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Graduate Catalog 2008-09

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Public Health

Lloyd F. Novick, Program Director
1709 W. 6th St, Hardy Building, Brody School of Medicine

The master of public health (MPH) requires 45 s.h., comprising 39 s.h. of course work, a major professional paper, and an internship for students without sufficient previous professional experience in public health. The program is delivered through the Department of Public Health, Brody School of Medicine. Up to 12 s.h. of a student’s course work may be transferred from a school or program accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health.

The curriculum is divided among the following components: 24 s.h. in core required courses: interdisciplinary rural health diagnosis and planning, fundamentals of environmental health, public health practice, advanced public health practice, behavioral science and health education, research methods, epidemiology, and biostatistics; 6 s.h. in applications (internship, professional paper, independent study); and 15 s.h. in required courses and electives in one of two specific concentrations that each student must select: health education and promotion; or public health analysis and management. In addition to attaining basic public health competencies, MPH graduates must also attain concentration specific competencies. The internship may be waived if the student has had extensive experience in public health with the approval of the MPH program director. The internship may be repeated or waived and an independent study or course work must be substituted. The professional paper serves as a capstone, applied-learning experience. It will typically describe a public health action, intervention, or an increase in knowledge useful to public health practice that has resulted from the student’s internship experience, professional employment or research. An independent study course may be used to form the research or professional experience into the professional paper. Students are able to enroll in courses at the School of Public Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for elective courses. Requests for transfer of courses taken prior to enrollment must be made at the time of admission and be approved by the director of the MPH program and the dean of the Graduate School. After admission, courses may be approved for transfer within the 9 s.h. limit by the director of the MPH program. For detailed information, see the Program Manual (

MPH Requirements

The master of public health requires a minimum of 45 s.h. as follows:

  1. Core required courses - 24 s.h.
    MPH 6000, MPH 6002, MPH/EHST 6010, MPH 6011, MPH/HLTH 6013, MPH 6020, MPH/NURS 6035, BIOS 7021
  2. Applications - 6 s.h.
    Internship MPH 6901 and professional paper MPH 6991 and MPH 6992 relevant to concentration
  3. Concentrations/Electives - 15 s.h.
    Chosen in consultation with advisor for concentrations, areas of emphasis, or joint degree programs.

Concentration in Health Education and Promotion

HLTH 6001 (3), 6110 (3), and 6600 (3) are required. 6 s.h. of electives are selected by the student in consultation with his or her concentration advisor.

Concentration in Public Health Analysis and Management

MPH 6003, 6021, and 6022 are required. With permission of the MPH Program Director, a course relevant to this concentration can be substituted for one of these required courses. 6 s.h. of electives are selected by the student in consultation with his or her concentration advisor.

Dual MD – MPH degree

The MPH degree requires 45 s.h. and can be completed by medical students by taking MPH course work during a leave of absence between the second and third year of medical school as well as during summer vacations. A leave of absence to pursue the MPH degree may be granted to students in the Brody School of Medicine who have been accepted into the MPH program, have completed Step I of the USMLE, and are in good standing in the medical school.