The Management Academy for Public Health prepared teams of health professionals for new management challenges in community health by offering a hands on program in business planning. Courses were taught by award-winning faculty from the University of North Carolina’s Kenan-Flagler Business School and the Gillings School of Global Public Health and were designed to build skills in managing money, people, data, and partnerships. Participants in the program created a public health business plan designed to address a key public health problem in their community.
The Academy served health managers in governmental public health and in the broader public health system, including hospitals, health associations, and grass-roots organizations. The curriculum was custom-designed for health professionals who may lack formal management training.
Funding from the de Beaumont Foundation allowed the Management Academy to recruit scholars from a wider geographic area; pilot a training program delivered “on-site” for communities completing the NACCHO-sponsored strategic planning process “Mobilizing for Action through Planning and Partnerships”(MAPP); develop new online resources to extend the reach of the Management Academy, especially into rural areas; and implement Quality Improvement training in the Management Academy curriculum.