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 in all areas of public health practice, at every level of their leadership journey. Whether you are an entry-level public health practitioner, a public health executive or somewhere in between, you will graduate from this concentration well-equipped to move into a variety of roles commensurate with your 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

  • PUBH 718: Designing Systems for Global Health Implementation
  • PUBH 730: Leading Quality Improvement in Public Health
  • PUBH 748: Leadership in Health Policy for Social Justice
  • PUBH 781: Community Engagement and Leadership in Health
  • PUBH 791: Core Principles in Public Health Leadership
  • PUBH 992: Leadership in Practice MPH Culminating Experience

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:

  • 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.

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