Public Health Leadership Program


Daniel McMillan, 2013 alumnus of the MD/MPH program in public health leadership, saw patients in a clinic in the Dominican Republic.

The Public Health Leadership Program (PHLP) works to prepare public health practitioners for leadership positions by developing population-level knowledge and skills with an interdisciplinary emphasis. Building upon varied professional experience, students learn collaboratively to assess community health needs, develop innovative policies and programs and assure that new systems are maintained and improved.

Our strengths include:

  • Health politics and policy, health outcomes and models of care delivery;
  • Screening and harms of screening, including overdiagnosis;
  • Prevention and reduction of cardiovascular risks and disease;
  • Integration of primary care and public health;
  • Quality improvement;
  • Hazards and protection of health care workers;
  • Ethical issues in occupational health; and
  • Public health systems and services research.

“I had no idea that I would also be working in the area of physicians’ mental health. This is a relatively new area and one that has unique challenges, given the enormous barriers that prevent physicians from taking care of their own needs.” — Dr. Samantha Meltzer-Brody, MPH ’03

Read more about Samantha’s work

Read accounts of outstanding PHLP student practica

In the News

An unconventional Spring Break: Public health students and others at UNC help with Community Health Assessment in Tyrrell County

A Tale of Two Blogs – The Gillings Global Implementation Lab (GGIL) is an exciting new course in which teams of students work on a public health project in partnership with governmental, non-governmental or private sector organizations.  See the students’ reflections on trips to Raleigh, NC  and Delhi, India.

See other PHLP News