Starting fall 2018, students can earn a master’s degree in public health online with a concentration in public health leadership through the Gillings School of Global Public Health.
The Master's of Public Health (MPH) has been available online for many years, but the School of Global Public Health is working to expand the program and make it accessible to more students. Currently, separate degree programs are being consolidated into one MPH degree with multiple concentrations.
The new online core curriculum includes five courses, ranging from Data Analysis for Public Health to Conceptualizing Public Health Solutions. The core creates a foundation for the different concentrations.
“The MPH core is required for every MPH, and we are completely redeveloping so it is interdisciplinary and interconnected,” Todd Nicolet, vice dean of the Gillings School of Public Health, said. “(The pieces of the core) are being developed in relation to each other.”
The Leadership in Practice concentration is the newest concentration in the online MPH program, but is already offered as a program within the school. According to the information page, students in the program will learn leadership skills that they can apply in a local and global public health context.