Online MPH With Leadership in Practice Concentration

The University of North Carolina’s Gillings School of Global Public Health offers its online Master of Public Health (MPH) program, MPH@UNC, with a Leadership in Practice concentration.

Designed to teach current and aspiring public health professionals to apply leadership principles in a public health context, the Leadership in Practice concentration 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. With this concentration, you will be prepared to empower populations to live their best lives, no matter their location.

As a student in the online MPH Leadership in Practice concentration, you will gain:

  • Critical-thinking, design-thinking and system-thinking skills
  • The ability to advance knowledge using evidence-based research and practice-based evidence
  • Skills needed to mobilize others in order to strategically align organizations and systems and accomplish large-scale change

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.

Career Information

The Leadership in Practice concentration is designed to support professionals at every level of public health practice, with specific regard to those currently in public health management and leadership roles. Graduates with this concentration will be well-equipped to move into a variety of roles, commensurate with their level of work experience.

The UNC Gillings School's on-campus Leadership Program has graduated more than 1,400 public health professionals across the country and around the world. Our graduates serve as leaders in global, national, state and local settings.

Gillings graduates are prepared to:

  • Step into leadership roles in which they may be responsible for working with multidisciplinary leadership teams, governing boards and system partners.
  • Work as program and organizational managers responsible for supervising teams that focus on complex research, community and interorganizational collaborations.
  • Serve as team leaders and in project management roles in local, state, national and international public health organizations and industries.

Required Leadership in Practice Concentration Courses

  • Principles of Public Health Leadership (3 credits)
  • Leadership for System Transformation (3 credits)
  • Leadership for Health Policy and Equity (3 credits)
  • Leader’s Role in Implementation, Monitoring and Evaluation (3 credits)
  • Leadership in Public Health Quality Improvement (3 credits)

Leadership in Practice Concentration Competencies

The online MPH program’s Leadership in Practice concentration is designed to meet the following Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) concentration competency requirements:

  • Integrate research and practice-based evidence to identify, design, implement or evaluate systems, structures, programs, policies and practices that promote well-being and improve health where people live and work in local, national or global settings.
  • Develop innovative strategies to facilitate constructive dialogue and collaboration across health professions and with diverse stakeholders to create effective, sustainable and resilient systems that address current and emerging public health challenges.
  • Employ adaptive leadership skills and systems thinking to optimize the use and management of public health resources to reduce morbidity and mortality, improve well-being of individuals and communities, and advance health equity.
  • Design multidimensional approaches to evaluate the processes, outcomes and impacts of complex public health systems, programs and policies.
  • Disseminate findings that enhance the rapid translation of knowledge into policy and practice in clinical, community and workplace settings.
  • Demonstrate effective advocacy skills and high ethical standards in communicating and promoting public health priorities and leading change to effect those priorities.
  • Adopt practices to engender leadership skills in others, recognizing and rewarding those whose work exemplifies the values, principles and practices of public health leadership, professionalism and commitment.

To learn more about MPH@UNC, request information and an admissions counselor will contact you.