Online Master of Public Health
(MPH) Program

The Gillings School of Global Public Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill offers its Master of Public Health (MPH) program on-campus and online. The program prepares students to anticipate and combat the most urgent public health challenges that local and global communities face today.

The online MPH@UNC program offers three accredited concentrations: applied
epidemiology, leadership and nutrition. Upon graduation, students join a network of more than 22,000 Gillings School alumni who live and work around the world.

For more than 80 years, the UNC Gillings School has provided world-class education that bridges the gap between conducting innovative research and incorporating research findings into real-world practice with life-saving results.

Gillings is ranked the No. 1 public school of public health by U.S. News & World Report. The School’s mission is to improve public health, promote individual well-being and eliminate health inequities across North Carolina and around the world.

GRE scores are not required to apply.

Explore the UNC Gillings School’s Online MPH Concentrations

The UNC MPH online program consists of 42 credit hours. It was designed to prepare students to lead sustainable change that makes a world of difference — and a different, healthier world.

With three unique concentrations, there’s a perfect fit for each student.

All of the concentrations are accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health. Students in each concentration complete 200 hours of fieldwork experience.

Explore Our Concentrations

Applied Epidemiology

Students learn to use data to improve population health, focusing on public health surveillance, study design, research questions and methods for sharing their findings with diverse audiences.


Students train in how to lead organizations, projects and teams to eliminate health disparities, improve individual well-being, and foster positive change in local and global communities. The practical solutions to systemic challenges at the core of this concentration are applicable to any area of public health.


Students explore nutrition science, behavior change, counseling and the effects of dietary culture. Graduates possess the skills to assess scientific evidence for nutritional guidelines, evaluate how community factors affect diet and craft communications related to public health nutrition programs.
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About the Online MPH Curriculum

The online MPH offers three start dates per year: Spring, Summer and Fall.

Students complete the same rigorous coursework as their counterparts in the residential program and attend live classes taught by Gillings faculty members who are leaders in their fields.

Program Requirements

If you are interested in the online MPH from the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, you’ll need to submit the following items:

  • Online application
  • Résumé or CV
  • Unofficial transcripts from all postsecondary institutions attended
  • Statement of purpose
  • Three letters of recommendation

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Director, MPH Program
Karla Townley-Tilson, MBA

MPH@UNC (MPH Online) Only:
Program Coordinator, John Sugg

(919) 843-0040