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College of Health and Human Services

Academics at UNC Charlotte

UNC Charlotte Is Advancing Healthcare For Those Who Need It Most

At the UNC Charlotte College of Health & Human Services, we believe that access to healthcare and support is essential for a good quality of life. Through informed and effective teaching in our degree programs, community partnerships, professional activities and scholarship, we create knowledge, advance science and inform ethical and culturally responsive practice in the health and human service professions at a time when high-quality health professionals are needed more than ever before.

Public Health Services

Public health is the art and science of promoting health, preventing disease and injury and prolonging life through organized efforts of society. Our Department of Public Health Services offers a variety of programs, concentrations and certifications that develop healthcare leaders and policymakers who promote healthy communities and responsive health systems.

Career Fields:

  • Hospital Administration
  • Health Communications
  • Public Health Policy
  • Healthcare Management
  • Corporate Wellness
  • Health Services Research
  • Health Informatics

Kinesiology, Exercise Science & Athletic Training

Our Department of Kinesiology is dedicated to promoting optimal health and well-being by encouraging life-long movement and activity. Our programs include degrees in exercise science and athletic training – as well as emerging healthcare professions like respiratory care therapy, sleep science and neurodiagnostics.

Career Fields:

  • Physical Therapy
  • Athletic Therapy
  • Sports Medicine
  • Sleep Science
  • Neurotechnology
  • Respiratory Care
  • Orthopedic Care

Social Work

Employment of social workers is projected to grow 11 percent from 2018 to 2028, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Our School of Social Work offers programs on the undergraduate and graduate levels that prepare social work professionals for leadership in areas of culturally-informed, community-engaged practice, policy, and research – with a strong emphasis on persistent and emerging social problems in diverse urban areas locally, nationally and globally.

Career Fields:

  • Substance Abuse Treatment
  • Child Protective Services
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Clinical Mental Health Counseling
  • Marriage & Family Counseling
  • Youth and Child Services
  • Community Health
  • School & Career Counseling
  • Foster Care
  • Children’s Advocacy
  • Human Resources


The UNC Charlotte School of Nursing prepares excellent, well-qualified professional nurses for urban and rural nursing jobs in North Carolina and beyond. Our nursing programs include options on the bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral, and specialized levels like nurse anesthesia, gerontology nursing, mental health nursing, nursing administration, as well as nursing certifications. UNC Charlotte Nursing students graduate prepared for nursing licensure exams—and ready to practice in community health agencies, home healthcare, and advanced practice settings such as clinics and acute care settings usually found in hospitals and medical centers.

Career Fields:

  • ICU Nursing
  • Advanced Practice Nursing
  • Nurse Anesthetist
  • Respiratory Care
  • Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Nurse Administrator
  • Nursing Educator
  • Gerontology Nursing

A Community Dedicated to Advancing Health Near and Far

Our faculty, students and alumni work to translate clinical and public health breakthroughs to improved patient outcomes – especially for vulnerable, underinsured and underserved communities. Together, we improve the health and quality of life in the Charlotte region, the state of North Carolina and beyond.


You’ll join a cohort of professionals who represent excellence in healthcare – whether through policy leadership or by putting themselves on the frontlines of intervention. Pat Campbell ’84 ’88 is now the vice president of women’s and children’s services at Novant Health. Brittany Akinsola '11 is a nursing alumna who left her home in Charlotte to work in the NYC-based Samaritan’s Purse relief hospital for COVID-19 patients. Recent graduate Maggie Johnson is a Fulbright Scholar who traveled to India, where she worked to support health literacy and accessibility for families of children with disabilities. Devin Clegg, an exercise science alum, is now pursuing a graduate degree with a prestigious National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship.



Imagine learning and working with world-class faculty who share your passion for advancing quality healthcare for all. Our nursing faculty are engaged in nearly $1.1 million of grant funding directly to serve underrepresented populations. A professor of social work is on the Governor’s statewide COVID-19 task force on health inequities. You’ll take public health and health management courses with a professor who has two decades of experience working with local government and nonprofits, and advocacy for HIV/AIDS prevention and care – or work with a nursing professor who is dedicated to training nurse practitioners in rural areas.


Hands-On Experience

Our students get hands-on training and experience with state-of-the-art simulation labs, equipped hospital room labs and biodynamics equipment. We are also involved in projects and academics that give students unique – and sometimes interdisciplinary – research opportunities. UNC Charlotte has joined Carolinas United to End HIV, a new collaborative to health officials and leading researchers in North Carolina and South Carolina to end the HIV epidemic in both states. Our Health Risk Assessment Program provides free health screenings to thousands across the Charlotte Region. Faculty and students often collaborate on research projects – with 54 joint publications and 68 presentations to date – that explore pressing health topics like suicide prevention and rural mortality.

North Carolina Well-Being

Top 20% In The Nation
Top 20% In The Nation
Social Work Graduate Program was ranked top 20% in the nation.
— U.S. News & World Report
#1 part-time MBA (North Carolina public universities) — U.S. News and World Report (2021)
95% Nclex Pass Rate
95% of students in the BSN program pass the NCLEX on the first try.
#1 part-time MBA (North Carolina public universities) — U.S. News and World Report (2021)
100% Pass Rate
100% pass rate on Family Nurse Practitioners, Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioners, Certified Nurse Anesthetists and Athletic Trainers exams.

Alumni Across the Carolinas

UNC Charlotte alumni live, work, teach and support communities throughout the state.

North Carolina
  • Asheville, NC
  • Charlotte, NC
  • Concord, NC
  • Durham, NC
  • Fayetteville, NC
  • Greensboro, NC
  • Greenville, NC
  • Jacksonville, NC
  • Raleigh, NC
  • Rocky Mount, NC
  • Wilmington, NC
  • Winston-Salem, NC

Are you ready to help others?

If you’re passionate about advancing healthcare, contact the UNC Charlotte College of Health and Human Services.