Public Health Leadership Program


Professor of the Practice

Anna P. Schenck, Health Outcomes, Public health quality and quality of care, Cancer Prevention and Treatment, Research Methods for Public Health Practice, Aging Associate Dean for Public Health Practice

Associate Professor

Bonnie Rogers, Occupational Health Nursing, MPH Track Director (Occupational Health Nursing), Director North Carolina Occupational Safety and Health Research Center and Occupational Health Nursing Program

Clinical Professor

William A. Sollecito, Leadership, Global Health, Continuous Quality Improvement, Project Management, Clinical Research, Distance Education, Certificate Administrator Public Health Leadership Online Certificate Programs

Clinical Associate Professor

Rohit Ramaswamy, Global Health, Continuous Quality Improvement Implementation Science, Distance Education, MPH Track Director (Global Online)

Clinical Assistant Professors

Lori A. Evarts, Project Management, Team Effectiveness, Clinical Research, Distance Education, Leadership, Director Graduate Studies

Cheryll D. Lesneski, Continuous Quality Improvement, Community Assessment, Public Health Practice, Distance Education

Susan A. Randolph, Occupational Health Nursing, Distance Education

David Steffen, Leadership, Public Health Practice, Public Health Nursing, Distance Education, MPH Track Director (Leadership)

Adjunct Professors

Timothy Gabel, Health Care and Prevention

Russ Harris, Health Care and Prevention

Melissa McDiarmid, Public Health Leadership

Marcus Plescia, Public Health Leadership

Greg Randolph, Health Care and Prevention, Quality Improvement

Ramon Rojano, Public Health Leadership

Ernest Schoenfeld, Public Health Leadership

Kevin Sowers, Public Health Nursing

Hugh H. Tilson, Public Health Practice, Leadership, Epidemiology

Sanjay Zodpey, Public Health Leadership

Adjunct Associate Professors

Martha Carlough, Health Care and Prevention

Linda Kinsinger, Health Care and Prevention

Joy Reed, Public Health Nursing

Stacey Sheridan, Health Care and Prevention

Sue Tolleson-Rinehart, Health Care and Prevention, Health Politics and Policy, Quality of Care

Anthony Viera, Health Care and Prevention, MPH Track Director (Health Care and Prevention)

