Program Distinctives

The UNC Gillings 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) works to prepare public health practitioners for leadership positions by developing population-level knowledge and skills with an interdisciplinary emphasis.

Our MPH program will offer many distinctive features including:

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

Rural and Underserved Focus: Students will work with under-resourced populations and community partners from day one. This approach enables students to make a positive impact in these communities while developing the skills necessary to become public health leaders in rural and underserved areas anywhere in the world.

Experiential Case-Based Curriculum: Classes will be taught through real-world cases, focused on current community issues, and led by an interdisciplinary team. The extended community-based curriculum will provide opportunities for student teams to develop and evaluate public health interventions in rural communities.

21-Month Degree Program: Flexible schedule with one day of classroom instruction per week, designed for adult learners and working professionals.

Real-World Impact: The curriculum also features an 18-month community immersion project where students will apply what they’ve learned to create solutions for public health challenges affecting Western North Carolina.

Public Health Leadership Skill Development

Students will 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

Proposed Program Timeline

June 2018

  • Completed applications due

August 24, 2018

  • MPH program classes begin in Asheville