Program Distinctives

The UNC Gillings School's MPH Program in Asheville focuses on advancing health equity in rural communities by putting public health leadership in practice.

The Leadership in Practice concentration of the Public Health Leadership Program (PHLP) within the Master of Public Health (MPH) at UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health works to prepare public health practitioners for leadership positions by developing population-level knowledge and skills with an interdisciplinary emphasis.

The UNC Gillings' School's MPH Program in Asheville offers many distinctive features including:

High-Impact Learning Opportunities: Students benefit from small cohorts, team-based learning, cross-disciplinary instruction, and real-world program development.

Rural and Underserved Focus: Students work with under-resourced populations and community partners from day one to make a positive impact in these communities.

Practice-Based Curriculum: Classes focus on current health issues, and student teams develop and evaluate public health interventions that address them.

21-Month Degree Program: This program, with one day of classroom instruction per week, is designed for working professionals.

Real-World Impact: The curriculum also features a community immersion project where students apply what they’ve learned to create solutions for public health challenges affecting Western North Carolina.

Public Health Leadership Skill Development

Students acquire mastery in

  • Data analytics
  • Community assessment
  • Strategic human-centered program design
  • Financial development
  • Program implementation and impact analysis
  • Coalition building and stakeholder development
  • Policy advocacy
  • Public health education
  • Community-based participatory research

Applications Due

  • February 1, 2019—SOPHAS
  • February 12, 2019—UNC Supplemental Application

2019–2020 Classes Begin

  • August 18, 2019

For more information about the UNC Gillings School's MPH Program in Asheville, contact Travis Johnson, MD, MPH, at or Sarah Thach, MPH, at