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Master of Public Health

This experiential Master of Public Health 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, UNC Asheville, and UNC Health Sciences at MAHEC.

The Joint Program of Public Health, planned to begin in the 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 Joint Program of Public Health leverages the strengths of its program partners in a unique interdisciplinary and interprofessional collaborative.

UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health is the leading public health school in the nation with more than 75 years of experience in teaching, research, and the development of innovative public health solutions. UNC Asheville, where the program will be housed the first year, is one of the top liberal arts institutions in the country with an excellent health and wellness program and deep roots in Western North Carolina.

UNC Health Sciences at MAHEC in Asheville, where this program will be housed beginning Fall 2019, is a leader in rural health education and practice and 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 contact us to learn more.

*The Joint Program of Public Health is currently in the process of securing UNC General Administration Approval.