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J Public Health Manag Pract. 2006 Sep-Oct;12(5):436-45.

Evaluating the impact of the Management Academy for Public Health: developing entrepreneurial managers and organizations.

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  • 1North Carolina Institute for Public Health, School of Public Health, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC 27599, USA.


The Management Academy for Public Health is a management development program with the goals of helping public health managers learn to manage people, data, and finance, to think and plan like entrepreneurs, and to strengthen public health organizations. Managers enroll as teams and develop business plans in the Academy's extensive project-based learning component. Extensive internal and external evaluation shows that the program improves managers' knowledge, skills, and confidence in key curriculum areas; that participants apply many of the skills in their jobs; that many of the business plans receive funding, resulting in new public health programs; that the training experience helped agencies respond and plan after September 11, 2001; and that many participants report beginning to think more like entrepreneurs through activities like teaming, partnering, innovating, negotiating, finding funds, and generating revenue. The program demonstrates that robust training including extensive work-based project work with coaching can help public health managers gain many skills needed for the drive to "reinvent" government.

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