Public Health Managers' Management Academy in Need of Continuing Support, Consultant Finds

Studying the sustainability of an executive education program for public health managers

In 2003, Lee Thielen, a public health consultant under contract with the Colorado Foundation for Public Health and the Environment, made a study of the possible expansion, marketing and sustainability of the Management Academy for Public Health, located at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC) Kenan-Flagler Business School and School of Public Health.

It is an executive education program for managers in the public health system. (See Program Results Report on ID# 033489 for a description of the academy.)

Key Recommendations

After interviewing about 80 public health leaders and other academy and public health stakeholders, Thielen made a series of recommendations that included the following:

  • The academy should seek continuing, diversified support and a gradually expanded market, possibly limited to the southeastern United States.

  • The academy's original funders—RWJF, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, the federal Health Resources and Services Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)—should consider maintaining base funding for the academy, while also investing in new public health management training programs around the country as a means of advancing this work elsewhere.

  • The four states (Georgia, Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina) that have benefited from the academy should assume a greater role in marketing and sustaining it.