Core Course 5: Developing, Implementing & Evaluating Public Health Solutions

Credit Hours: 4

Course Overview

This course is part of the new 12-credit, two-semester integrated core public health training program completed by all MPH students at UNC’s Gillings School.

During the fall semester of the core curriculum, you developed the knowledge and skills necessary to identify and describe public health issues. This semester, you will learn how to develop, implement and evaluate public health solutions.

You will develop skills to help refine and enhance your understanding of public health problems; identify, analyze and prioritize potential solutions; adapt evidence-based solutions for a particular context and fully develop solution proposals; and secure buy-in and effectively implement solutions. In addition, you will learn how to identify and effectively engage with stakeholders throughout this process and how to plan for, conduct and disseminate the results of program and policy evaluations.


  • Select quantitative and qualitative data collection methods appropriate for a given public health context.
  • Analyze quantitative and qualitative data using biostatistics, informatics, computer-based programming and software, as appropriate.
  • Interpret results of data analysis for public health research, policy or practice.
  • Discuss the means by which structural bias, social inequities and racism undermine health and create challenges to achieving health equity at organizational, community and societal levels.
  • Assess population needs, assets and capacities that affect communities’ health.
  • Apply awareness of cultural values and practices to the design or implementation of public health policies or programs.
  • Design a population-based policy, program, project or intervention.
  • Explain basic principles and tools of budget and resource management.
  • Select methods to evaluate public health programs.
  • Propose strategies to identify stakeholders and build coalitions and partnerships for influencing public health outcomes.
  • Advocate for political, social or economic policies and programs that will improve health in diverse populations.
  • Evaluate policies for their impact on public health and health equity.
  • Apply principles of leadership, governance and management, which include creating a vision, empowering others, fostering collaboration and guiding decision making.
  • Apply negotiation and mediation skills to address organizational or community challenges.
  • Select communication strategies for different audiences and sectors.
  • Communicate audience-appropriate public health content, both in writing and through oral presentation.
  • Perform effectively on interprofessional teams.

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