From Left to Right: PHS Emeritus Professors Pyle (L) and Berne (R); CHHS Building; PHS Graduates
The Department of Public Health Sciences was originally founded as the Department of Health Behavior and Administration on July 1, 2002 as part of the transformed College of Health and Human Services. The new Department was conceived in response to recommendations derived from UNC Charlotte's Health Commission report (2000) as well as a variety of initiatives placing emphasis on population health and health behavior research. In May 2007 the Department was renamed to Public Health Sciences to better reflect the unit's larger-scale set of current and planned research programs, degree offerings, and service activities. Faculty research programs focus on individual and population health including: the prevention and management of disease across the lifespan; the health status of diverse, urban communities; and population health and health care analytics. Our goals include creating North Carolina’s second accredited School of Public Health.
The Department favors the development and implementation of collaborative academic programs and interdisciplinary scholarship; and embraces the University’s core values encouraging diversity and equal educational and employment opportunities throughout the University community. These values are supported by the University’s non-discrimination policies, the Council on University Community, and the Multicultural Resource Center.
The Department of Public Health Sciences is committed to academic excellence. The Master of Health Administration degree program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME). Our public health baccalaureate and master's degree programs are accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH). The Department is a member of the Association of University Programs in Health Administration (AUPHA); and the College of Health and Human Services is an affiliate member of AcademyHealth. The University of North Carolina at Charlotte is an official testing site for the Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) exam.
Our Excellence is rooted in the competence of our highly collegial faculty and staff; support from the university’s administrative leadership; expert peer review; and the understanding and enthusiasm of our community partners including advisory board members, part-time instructors, and internship preceptors. We welcome your advice and guidance; your collaborations and partnerships; your support and contributions; and your commitment to excellence.