MPH Graduation Profile

MPH Program Metrics

As part of its internal continuous quality assurance and performance monitoring processes and in response to reporting requirements to our accreditor, the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH), the UNC Charlotte MPH Program regularly monitors a number of program metrics. 

Listed below are several measures that might be useful to students considering our program, along with any context needed to interpret this information within the UNC Charlotte environment.

Completion

The UNC Charlotte MPH program is 45 semester credits, including a 3-credit internship typically taken during the summer.  Our Graduate School defines full-time as 9 credits per semester, with 12 credits being the maximum load.  Thus, the MPH program is nominally a 5-semester program.  However, the program can be –and often is – completed in as little as two academic years (including summer), by taking the maximal load several semesters and completing the capstone thesis/project in a timely manner. 

We provide students 2-year plans of study.  Students individualize these plans with their academic advisors. Students may combine the MPH program with a graduate certificate or a second (dual) master’s degree.  Adding on these programs extends the expected time to completion by 1-3 semesters.  In all cases, 6 years is the maximal time to completion our Graduate School affords master’s candidates. 

All MPH graduates can sit for the CPH (Certified in Public Health) credentialing examination. To date, only one graduate has chosen to do so (100% CPH pass rate).  MPH graduates pursuing the community health promotion concentration also are eligible to sit for the CHES (Certified Health Education Specialist) credentialing examination.  Those students opting to sit for the CHES exam have a 100% pass rate for the past 4+ years (above the national average of approximately 73%.

Of the 2014 graduating class (n=17)   

  • 88% were female
  • 65% were racial or ethnic minorities

The table below summarizes the progression of the last 4 entering cohorts through May 2014 graduation (without differentiating among those pursuing add-on certificates/dual degrees, or a part-time approach); all graduates have done so within the normal time allotted. 

Cohort

Number

Entering

Graduated within 2yrs

Graduated within 3yrs

Graduated within 4 yrs

Graduated within 6 yrs

Currently enrolled

Other*

2009/10

16

5

6

2

 

2

1

2010/11

26

16

6

 

 

4

-

2011/12

19

8

3

 

 

8

-

2012/13

16

7

 

 

 

9

-

*Includes inactive; withdrawn, transferred to a different program, etc.

Employment

Graduates of the UNC Charlotte MPH Program are highly competitive.  Within twelve months, the 2014 graduates (n = 17) reported:

  • 12% pursuing further education
  • 65% employed