College of Health and Human Services

Public Health (MPH)

The Master of Public Health prepares graduate students to apply core principles of public health 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 of healthy communities partnered with responsive population health systems. The mission is to develop 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 4 concentrations: Community Health Practice (CHPR); Epidemiology (EPID), Physical Activity and Nutrition (PANU) 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. Please contact the MPH Program Director for more information (mphprogram@uncc.edu). We are currently accepting applications for Spring 2021. To be considered for department funding and scholarships, Fall applicants should submit their application via the egrad system by January 15th, 2020. Applications submitted after January 15th will continue to be reviewed until the class is full.

Health Informatics and Analytics (MS)

The UNC Charlotte Health Informatics and Analytics Program develops practitioners who bridge data sciences and analytics in support of optimal population health. It leverages its position within the university’s Data Science Initiative and capitalizes on the strength of its parent colleges, Health & Human Services and Computing and Informatics, to prepare national and international students to advance the professional practice of health informatics through a thorough grounding in data science, system architecture, and health analytics. We provide qualified and motivated students from a variety of disciplines, levels of experience, and backgrounds – with a special emphasis on individuals and groups historically underrepresented in graduate education – the knowledge, skills, and abilities to become exemplary practitioners of and advocates for health informatics.

Health Informatics and Analytics (CERT)

The UNC Charlotte Health Informatics and Analytics Program develops practitioners who bridge data sciences and analytics in support of optimal population health. It leverages its position within the university’s Data Science Initiative and capitalizes on the strength of its parent colleges, Health & Human Services and Computing and Informatics, to prepare national and international students to advance the professional practice of health informatics through a thorough grounding in data science, system architecture, and health analytics. We provide qualified and motivated students from a variety of disciplines, levels of experience, and backgrounds – with a special emphasis on individuals and groups historically underrepresented in graduate education – the knowledge, skills, and abilities to become exemplary practitioners of and advocates for health informatics.

Gerontology (CERT)

The Graduate Certificate in Gerontology is designed to provide supplementary graduate education in the field of gerontology. Qualifying undergraduates studying at UNC Charlotte may begin as an Early Entry Student. Those with a bachelor's degree may complete it as a stand-alone option. This is also a perfect gap year program for those between undergraduate and graduate work. Those who already have a graduate degree in another field and want to learn more about older adults or those completing a graduate degree in another field who are interested in working with older adults will be able to understand more about the population they serve by completing this certificate.

Nursing: Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (MSN)

The Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner concentration offers nurses with an acute care/critical care clinical practice background the opportunity to provide care to acutely ill adults. These advanced practice registered nurses will be prepared to function as Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioners (AGACNP).  Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioners provide evidence-based care to acutely ill adults with urgent and emergent complex health issues and critically ill adults with life threatening, rapidly changing physiological and pathophysiological conditions.  The program is implemented in partnership with the Carolinas Healthcare System. Graduates with this concentration will be eligible to take the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) or American Association of Critical-Care Nurses Certification Corporation (AACN Certcorp) examination for Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioners.

Nursing: Family Nurse Practitioner across the Life Span (MSN)

The Family Nurse Practitioner Across the Lifespan concentration offer nurses the opportunity to provide primary care in family practice settings. FNPs provide care to individuals and families across the lifespan, promote wellness and disease prevention, meet tomorrow’s health care challenges, and provide leadership in the delivery of quality health care. Upon graduation, individuals will be qualified to sit for exams leading to Board Certification as a Family Nurse Practitioner by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) and/or the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP). Family Nurse Practitioner Across the Lifespan graduates are prepared to work as primary care providers in (a) Primary Care Practices; (b) Community-based Clinics; (c) Public Health Departments; and (d) Rural/Urban Settings.

Nursing: Nurse Practitioner across the Life Span (post-masters) (PCER)

The Family Nurse Practitioner Across the Lifespan graduate certificate concentration offer nurses the opportunity to provide primary care in family practice settings. FNPs provide care to individuals and families across the lifespan, promote wellness and disease prevention, meet tomorrow’s health care challenges, and provide leadership in the delivery of quality health care. Upon graduation, individuals will be qualified to sit for exams leading to Board Certification as a Family Nurse Practitioner by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) and/or the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP). Family Nurse Practitioner Across the Lifespan graduates are prepared to work as primary care providers in: (a) Primary Care Practices; (b) Community-based Clinics; (c) Public Health Departments; and (d) Rural/Urban Settings.

Nursing: Community Public Health Nursing (MSN)

The Community/Public Health Nursing specialty prepares nurses to assume leadership in assessing communities and populations, identifying high risk groups, and in partnership with communities, consumers, and stakeholders, developing culturally-sensitive, acceptable and realistic community-based nursing interventions. Graduates are expected to demonstrate PHN Competencies identified by the Quad Council. This program is taught online.

Nursing: Nurse Educator (MSN)

The Nurse Educator specialty prepares nurses for advanced practice as Nurse Educators in selected areas of expertise. Students declare a specialty in the application and develop a portfolio from their graduate work demonstrating their expertise. Graduates of this program are prepared for academic positions teaching nursing at the entry into practice or RN-BSN levels and meet the North Carolina Board of Nursing requirements for Nurse Educators.  The program is taught online.