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Master of Public Health

This experiential MPH program is focused on advancing health equity in rural communities and is a unique partnership with UNC Gillings, the number one public school of public health in the nation, and UNC Health Sciences at MAHEC.

The UNC Gillings MPH Program in Asheville, planned to begin in fall of 2018*, will train students in core public health and rural health issues, healthcare transformation, and community leadership skills in collaboration with community partners across rural Western North Carolina. Through sound research and the development of innovative interdisciplinary public health interventions, students will become fluent in pursuing health equity in rural communities, addressing community health concerns, and navigating healthcare systems.   

Why Public Health?

Research demonstrates that public health has a strong influence on individual and community well-being, with some estimates showing public health factors accounting for more than 95% of health outcomes such as life expectancy, quality-adjusted life years, and mortality rates. (Hartley, 2004).  

Public health interventions are upstream solutions designed to prevent disease and promote wellness through individual, community and systems-level change.

Why this Public Health Program?

The accredited UNC Gillings MPH Program in Asheville will leverage the strengths of its program partners in a unique interdisciplinary and interprofessional collaborative.

Pending institutional approval, the first cohort will begin in fall 2018 and will receive an MPH from UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health. Beginning fall 2019, it is anticipated the program will offer an MPH degree conferred jointly by UNC Asheville and UNC Gillings with classes held at the UNC Health Sciences at MAHEC campus in Asheville.

UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health is the number one public school of public health in the nation with more than 75 years of experience in teaching, research, and the development of innovative public health solutions. UNC Gillings has done extensive research on issues relevant to rural populations.

UNC Asheville is one of the top liberal arts institutions in the country with an excellent health and wellness program and deep roots in the community. UNC Asheville is a leader in developing the cross-disciplinary thinking and leadership skills that are critical for addressing complex public health issues.

The Mountain Area Health Education Center (MAHEC) has been a leader in rural health education and practice for more than 40 years and has a robust network of community and healthcare partners in all 16 WNC counties. The UNC Health Sciences at MAHEC campus, where this program will be permanently housed, will facilitate unsiloed collaboration among students, residents, clinicians, and researchers dedicated to improving rural health.

We encourage you to explore what makes our program distinctive and join us in person for our next information session.

*The UNC Gillings MPH Program in Asheville is currently in the process of securing UNC General Administration Approval.