Management Academy for Public Health

Creating Entrepreneurial Managers

The Management Academy for Public Health develops public health managers' management skills. Ultimately, the program aims to develop civic entrepreneurs who can improve the efficiency and the effectiveness of their organizations. With help from a coach, teams write public health business plans to meet needs in their communities.

An external evaluation found that 119 teams trained during the first three years of the program generated more than $6 million in enhanced revenue—including grants, contracts, and fees through their business plans—from $2 million in program funding. Approximately 38 percent of the teams expected to generate revenue from an academy business plan or a spin-off plan.

Action-learning methods can help midcareer managers transfer their training to the workplace and build entrepreneurial skills.