The Master of Public Health (MPH) program 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 communities partnered with responsive population health systems." To support the Department's mission, "Advancing health equity and well-being in an urbanizing world", the MPH program develops leaders in evidence-based practice 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 in one of 3 concentrations: Community Health Practice (CHPR); Epidemiology (EPID), or Population Health Analytics (PHAN). 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.
Why an MPH at UNC Charlotte?
- We’re cost effective. Check around, whether in-state or out-of- state, our tuition is very affordable.
- 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 graduation, 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, practice, 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 through educational activities, a course of study, and related internship experiences.
Goal 2 (practice): 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.
“During my MPH, I had an opportunity to meet some dedicated and helpful professors. All the professors in MPH program are helpful, reliable, and motivating. Their guidance and mentorship helped me to develop my strengths and work on my limitations. I am thankful to them for their unconditional support and motivation.”
-Morium Bably, MPH Class of 2017
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 specialization, breadth, or depth.
One established dual degree option includes:
- Master of Public Health and Professional Science Masters in Health Informatics
- Master of Public Health and Master of Arts in Anthropology
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 graduate credit hours. The plan of study includes 15 credit hours of core courses, an applied learning experience (internship; 3 credit hours), a concentration (15 credit hours) and its associated integrative learning experience or ILE (3 credit hours), and elective courses (9 credit hours).
While the program can be completed within two academic years (4 semesters plus summer), 5 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).
Contact for Additional Information
Dr. Jan Warren-Findlow, Ph.D
Program Director, MPH Program
Department of Public Health Sciences
College of Health and Human Services
University of North Carolina at Charlotte
9201 University City Blvd.
Charlotte, NC 28223-0001
CHHS 427B (Building and Room #)
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