Adjunct Research Associate Professor

Lori Carter-Edwards, Public Health Leadership

Adjunct Assistant Professors

Kathryn Andolsek, Health Care and Prevention

James Bowles, Public Health Practice

Ian Buchanan, Health Care and Prevention

Kay Campbell, Occupational Health Nursing

Anthony Charles, Health Care and Prevention

Dorothy Cilenti, Public Health Practice

Nelson Couch, Occupational Health Nursing

Diane Davis, Public Health Leadership

Mary Davis, Public Health Leadership

Pamela Dickens, Public Health Leadership

Kim Faurot, Health Care and Prevention

Cynthia Feltner, Health Care and Prevention

Lara Glass, Public Health Leadership

Margaret Gourlay, Health Care and Prevention

Gary Greenberg, Public Health Nursing

Jennifer Griffin, Epidemiology, Global Health, Distance Education

Carol Gunther-Mohr, Public Health Leadership

Lisa Macon Harrison, Public Health Leadership

Edward Haugh, Public Health Leadership, Distance Education

Sheila Higgins, Public Health Nursing

Judith Holder-Cooper, Public Health Nursing

Daniel Jonas, Health Services Research, Comparative Effectiveness

Diane Kelly, Leadership, Continuous Quality Improvement

Katherine Kirkland, Public Health Nursing

Mellanye Lackey, Emerging Technologies, Distance Education

Elizabeth Lawhorn, Public Health Nursing

Gene Matthews, Leadership

Charles Mike Newton Ward, Public Health Marketing

Judy Ostendorf, Public Health Nursing

Sean Philpott-Jones, Global Health

Deborah Porterfield, Health Care and Prevention

Mamie Sackey Harris, Public Health Leadership, Global Health

Ghazaleh Samandari, Monitoring and Evaluation, Global Health, Distance Education

Richard Scoville, Public Health Practice

Adam Searing, Public Health Policy

Michael Stalker, Public Health Leadership

Michael Steiner, Health Care and Prevention

Erica Taylor, Social Marketing

Joshua Tennant, Health Care and Prevention

Gretchen Van Vliet, Public Health Leadership, Global Health

Jon Wallace, Occupational Health and Safety

Rachel Wilfert, Public Health Leadership

Louise Winstanly, Public Health Leadership, Ethics, Global Health

Jacqueline Wynn, Public Health Leadership

Scott Zimmerman, Public Health Leadership

Adjunct Instructors

Ruth Barlow, Occupational Health Nursing

Kathleen Buckheit, Public Health Nursing

Karen Mastroianni, Public Health Nursing

Leyla McCurdy, Public Health Nursing

Angela Zabel, Public Health Nursing

Professors Emeriti

Nora F. Cline

Marion E. Highriter

Arnold D. Kaluzny

Rachel Stevens

Dorothy M. Talbot

Julia D. Watkins

The Public Health Leadership Program offers a master's in public health degree (M.P.H.) in four tracks: health care and prevention (HC&P); leadership (LMC); Occupational Health Nursing (OHN); and global online (GO MPH). The public health leadership M.P.H. is a 42-credit-hour interdisciplinary and practice-based curriculum addressing the core functions and competencies of public health.

The health care and prevention track (HC&P) is designed for medical students and practicing physicians who are interested in combining their clinical training with a population-based perspective to better serve the public. This track is available only in a full-time, residential format.

The leadership track (LMC) offers a customized curriculum to meet the demands of busy practitioners in public health, including six focus areas: public health practice, program development, field epidemiology, global health, maternal child health, and public health nursing. This curriculum is available in residential or distance format, as a full-time or part-time course of study.

The occupational health nursing track (OHN) provides occupational health nurses with population-based practice skills to assess workers and the work environments and develop programs for risk reduction, health promotion, and illness and injury prevention. This curriculum is available in residential or distance format, as a full-time or part-time course of study.

The global online track (GO MPH) provides working professionals from around the world with the essential skills to address current and emerging public health issues. This curriculum is available entirely online; students take two courses per semester and complete the program in seven semesters.

The Public Health Leadership Program also offers five graduate-level academic certificate programs: the certificate in core public health concepts, the certificate in field epidemiology, the online global health certificate, the public health leadership certificate, and the occupational health nursing certificate. These certificate programs are offered only in a distance format.

The public health leadership M.P.H. is accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH). The public health nursing (M.P.H.), which includes the public health nursing focus area and the occupational health nursing track, in the Public Health Leadership Program, Gillings School of Global Public Health, is accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission, Inc. (NLNAC), 3343 Peachtree Road, NE, Suite 500, Atlanta, GA 30326; (404) 975-5000.


The Public Health Leadership Program uses both PUBH and PHNU abbreviations for course listings. PUBH courses are open to any student unless the individual course indicates permission of instructor is required. PHNU courses are open only to registered nurses or by permission of the instructor. Visit the Web site for additional information:

Courses for Graduate and Advanced Undergraduate Students


423 Industrial Toxicology (3). Toxicological assessment of and a case presentation of related exposure is given. A conceptual approach is utilized to design appropriate programs to prevent worker ill health due to toxicant exposure.

496 Readings in Public Health Nursing (1–21). Permission of the instructor. Reading and tutorial guidance in a selected area of public health nursing or occupational health nursing. Two or more hours per week.

690 Delivery of Community Nursing Services (1–21). Permission of the instructor. Analysis of patterns of organization of community nursing services and their relationships to the health care delivery system. Special emphasis on basic management skills and their application.

Courses for Graduate and Advanced Undergraduate Students


420 AIDS: Principles and Policy (1). Elective course jointly given by the schools of Dentistry, Public Health, Nursing, Pharmacy, and Medicine, designed to provide a multifaceted understanding of social, clinical, and biological aspects of the AIDS epidemic.

