The MPA curriculum helps students develop a greater understanding of public policy. Students enrolled in the online format have the opportunity to take cross-university courses to focus their studies in public health.

By selecting courses from this concentration, students will learn to apply that knowledge of policy evaluation and reform to issues relating to global health and wellness.

What can students accomplish in public health with an MPA degree?

Health care policy continues to garner an increasing amount of attention from all levels of government. This rise in national exposure is resulting in a tremendous need for more policy-driven health-care administrators. The skills students develop in the public health concentration will prepare them for careers in the following areas:

  • Health-care management
  • Hospital administration
  • Budget analysis
  • Health services management
  • Health-care policy regulation
  • Government relations
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Courses in the public health concentration are offered in conjunction with the Milken Institute School of Public Health at George Washington University, one of the nation’s most respected schools of public health. The coursework is designed to build foundational knowledge of public health, and students will learn how to apply the core skills of public service leaders to issues such as disease prevention, health care policy reform, and community health management.

Students who want to pursue a public health concentration must complete at least nine credits from the listing of electives below or other elective courses as approved in advance:

9 credit hours


Approved through MPA@UNC and taken at George Washington University

Please see the course directory for the complete selection of public health courses.

Faculty Contact

Willow Jacobson