Welcome to the Department of Public Health and Healthcare Leadership (PHHL)

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Creating a Healthier Community Together Through Excellence in Teaching, Research and Service.

The Department of Public Health and Healthcare Leadership (PHHL) offers a variety of academic programs at the undergraduate and graduate level, along with accelerated degree options, to prepare students for employment, career advancement, and lifelong learning in the fields of healthcare administration, health sciences, and public health. From preparing our next generation of health leaders to engaging in innovative research and service in the community, our experienced faculty team supports a diverse student population in achieving their professional goals.

PHHL is located within the vibrant interprofessional, healthcare learning community of Waldron College of Health and Human Services and Radford University Carilion. Our programs are delivered in a 100% online or hybrid format, with full or part-time options. We aim for our programs to be accessible and flexible for working adults. Programs are transfer-friendly and include valuable practical experiences to integrate, apply, and synthesize course knowledge.  


Listen-in to Dr. Sallie Beth Johnson, Chair of the Department of Public Health and Healthcare Leadership, podcast hosted by Beth O'Connor, M.Ed. with Virginia Rural Health Association. Dr. Johnson provides an over-view of what degrees with Health Sciences, Healthcare Administration and Public Health can offer those individuals looking to further their education, discusses internship and mentorship opportunities, and gives examples of what jobs can be obtained with these different level of degrees.

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High impact experiences including capstone projects, internships, and service learning opportunities.


All programs are 100% online offering flexibility for working professionals.


Geared toward students from all walks of life - new, transfer, returning. We have a place for you.


  1. Rachel Rogers charts a new career path in the health sciences »


    After an 11-year career as a flight attendant, Rachel Rogers decided to change her flight plan.

  2. Radford health sciences grad plans to use her degree for career versatility »


    Abigail Ray ’23 always knew she wanted to work in a medical field, but she was also interested in a versatile  career that would allow her to explore the many specialties that healthcare offers. Enter the Bachelor of Science in health sciences at Radford University at Carilion in Roanoke.

  3. Healthcare administration student Mackenzie Hayden awarded Upsilon Phi Delta Scholarship »


    Within her program, Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Administration student Mackenzie Hayden has been widely recognized as a rising star. Now, she's earning accolades externally. Recently, the Association of University Programs in Health Administration named her a 2023 Upsilon Phi Delta Society Scholarship recipient.

  4. Winter Commencement 2022: From Music City to RUC – and an M.S.H.S. »


    The COVID-19 pandemic profoundly affected the career trajectory of many professionals when it hit in 2019, and Anna Kate Draper’s experience was no different. Three years later, she is preparing to graduate from the RUC Master of Health Sciences program with a clinical research administration concentration—the first student to ever graduate from RUC with that particular degree concentration.

  5. STEAM Day returns to Radford University Carilion and Roanoke »


    More than 100 students from local public, private and home-school education arrived at Radford University Carilion on Oct. 28, ready to be immersed in STEAM Day 2022. These eager students engaged with faculty and staff in several science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM) areas.

  6. Healthcare leadership graduate has deep connections with RUC’s location, programs »


    Olivia Simmons, ’16 has many memories of and connections to Carilion Roanoke Community Hospital, now home to Radford University Carilion. From the time she was born until well after her graduation from college, she would return again and again to the downtown Roanoke landmark.