MPH Leadership FAQ
Who should choose this concentration?
This concentration is designed for individuals who want to build leadership skills applicable to any subfield of public health. We have found that students with a few years of work experience get the most out of the concentration, but we do not require applicants to have prior experience.
Our MPH Leadership students enter the concentration with a variety of backgrounds:
- While in medical school, Askia Dunnon pivoted so he could focus on public health research and leadership.
- Victoria Oropello wanted to expand her influence after 20 years of providing mental health services to incarcerated individuals.
- Courtney Peragallo began MPH@UNC shortly after earning her bachelor’s degree and interning with a public health nonprofit.
What can I do with this concentration?
MPH Leadership prepares you for a variety of public health leadership positions by building your knowledge and skills in leadership, assessment, system design, policy development, and community engagement.
Our students and alumni have served in a range of roles, including safety and health specialists, process integration managers, public health nurses, physicians, dentists, veterinarians, clinical trials coordinators, environmental health coordinators, public health educators, and bioterrorism preparedness specialists.
What is the difference between this concentration and a general MPH program?
While the applicability of the MPH Leadership concentration mirrors that of a generalist track, this concentration also focuses on building up leadership skills within the public health field.