PHS Graduate Programs

The Master of Health Administration (MHA) program at UNC Charlotte is an interdisciplinary program designed for administrators in a changing health care environment. Attentive to the specific needs of our students, the program addresses the academic and professional expectations of those seeking to establish careers in the field as well as those currently employed in health care administration. Our graduates demonstrate competence across the core health administration domains of leadership, critical thinking, health administration sciences and quantitative analysis, management, political and community stakeholder development, and communication. The Master of Health Administration degree program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME).

The Master of Public Health (MPH) prepares graduate students through research and practice experiences to apply core principles of public health education within a variety of community settings and to advance the public health profession.  The MPH degree is fully accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH).


Doctor of Philosophy in Public Health Sciences (Ph.D.)

The focus of the Ph.D in Public Health Sciences is to train researchers and professionals with skills essential to address contemporary public health problems at the individual, community and population levels.  The primary emphasis of the Ph.D in Public Health Sciences is on health outcomes as achieved through working with the community in multidisciplinary teams to understand and develop programs that address broad social-ecological factors influencing health behavior.  The Ph.D. in Public Health Sciences program is fully accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH).

Completed online applications must be submitted by January 15, 2015 to the UNCC Graduate School.   For more information regarding the Ph.D in Public Health Sciences, contact Dr. Michele Issel, or email: Michele.issel @uncc.edu, Professor and Director Ph.D in Public Health Sciences, 704-687-7191.


Graduate Certificate Programs

The Graduate Certificate Program in Public Health Core Concepts (PHCC) contributes to the preparation of community and public health practitioners entering the field from related disciplines and serves as a stepping-stone to further graduate training in public health.  The Certificate also is available to students who wish to complement an existing degree in a health profession (for example, health psychology, nursing or social work). This certificate complements (i.e., is not redundant with, can be completed in addition to) the Graduate Certificate in Community Health, which provides focused health education and promotion skills.

The Graduate Certificate Program in Community Health contributes to the preparation of community and public health practitioners to take the Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) examination. The Certificate is also available to students who wish to complement an existing degree in a health profession (for example, health psychology, nursing, or social work), or who wish to explore a career in public health. Please contact the program director (Dr. Jan Warren-Findlow at jwarren1@uncc.edu) for the current status of this program.


Doctor of Philosophy in Health Services Research (Ph.D.)

The Health Services Research doctoral program is an interdisciplinary, collaborative program in the College of Health and Human Services. This program prepares graduates in the development and dissemination of new knowledge though outcomes research to improve both the practice and delivery of health and human services in individuals and populations. Research focuses on access to care, effectiveness, and quality and organization of healthcare delivery systems.