423 AIDS Service (3). Permission of the instructor. This course will integrate community service into the campus-wide AIDS course. Students will work as volunteer interns three to five hours per week for ten weeks during the semester with Triangle-area community service organizations.

450 Data Skills Online (1). This online, asynchronous class presents a series of discrete tools designed to teach skills to health professionals for using technology and data management/analysis. Online course.

496 Readings in Public Health Practice (1–3). Permission of the instructor. Intensive study of a special problem in public health practice.

500 Global Health Discussion Series (0.5). Provides opportunities for students to get to know each other through an exchange and discussion. Students exchange points of view with globally experienced faculty at UNC-Chapel Hill.

510 Interdisciplinary Perspectives in Global Health (3). Explores issues, problems, and controversies in global health through an interdisciplinary perspective; examines the complex tapestry of social, economic, political, and environmental factors that affect global health; analyzes global health disparities through a social justice and human rights lens; and exposes students to opportunities in global health work and research.

600 Health Care in the United States (3). An introduction to the fundamental organization, behavior, financing, and challenges of the health system of the United States. The course treats the entire edifice of American health care as "the American health system," and intends to examine it in toto, including by comparing it to other national health systems, and in part, by examining critical components of the system.

610 Introductory Spanish for Health Professionals (3). This course is intended for students who know no Spanish or so little that they feel the need to start over. Students with more than two semesters of college Spanish are not eligible. The course covers the curriculum of first-semester Spanish taught within a health context, with a focus on speaking.

613 Intermediate Spanish for Health Care 1 (AHSC 613I, NURS 613I, PHCY 613I, SOWO 613I) (3). This intermediate course is the equivalent of the third semester of college Spanish. Students will hone their listening and speaking skills in class primarily through role-playing activities and class discussion. Activities center on an original film set in a health clinic in rural North Carolina.

614I Intermediate Spanish for Health Care II (AHSC 614I, NURS 614I, PHCY 614I, SOWO 614I) (3). Prerequisite, PUBH 613I. Permission of the instructor. This primarily e-learning course provides public health students with the opportunity to improve their oral communication skills in Spanish at the intermediate level via DVD, Web, and workbook. Instructor-led. Online course.

615 Advanced Spanish for Health Care I (AHSC 615I, DENT 615I, MEDI 615I, NURS 615I, PHCY 615I, SOWO 615I) (3). Required preparation, third semester Spanish or equivalent. This advanced course reviews the grammar of the third and fourth semester of college Spanish. Students hone their listening and speaking skills through role-playing activities and class discussion. Activities center on an original film set in a Latino-run health clinic.

616I Health Care Informatics (PHCY 616I) (2). Course designed to provide a multimodal learning experience that prepares health sciences students to learn to become proficient at selecting/using technology for organizing, analyzing and managing information in health care settings.

670 Clinical Research Methods (3). This course explores contemporary issues, problems, and controversies in global health through an interdisciplinary perspective. It examines the tapestry of social, economic, political, and environmental factors that affect global health.

671 Writing Scientific Research (3). This course, Introduction to Clinical Research, is designed to give the undergraduate student an overview of clinical research methods. During the semester we will carry actual research projects.

680 Public Health Practice (3). A comprehensive introduction to public health concepts and practice through an examination of the philosophy, purpose, history, organization, functions, tools, activities, and results of public health practice at the national, state, and community levels. Online course.

690 Special Studies (1–3). Permission of the instructor. Sections will focus on specific topics of current interest to health workers. Fliers describing the section offering will be distributed prior to registration each semester. Lecture hours per week dependent upon credit.

Courses for Graduate Students


744 Roles and Functions in Public Health Nursing (3). Emerging roles and responsibilities of public health nurses and health departments. Emphasis on program areas in health departments and public health under health care reform. Three lecture hours per week.

745 Community Interaction and Assessment (PUBH 745) (3). See PUBH 745 for description.

746 Public Health Program Planning and Evaluation (PUBH 746) (3). See PUBH 746 for description.

781 Occupational Health Nursing I: Occupational Health Assessment (3). Permission of the instructor. Concerns factors influencing the development and operation of occupational health programs. General and special health services contingent on work environment and inherent health problems in the employed populations are considered.

