Health Care Providers: UNC Gillings School of Global Health MPH is launching this fall in Asheville

May 11, 2018

Dear fellow WNC providers,

I am proud to announce that UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health will be starting a Masters in Public Health Program this fall in Asheville.  Applications for this program will open later this month and classes will begin August 21.

The design of this program is to build Public Health Capacity in WNC.  Our aim is to train leaders to think with the Public Health paradigm, have skills to engage their communities and to help effectively transform our health care systems.

The MPH Degree will be delivered by UNC Gillings, which is a top 3 public health school in the nation and the number 1 public health public institution. The curriculum will focus on 3 areas: Core Disciplines of Public Health including data analytics and program development, The PHLP Leadership in Practice Curriculum, and building Communities of Solution in WNC. The program will take 21 months (5 semesters). Classes will be held only on Fridays to be flexible for working professionals.  This degree is designed to provide students the opportunity to enhance analytic skills and leadership abilities while enabling them to network with leaders in Public Health across WNC.

I am specifically recruiting health care providers to be involved in this program.  As we move forward in Health Care Transformation, we are realizing the 85% of improved health of our communities does not happen in the clinics and hospitals, but in the community. As physicians, I believe we need to be in this process and engaging our communities.  I also believe that doctors who engage in community health are more satisfied with their practice and more resilient in life.  Obtaining an MPH opens doors for you to have greater impact in your community and within your health system.   The leadership curriculum will enable you to bring needed change and encourage those around you to do the same.


If you are interested in expanding your careers into leadership, public health, community health or community advocacy please sign up on our website.    We will send you more information regarding the program and the application process.  You can also email me,

Thank you for all your are already doing to care for our communities.


Travis D Johnson, MD MPH

Interim Director, UNCA/UNC Gillings Joint Program of Public Health Research and Adjunct Professor, Health and Wellness Dept, UNC Asheville Faculty Physician, MAHEC/UNC Rural Family Medicine Residency, Hendersonville, NC Medical Director, Believe Child Advocacy Center

UNC Health Sciences at MAHEC

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