The Master of Public Health (MPH) prepares graduate students to apply core principles of public health education within a variety of community settings and to advance the public health profession. The MPH program seeks to fulfil the Department of Public Health Science's vision "Healthy People. Healthy Places. Healthy Communities." The mission is to develop leaders in practice and research who advance the public's health. The program values collaboration, community engagement, diversity, innovation, professionalism, health equity, and social justice in its pursuit of attaining the highest possible standards of health and well-being.
Students develop specialized skills to assess health behavior and to design, deliver, and evaluate health promotion, risk prevention, and risk reduction services. The MPH program consists of core content courses as well as research and practical experiences through a capstone project and a required internship. The program prepares students to provide leadership in a variety of settings, including health-related agencies and organizations, hospitals, local and state public health departments, academic research centers and institutes, corporate disease management and wellness programs, non-profit agencies, and healthcare businesses and industries.
The MPH program offers a concentration in Community Health Practice. New concentrations are planned for Fall 2018.
Why an MPH at UNC Charlotte?
We’re cost effective. Check around, whether in-state or out-of- state, our tuition is very
Small class size – generally 15-30 students. We know your name, your interests and your
aspirations (and all your classmates’ names too).
Rigorous education – we’re accredited by the Council of Education for Public Health (CEPH)
which sets high standards for the knowledge and skills that you will acquire.
Our graduates get jobs. Within 1 year of graduate, over 80% of our alumni will be working in the
public health field or they have gone on to pursue additional education.
Need money? Got money! 50% of our full-time students will have some form of assistantship
or other financial assistance during their 2 year education. Our students work as research
assistants, teaching assistants, in the Student health Center, in Disability Services, etc…
MPH Program Goals
The MPH Program achieves its mission through a set of complementary and reinforcing instructional, research, service, and diversity goals that reflect the program’s values and provide a framework for defining, assessing, and evaluating both students and the curriculum.
Goal 1 (instructional): Provide public health students with knowledge, skills, and abilities to become effective practitioners and researchers through educational activities, a course of study, and related internship experiences.
Goal 2 (research): Develop new knowledge and innovative re-conceptualizations of theories that improve the effectiveness and efficiency of public health services and contribute to the development, implementation, and evaluation of public health practice, with a primary focus on the Charlotte region.
Goal 3 (service): Promote collaborations with community partners and stakeholders through faculty and students, helping to lead the development of the public health profession in the Charlotte region.
Goal 4 (service): Foster participation in local, regional, and national/international organizations that advance the public health profession.
Goal 5 (diversity): Address the health and public health workforce needs of a dynamic, emerging urban environment and its increasingly diverse population.
Expectations of Graduates
Graduates of the UNC Charlotte Graduate Programs in Public Health are prepared to:
- Solve health-related problems using an ecological framework that addresses financial, socio-cultural, environmental, and political conditions.
- Design, conduct, analyze, and interpret the results of studies, projects, and programs related to the public’s health.
- Initiate, plan, manage, monitor, and evaluate interventions in the field of public health.
- Communicate public health messages to diverse audiences.
- Advocate sound public health policies and practices.
Dual Degree Options
The MPH Program may also be combined with graduate certificates or dual degrees to provide further speciliazation, breadth, or depth. We have an established formal dual degree option with the UNC Charlotte Professional Science Masters in Health Informatics Programs. Please contact the program director if you are interested in pursuing a dual degree.
The curriculum leading to the Master of Public Health degree requires a minimum of 45 semester hours of graduate credit including 21 hours of core courses, an internship experience (3 credit hours), a capstone thesis (6 credit hours), or project (3 credit hours), the completion of a specialty area or concentration (9 credit hours), and electives (6-9 credit hours). The program can be completed within two academic years (5 semesters including summer semester between the 1st and 2nd year), however 6 semesters is the expected time to completion for full-time students. Part-time students are expected to complete the program within 5 years (10 semesters).
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