782 Occupational Health Nursing II: Occupational Health Programming (3). Prerequisite, PHNU 781. Permission of the instructor. Continuation of PHNU 781. Role components of occupational health nursing with emphasis on designing, implementing, and evaluating occupational health programs. Emphasis on analysis of factors influencing the delivery of health care at the worksite.

783 Occupational Health Nursing: Field Practicum I (2). Pre- or corequisite, PHNU 781. Permission of the instructor. Students have the opportunity to discuss and apply concepts of OHN practice and the work environment. Concepts related to workplace hazards, interdisciplinary activities, and nursing interventions with worker aggregates are emphasized. Three to nine laboratory hours per week.

784 Occupational Health Nursing: Field Practicum II (2). Prerequisites, PHNU 781 and 783. Corequisite, PHNU 782. Permission of the instructor. Students have the opportunity to learn about the managerial and administrative role of the OHN. Emphasis is placed on analysis of the organizational structure, external influencing factors, and evaluation mechanisms.

785 Interdisciplinary Approaches to Occupational Health (PUBH 785) (3). See PUBH 785 for description.

786 Occupational Safety and Ergonomics (ENVR 432, PUBH 786) (3). See ENVR 432 for description.

787 Fundamentals of Industrial Hygiene (2). Provides broad understanding of industrial hygiene. Major emphasis is recognition of hazards in the workplace, evaluation of measurement of those hazards, and application of control strategies.

886 Field Practice in Community Health Nursing (3–6). Permission of the instructor. Field experience in public health nursing or occupational health nursing practice. Study and observation of selected areas related to students' program of study. Field fee, $450.

993 Master's Research and Thesis (3).

Courses for Graduate Students


700 MHCH Planning and Evaluation (3). Permission of the instructor for nonmajors. Limited to residential students in public health. This course will familiarize students with basic concepts and methodologies required for effective public health program planning and evaluation in a variety of settings, both domestic and global. The majority of this course is taught online.

701 Cost-Effectiveness in Health and Medicine (2). This course will offer a relatively in-depth look at cost-effectiveness and the kinds of analyses that use cost-effectiveness methods in assessing interventions to improve health.

702 Systematic Review (1). Course gives students background in assessing and conducting systematic reviews. Focuses on 1) reading, discussing, and critiquing systematic reviews on various topics; 2) reading background and methods articles on systematic reviews; 3) developing a focused question for systematic review; and 4) working on the systematic review over the semester.

703 Quality Improvement in Health Care and Public Health (3). Designed to equip medical students with knowledge and skills needed to provide quality primary care though incorporation of population health and quality improvement methods into their clinical practice.

704 Foundations of Global Health (2-3). Students will gain a broader understanding of population-based global health issues and social determinants of health. Critically examines global health topics with learning from on-line modules, readings, interactions with faculty and staff, and practical experience in a clinical or community health-oriented experience (minimum 2 weeks) outside of the US.

705 One Health: Philosophy to Practical Integration of Human, Animal, and Environmental Health (1-3). This course explores the intersection of human, animal, and environmental health and facilitates the understanding of health as an inexorably linked system requiring multidisciplinary collaborative efforts. The One Health concept demonstrates the importance of a holistic approach to disease prevention and the maintenance of human, animal, and environmental health.

711 Critical Issues in Global Public Health (3). This course teaches systems thinking by exploring how social, political, economic and environmental factors around the world affect the health of populations. Each lesson covers one critical global health issue.

712 Global Health Ethics (3). The course draws a distinction between public health ethics and medical ethics while also placing American public health and ethics in the context of global health and the variation in perspectives and systems among countries.

713 Infectious Disease Epidemiology (3). This course presents an overview of basic principles of infectious diseases that affect public health in the U.S. and worldwide. Topics include: biology of infectious agents, factors affecting emergence/re-emergence, mechanisms of pathogenesis, immunology of infection, epidemiology, and strategies for diagnosis, prevention, and control.

