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Public Health Leadership, Master

  • Application Deadline
  • 45 months
University rank #33 (ARWU) Chapel Hill, NC, United States
The Master of Public Health in Public Health Leadership program offered at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill offers an interdisciplinary practice-based curriculum that addresses core workforce competencies in public health while placing special emphasis on leadership.
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The Master of Public Health in Public Health Leadership program offered at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill will give you a population-based perspective derived from the core public health functions of assessment, assurance, and policy development. You will choose from one of four curriculum focus areas: public health practice; public health program development; public health nursing (for BSNs only); and field epidemiology.

The programme

The distance program replicates the classroom experience by using Web-based courses consisting of lectures, discussion forums, group and individual assignments, papers, and exams. Regular UNC-Chapel Hill faculty design and teach your online courses, with some adjunct faculty approved by the program. 

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • The courses in the online Public Health Leadership program are the same courses offered by the on-campus program, but you take your courses entirely online. 
  • You will stay in contact with your instructors, participate in classroom activities, and complete all the same work as students studying on campus, but you will do it from your computer at home, with the exception of two, four-day, on-campus sessions, typically held in August and May of the first year. 
  • Your online courses are enhanced by asynchronous and synchronous learning applications, and by streaming audio and video.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 45 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3.2

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3.2 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

  • This programme accepts GRE® scores and has provided a minimum required score range.

    Minimum required Verbal Reasoning score:


    Minimum required Quantitative Reasoning score:


    The score range represents scores typically accepted at this institution.

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    The GRE® General Test is a widely administered admissions test that measures the skills needed in today's graduate and business school programs worldwide. The GRE® General Test contains three sections - Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing. Three scores are reported: a Verbal Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, a Quantitative Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, and an Analytical Writing score on a 0 - 6 score scale in half-point increments.

General Requirements

Admission Requirements:

  • Prior Degree Required: Bachelor's degree
  • Undergrad G.P.A. : Incoming students had a mean undergraduate GPA of 3.6
  • Letters Of Recommendation Required: 3 (academic and/or professional; academic preferred)
  • At least 3 years of health-related experience is recommended.

Work Experience

At least 3 year(s) of work experience are required.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    17292 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 64848 USD for the full programme and a duration of 45 months.
  • National

    8256 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 30954 USD for the full programme and a duration of 45 months.
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Living costs for Chapel Hill

  • 900 - 1400 USD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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