Distance Learning

Laura Cunningham joins her class
online through the School’s
distance learning program.

The School of Public Health’s distance learning programs improve the public’s health by teaching the next generation of public health leaders and strengthening the skills of current practitioners. To that end, distance education opportunities are available to students in Chapel Hill and on the other side of the world.

The School offers several online master’s degrees, as well as the only online doctor of public health degree (DrPH) in public health leadership in the country. Some courses require an annual, two-week visit on campus; some can be completed on a part-time basis without coming to campus at all.

We provide our distance learners with top-of-the-line technological resources, accessibility and support — and a curriculum that is convenient, flexible and meaningful. Nearly half of current School of Public Health students study from home or work.


Sandra Greene, PhD, research associate professor of health policy and management, teaches students from around the world who are working toward a doctor of public health (DrPH) through the School’s distance learning program.


Last modified: 01/19/21