The Leadership in Practice concentration is designed to teach current and aspiring public health professionals to apply leadership principles in a public health context.

Our program will provide you with the knowledge and skills you need to lead teams, projects, organizations and systems in eliminating inequities, improving conditions and fostering change in local and global communities. Through this concentration, you will be prepared to empower populations to live their best lives — no matter their location.

What You’ll Learn

As a student in the Leadership in Practice concentration, you will gain the skills to:

  • Use critical-thinking, design-thinking and system-thinking to solve problems.
  • Advance knowledge using evidence-based research and practice-based evidence.
  • Mobilize others in order to strategically align organizations and systems and accomplish large-scale change.
Looking for more flexibility?
Explore the online version of our Leadership in Practice concentration with MPH@UNC.


Looking for a rural place-based experience?
Explore the Leadership in Practice Concentration in partnership with UNC Asheville and MAHEC.

Career Opportunities

Hosted by the Gillings School’s Public Health Leadership Program, the Leadership in Practice concentration is designed to support professionals at all areas of public health practice, at every level of their leadership journey whether they are entry-level public health practitioners, public health executives, or someone in between. As a graduate of this concentration, you will be well-equipped to move into a variety of roles commensurate with your level of work experience.

The next generation of public health leaders needs to build strong relationships, not only with members of their own team but also with leaders from other sectors, political parties and disciplines. Skills in public health leadership are needed at every level in clinical, community-based and workplace settings, and hiring new talent with fresh perspectives is a priority for nongovernmental and governmental clinical and public health organizations.

Upon graduation, you will be prepared to:

  • Step into leadership roles in which you may work with multidisciplinary leadership teams, governing boards and system partners.
  • Work as a program or organizational manager responsible for supervising teams that focus on complex research or community and interorganizational collaborations.
  • Serve as a team leader or in a project management role in local, state, national and international public health organizations and industries.

Learn more about the opportunities that await you with an MPH from the Gillings School.

Required Courses

In addition to the interdisciplinary, 12-credit Gillings MPH Core, you will take:

  • PUBH 718: Designing Systems for Global Health Implementation
  • PUBH 730: Leading Quality Improvement in Public Health
  • PUBH 745: Leadership across the Program Development Continuum
  • PUBH 748: Leadership in Health Policy for Social Justice
  • PUBH 791: Core Principles in Public Health Leadership
  • PUBH 992: Leadership in Practice MPH Culminating Experience

Concentration Competencies

This program will empower you with the knowledge and skills to achieve the following core competencies:

  • Prioritize public health values and ethics in a philosophy of leadership relevant to adaptive public health challenges.
  • Demonstrate effective communication skills to promote a compelling public health agenda.
  • Facilitate inclusive engagement and collaborative decision-making across professions and with diverse stakeholders to lead in public health practice.
  • Design transformational systems and innovative approaches to ensure effective public health practice.
  • Integrate research and practice-based evidence to continuously improve the quality of public health practice.
  • Develop structures of accountability to promote good governance and stewardship of resources to improve population health.

Requirements and Sample Plan of Study

Leadership in Practice Requirements (PDF)

Leadership in Practice Sample Plan of Study (PDF)

Leadership in Practice Requirements – Asheville (PDF)

Leadership in Practice Sample Plan of Study – Asheville (PDF)


Contact

Want to learn more?

Contact the Public Health Leadership Program at phlp@unc.edu.

Concentration Leaders

Vaughn Upshaw, DrPH, EdD
Professor
Public Health Leadership Program
vupshaw@unc.edu

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