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. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. Master of Healthcare Administration graduate brings diverse background to leadership roles »


    Peri S. Braxton-Sears ‘22, a graduate of the Master of Healthcare Administration program at Radford University Carilion, says you are your greatest barrier, if you allow it. Her inspirational story about earning her master's degree and using it to develop a thriving career just might make you think twice about making the leap in your own post-grad educational journey.

  5. The Master of Healthcare Administration program was a perfect fit for healthcare communicator »


    Hannah Curtis, M.H.A. ’20, had a thriving career with Carilion Clinic as a media relations specialist and public information officer when she decided she wanted to build on her professional experience with a graduate degree. For Curtis, the Master of Healthcare Administration program at RUC was a natural fit.

  6. Growing as an educator through the Doctor of Health Sciences program at RUC »


    Julia Castleberry, DPT, D.H.Sc., ’21 says the Radford University Carilion Doctor of Health Sciences program offers a self-paced curriculum and 100% online coursework, which helps professionals to work on their terminal degrees in harmony with the other demands in their lives. For her, that included working full-time, raising her sons, caring for a small farm and commuting long distances for work.