Getting Down to Business: Public Health Professionals Learn How to Manage

From 1998 to 2003, the National Foundation for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC Foundation) administered a pilot educational program to improve the management competency of public health professionals and the effectiveness of their agencies in Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia.

Key Results

The project achieved results in the following areas:

  • The University of North Carolina Kenan-Flagler Business School and School of Public Healthcollaborated in designing the Management Academy for Public Health, a 10-month management development program providing the equivalent of 21 days of executive education.

  • Over the four-year period, 639 managers enrolled in the academy and 593 (93%) graduated.

Key Findings

An evaluation of the Management Academy found the following:

  • Trained at a total cost of $2 million, graduates of the first three years of the academy successfully applied their skills and competencies to garner over $6 million in revenue for their agencies.

  • After graduating from the academy, the majority of participants used their management skills to implement their business plans in their local health departments.

  • Overall, participants were able to apply the skills they learned at the academy to improve their management of people, money and data on the job.

  • Academy participants were well prepared to respond to public health emergencies.