The Online Public Health Leadership Certificate

From the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health

Broaden Your Skills in Public Health Leadership

Modern public health challenges can be unpredictable and severe. For this reason, public health practitioners have always had to keep expanding and broadening their skills in response. As the world continues to face systemic threats to equity, health and wellbeing, we also need practitioners who can manage these changes and lead their organizations forward. 

The Online Certificate in Public Health Leadership prepares experienced public health practitioners and healthcare professionals to master core competencies that enable them to be more effective change agents and leaders within public health organizations. 


The Online Public Health Leadership Certificate at a Glance

9 credit hours (across 3 courses)

1 year to complete (part time)

No GRE required

Bachelor’s degree required

The Online Certificate in Public Health Leadership Curriculum

The online curriculum focuses on leadership topics across varying disciplines including project management and quality improvement.   

Students can also customize the focus of their certificate to suit their interests and career goals, as described below.

Course offerings

The online certificate program is succinct and covers specialized material that will help students accelerate their careers in public health leadership. The courses are:

  • Project Management Principles and Practices (required) — Benefit from an overview of the principles and practices of leadership and management, emphasizing project management.
  • Core Principles in Public Health Leadership (required) — Focus on the major concepts and theories of leadership, including how to apply these principles to public health issues.
  • Leading Quality Improvement in Public Health (one of two electives to choose from) — Balance theory and practical lessons by focusing on managerial and organizational issues for healthcare and public health organizations.
  • Public Health Marketing (one of two electives to choose from) Consider individual and community health improvements through the lens of advocacy, marketing and strategic communication.

Admissions: Online Certificate in Public Health Leadership

Students with at least five years of health or social science-related experience are given priority to the certificate program. Due to limited spaces available in the program, students are encouraged to apply early for the opportunity to broaden their knowledge and education.

Admissions requirements: 

  • Resume
  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Transcripts

Review a complete list of applications and deadlines for the Online Public Health Leadership Certificate.

Create a Healthier World With Us

The UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health works continuously to bring the power of public health to communities around the world. Our certificate will equip you with the tools needed to lead public health initiatives that tackle systemic threats to equity, health and wellbeing.


The Online Learning Experience

Students will attend classes completely online. Courses span three terms during the summer, fall and spring seasons. 

Additional Online Offerings From UNC-Chapel Hill

In addition to the Public Health Leadership Certificate, UNC-Chapel Hill offers other online education options in public health. 




Take Your Public Health Career to the Next Level

You already have the technical skills to make a tangible difference in your organization. Are you ready to develop your leadership skills and influence the change your organization needs? If yes, apply for our Online Certificate in Public Health Leadership.

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