Mr. Bill Gentry via email.

    3. NOTE: For students or professionals completing coursework through Part-time Classroom Studies who are not currently enrolled at UNC-Chapel Hill (non-matriculating students), please visit The William and Ida Friday Center for Continuing Education website for an online UNC Continuing Education/Part-time Classroom Studies Application. This is an additional application process for non-matriculating students. For additional questions about this process including deadlines, course fees, location, and times, please contact the Part-time Classroom Studies office, at 919-962-1134.

  2. FYI: application review process
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    1. SPH application review:

      • Interview
        • No interview required.
      • You will be notified via email regarding program decision.

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, Gillings School of Global Public Health
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Department Information
  • Kim Sieler
  • Academic Coordinator
  • (919) 966-7364
  • 120-A Rosenau Hall
    CB 7411
    Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7411
  • Bill Gentry
  • Associate Professor
  • (919) 966-4228
  • 115 Rosenau Hall
    CB 7411
    Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7411