714 Introduction to Monitoring and Evaluation of Global Health Programs (3). This course provides students with basic concepts and methodologies to monitor and evaluate programs in maternal and child health domestically and internationally. Topics include: needs assessments, conceptual frameworks, program monitoring, indicators, information sources, evaluation designs, and survey development. The course focus is on practical issues for program monitoring and evaluation.

715 Communication for Health-Related Decision Making (HBEH 715) (2). See HBEH 715 for description.

716 Implementing Global Health Interventions (MHCH 816, HPM 716) (3). The course objective is to develop, implement, and test a solution to improve healthcare or public health delivery, using a model called the Model for Improvement (or MFI). The model uses three questions to scope the improvement project and four steps, Plan-Do-Check-Act, to implement and test solutions.

717 Gillings Global Implementation Lab – Field Supplement (MHCH 817, HPM 717). Co-requisite, PUBH 716. Interdisciplinary, field-based graduate course for teams of students to apply knowledge and experience to design/implement systematic solutions to improve the delivery of public health services in partnership with organizations around the world. Students develop general insights, learn effective implementation practices, and acquire evidence-based applied experience.

730 Quality Improvement and Leadership (3). Course designed to provide students with an understanding of use of continuous quality improvement methods in community health settings, drawing heavily on actual experiences of the students in their professional lives. Online course.

731 Social Marketing (3). Course will orient students to market-based strategies, models, and tactics for improving individual and community health status within the framework of marketing, strategic communication, and advocacy. Online course.

732 Cultural Competencies of Health Organizations (3). Course will provide health care professionals with a framework for the implementation of National Standards for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services in Health Care (CLAS). Online course.

733 Introduction to Public Health Preparedness for Disasters and Emergencies (3). Introduction to topics related to public health preparedness for intentional and natural outbreaks and natural disasters, including food and water safety, mental health impacts, and risk communication. Online course.

735 Policy Development (3). SPH students or permission of the instructor. Focus is on institutional policy development, regulation and enforcement, and field observation. Online course.

741 Quantitative Methods for Health Care Professionals I (4). Permission of the instructor. Course is designed to meet the needs of health care professionals to appraise the design and analysis of medical and health care studies and who intend to pursue academic research careers. Covers basics of statistical inference, analysis of variance, multiple regression, categorical data analysis.

742 Quantitative Methods for Health Care Professionals II (2). Prerequisite, PUBH 741. Permission of the instructor. Continuation of PUBH 741. Main emphasis is on logistic regression; other topics include exploratory data analysis and survival analysis.

745 Community Interaction and Assessment (3). Course focuses on development of knowledge and skills for interaction and assessment of population, advocacy, collaboration, partnerships, coalition building, and constituency development. Online course.

746 Public Health Program Planning and Evaluation (3). SPH majors or permission of the instructor. Fundamentals of public health program planning and monitoring, with emphasis on applications in community settings and proposal development for program funding. Online course.

747 Project Management Principles and Practices (3). Graduate students only. Provides an overview of knowledge and skills required for effective project/team leadership and management. Includes modules on leadership, management techniques, application of continuous quality improvement, and organizational designs that complement team-based organizations. Online course.

748 Policy Development (2-3). SPH students or permission of the instructor. Designed to provide students with an opportunity to focus on the fundamental aspects of policy development, with an emphasis on local, state, and federal levels within a community setting. Online course.

749 MPH Year & Career (1). Designed for students in the Health Care and Prevention concentration in the M.P.H. program who are actively working on their master's paper. Five required evening sessions in the fall and the regularly scheduled course in the spring.

750 Strategies of Prevention for Clinicians (3). Designed for those interested in the clinical arena. Establishes a framework for examining prevention activities for clinicians, and then considers a number of important health problems and the evidence for applying prevention strategies to these health problems. Encourages active student participation and involves a multidisciplinary faculty. Limited to 30 students.

