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Public Health Degrees in North Carolina with Course Descriptions

There are five schools in North Carolina that offer public health degree programs. Read an overview of these programs, requirements and tuition info and find out which school is the right one for you.

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Essential Information

According to the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System from the National Center for Education Statistics, the field of 'public health' generally refers to a program that provides information about managing, planning, and overseeing public health care services. Programs in this field provide instruction about topics such as biostatistics, public health law enforcement, and epidemiology.

In North Carolina, students have the choice of a handful of schools that offer degrees in or related to public health, many of which are graduate degree programs. At least two bachelor's degree programs are available, in addition to master's and doctoral degrees. Students in medical doctorate programs will complete medical school in addition to residencies. Other public health programs may require the completion of internships, research projects, theses, or dissertations, depending on the school and the program.

Read on for more detailed information about each of the schools in North Carolina to offer degree programs related to the field of public health. Find, also, a table of schools' offerings, settings, and tuition costs.


East Carolina University

East Carolina University is located in Greenville and enrolls about 27,000 students. The school offers a Master of Public Health (MPH) program that requires 42 credit hours of study that includes coursework, an internship and professional paper and classes in a concentration. Concentrations are available in health behavior and public health analysis and management. Core classes in the program focus on topics like rural health, epidemiology and public health practice.

The school also offers a dual Doctor of Medicine and MPH program. Students in this program complete the requirements for the MPH degree between their second and third year of medical school and over the summer before their fourth year of medical school.

Lenoir-Rhyne University

This university is located in Hickory and enrolls approximately 2,000 students. It offers a Master of Public Health program that requires 45 credit hours of study. This program is available on the school's campus in Hickory as well as on its campus in Asheville, and can be designed to accommodate working students. Classes in the program cover topics like epidemiology, public health biology and environmental health. The program's curriculum also includes a capstone project and practicum. Students in this program can pursue a graduate certificate in health care administration.

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

This university, which is located in Chapel Hill, enrolls about 29,000 students. It offers more than 40 public health-related degree programs, including several dual degree programs, through its Gillings School of Global Public Health.

At the undergraduate level, the school offers a Bachelor of Science in Public Health. Students in this program can major in biostatistics, environmental health science nutrition or health policy and management. The curriculum of these 4-year programs differs depending on the chosen major.

At the graduate level, the university offers a Master of Public Health and a Master of Science in Public Health. The former program is designed to prepare individuals for positions in the field that require knowledge of biostatistics, while the latter is a research-oriented program. Both programs require two years of study.

The school also offers a Doctor of Public Health program that is designed to prepare graduates for leadership positions in research careers. Admission to this program requires at least 12 months of prior work experience in public health or an advanced degree. Students in the program complete two years of coursework and write a dissertation.

University of North Carolina at Charlotte

The University of North Carolina at Charlotte is located in Charlotte. It offers a Bachelor of Science in Public Health that includes instruction in the major fields of public health, such as epidemiology and environmental health. Classes in this program cover topics like health care administration, behavior change theories and women's health issues. The program's curriculum also includes research, a capstone project and an internship.

The university also offers a 45-credit-hour Master of Science in Public Health. This program's curriculum includes coursework, a capstone project, an internship and research. Classes in the program include applied nutrition for today's consumer, international comparative health systems and public health data analysis.

University of North Carolina at Greensboro

This university is located in Greensboro and enrolls about 19,000 students. It offers a Master of Public Health program that requires 45 semester hours of study. Classes in the program cover topics like public health statistics, environmental health and community health programming. The program's curriculum also includes an internship.

Additionally, the university offers a Doctor of Public Health program. This 72-credit hour program is designed to prepare graduates for careers in research and requires that students write a dissertation. Classes in the program focus on subject like health policy, community health interventions and epidemiology. The curriculum also includes a practicum.

School Comparison: At a Glance

School Name School Type & Setting Public Health Programs Offered Graduate Tuition & Fees (2015-2016)
East Carolina University 4-year, public; small city Master of Public Health,
Dual Doctor of Medicine and Master of Public Health
$6,857 for in-state and $19,459 for out-of-state students*
Lenoir-Rhyne University 4-year, private not-for-profit Master of Public Health $9,360 per year*
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 4-year, public; small city Bachelor of Science in Public Health,
Master of Public Health,
Master of Science in Public Health,
Doctor of Public Health,
Numerous dual degree and other public-health related programs
$11,074 for in-state and $28,285 for out-of-state students*
University of North Carolina at Charlotte 4-year, public; large city Bachelor of Science in Public Health,
Master of Science in Public Health
$7,032 for in-state and $19,703 for out-of-state students*
University of North Carolina at Greensboro 4-year, public; large city Master of Public Health,
Doctor of Public Health
$7,489 for in-state and $20,938 for out-of-state students*

Source: *College Navigator, National Center for Education Statistics.

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