751 Critical Appraisal of Medical Literature I (2). Emphasizes the process of critical appraisal of existing medical research literature, with examples from a variety of subject areas.

752 Seminar in Critical Appraisal of Medical Literature (2). Emphasizes the process of critical appraisal of existing medical research literature, with examples from a variety of subject areas. Student presentations of structured critical appraisals constitute about 50 percent of sessions.

754 Research Frameworks and Methods for Assessing and Improving Population Health (3). This course is designed to provide students with the fundamental research and analytic methods needed by public health leaders to assess the effectiveness, efficiency, and equity of healthcare in order to improve population health. The focus will be on research skills needed by practitioners with the objective of improving health outcomes.

756 Addressing Health Inequalities in the U.S. (MHCH 756) (3). Disparities in morbidity/mortality in sub-populations continue compared to other U.S. populations. Course explores contributors to inequalities and identifies strategies to counterbalance contributors to correct inequalities using public health resources.

760 Clinical Measurement/Evaluation (EPID 711) (3). Introduction to clinical epidemiology. Provides a broad-based introduction to the concepts and methods of epidemiology with particular emphasis on their application to clinical research, clinical practice, and health care policy.

763 The Politics of Health Reform, Quality, Outcomes, and Effectiveness (3). Systematic analysis of recent reforms to the U.S. health care system, including passage and initial implementation of the Affordable Care Act, with particular attention to how reform is intended to improve access, quality, equity, and effectiveness and whether reform can accomplish this while controlling cost.

767 Team Leadership in Research Navigation (3). This course presents an overview of team leadership and management principles and how to employ practices that promote successful team leadership in multidisciplinary health research settings. Weekly face to face sessions are supplemented by online lectures and required readings describing the management and leadership techniques that have proven successful in multidisciplinary clinical research.

784 Project Management Strategy and Application (3). This course presents classic project management concepts and methods, applicable to information and library science, public health, healthcare and team projects, with an aim to develop a toolbox of strategies to effectively manage projects based on globally accepted theoretical frameworks; practice is gained via assignments, cases and lectures.

785 Interdisciplinary Approaches to Occupational Health (3). Focuses on work, workplace exposures and hazards, and their effect on health. Interdisciplinary approaches to risk identification, reduction, and communication will be emphasized within regulatory and ethical contexts.

786 Occupational Safety and Ergonomics (ENVR 432, PHNU 786) (3). See ENVR 432 for description.

790 The Leadership Assessment Workshop (MHCH 790) (2). See MHCH 790 for description.

791 Core Principles of Public Health (3). Course will introduce students to leadership theories and research, provide a context for leadership in public health, and help students learn core leadership skills. Online course.

793 Global Public Health Leadership (3). This course will make broad use of current events with a leadership relevance across the world, emerging global challenges, both strategic and ethical, and will make extensive use of global issues the students face, presented using the case study method. Online course.

804 Issues in Public Health Leadership (1). This course will provide a case-based approach to the approaches different public health leaders have used to deal with a variety of public health issues. The course will focus on identifying the public health competencies used in real-world situations and how students can apply those competencies to their own work in public health.

805 Public Health in the Global Context: Service Learning with Vulnerable U.S. Populations (1). A spring break interdisciplinary service-learning trip to rural Tyrrell County, NC to learn about the social determinants of health and to promote health and reduce risks. Health professional students from nursing, physical therapy, public health, and social work form interdisciplinary teams to provide population-centered services to residents of this county.

806 Data Skills Online (1). This course focuses on training public health professions to apply basic analytic skills; students select a work-related public health topic of interest. The nine course modules engage students in active learning through the use of case studies, basic data descriptions, on-line discussions, quizzes, and a final project.

886 Field Practicum in Public Health (3–6). The practicum or field experience is intended to provide the student an opportunity to integrate course work in a new or different type of health-related setting. This experience will be completed after most regular course work. The practicum cannot be only an observational experience.

992 Master's (Non-Thesis) (3). Permission of the instructor. A major paper on a problem relevant to public health practice. This study may extend over more than one semester. Credit is assigned accordingly.